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Close Reading: The Basics

1st Edition

By David Greenham


180 pages

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Close reading is the most essential skill that literature students continue to develop across the full length of their studies. This book is the ideal guide to the practice, providing a methodology that can be used for poetry, novels, drama, and beyond. Using classic works of literature, such as Hamlet and The Great Gatsby as case studies, David Greenham presents a unique, contextual approach to close reading, while addressing key questions such as:

  • What is close reading?
  • What is the importance of the relationships between words?
  • How can close reading enhance reading pleasure?
  • Is there a method of close reading that works for all literary genres?
  • How can close reading unlock complexity?
  • How does the practice of close reading relate to other theoretical and critical approaches?

Close Reading: The Basics is formulated to bring together reading pleasure and analytic techniques that will engage the student of literature and enhance their reading experience.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Chapter 1 Seven pleasures of reading; Chapter 2 The semantic context; Chapter 3 The syntactic and thematic contexts; Chapter 4 Getting to the crux of things: Hamlet, a case study; Chapter 5 The iterative context, Part 1: character and plot; Chapter 6 The iterative context, Part 2: sounds and rhythms; Chapter 7 The generic context; Chapter 8 The adversarial context; Conclusion: Adversarial appreciation and the futures of close reading; Glossary; Bibliography

About the Author

David Greenham is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of the West of England, UK.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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