An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory

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Pearson/Longman, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 344 pages
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'The best introduction to literary study on the market' Jonathan Culler,

"Cornell University'"

'The most un-boring, unnerving, unpretentious textbook I've ever come across'

"Elizabeth Wright, University of Cambridge"

'It is by far the bext and most readable of all such introductions that I know of...The treatment of the various topics is masterful, even-handed, and informative. I cannot think of a better introduction for undergraduates, to be sure, but for many graduate students too.'

"Hayden White, University of California at Santa Cruz"

I don't know of any book that could, or does, compete with this one. It is irreplaceable' ""

"Richard Rand, University of Alabama"

(Bennett and Royle have) cracked the problem of how to be introductory and sophisticated, accessible but not patronising.'

"Peter Buse, English Subject Centre Newsletter"

"An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory"provides a completely fresh and original introduction to literary studies.

Bennett & Royle approach their subject by way of literary works themselves (a poem by Emily Dickinson, a passage from Shakespeare, a novel by Salman Rushdie), rather than by way of abstract theoretical ideas and "isms." In thirty-two short chapters they focus on a range of familiar-looking terms (character, the author, voice, narrative) as well as less obvious ones (laughter, pleasure, ghosts, secrets) in order to show why such literary texts are so compelling. This third edition updates and expands on earlier editions, and includes new chapters on:

  • creative writing
  • literature and film
  • war
  • monsters, mutants and the inhuman

"An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory" avoids what is so frequently tiresome or intimidating about 'theory', offering instead an introduction that is consistently entertaining, thought provoking and surprising.

The Authors

The authors have wide experience of teaching and lecturing on literature and literary theory at universities in Britain, Europe and the United States. Andrew Bennett is Professor of English at the University of Bristol and Nicholas Royle is Professor English at the University of Sussex.

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It has all the virtues of Culler's Very Short Introduction except extreme brevity. By far the best introduction I've read so far that breaks 120 pages. Not useful only for classes that require ... Read full review

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User Review  - ruric - LibraryThing

Engaging, readable and informative introduction to literary studies. Thirty two chapters which cover aspects such as the author, the text and the world, narrative, character, voice. Each chapter is supported with guidance for further reading. Read full review

Contents

The beginning
1
Readers and reading
9
The author
18
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

The authors have wide experience of teaching literature and literary theory at universities in Britain, Finland and Denmark.

Andrew Bennett is currently Professor of English at the University of Bristol. He has also authored: 'Romantic Poets and the Culture of Posterity' (CUP) and 'Katherine Mansfield' (Northcote House, 2003).

Nicholas Royle is currently Professor of English at the University of Sussex. He is the author of: 'The Uncanny: An Introduction' (MUP) and 'Jacques Derrida' in the Routledge Critical Thinkers Series.

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