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1st Edition

Comparing Texts

ISBN 9780415328593
Published December 8, 2004 by Routledge
96 Pages

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Book Description

Routledge A Level English Guides equip AS and A2 Level students with the skills they need to explore, evaluate, and enjoy English. Books in the series are built around the various skills specified in the assessment objectives (AOs) for all AS and A2 Level English courses.
Focusing on the AOs most relevant to their topic, the books help students to develop their knowledge and abilities through analysis of lively texts and contemporary data. Each book in the series covers a different area of language and literary study, and offers accessible explanations, examples, exercises, summaries, suggested answers and a glossary of key terms.

Comparing Texts:

  • provides students with the skills they need to compare and contrast texts
  • explores and compares texts from a wide range of genres and periods
  • draws on a large number of literary and non-literary texts, from Chaucer's Wife of Bath to The Good Wife's Guide, from Frankenstein to poetry by Carol Ann Duffy, and from Nigella Lawson to Fast Food Nation
  • introduces the main themes and issues students need to consider when comparing texts: themes, genre, time and place, form and structure, and intertextuality.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Genre  Text Conventions  Case Study: The Recipe Genre.  Conclusion.  Summary.  2. Theme  Bridging the Gap between Texts.  Case Study: Single Parents and their Children.  Bleak House in Context.  Choosing Your Own Theme.  Conclusion  Summary.  3. Linked and Labelled Texts  Labelling Texts.  The 'Great Tradition' and Cultural Capital.  Problems with the Labelling Process.  Case Study: The Romantic Movement.  The Romantic Background and the Age of Revolution.  The Byronic Hero.  Romantic Texts in Context.  Key Contextual Questions.  Extension Exercise: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner  Conclusion.  Summary.  4. Sources and Adaptations  Parody Case Study: Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones's Diary.  Comparing Form, Structure and Language.  Interpretations of Texts.  The Writer's Context.  The Text's Context.  The Reader's Context.  The Readings Context.  Conclusion.  Summary.  5. Comparing Texts in Examinations  Case Study 1: Comparing Literary Texts.  Case Study 2: Comparing Non-Literary Texts.  Conclusion: Comparing Texts in Examinations - Methods and Approaches.  Summary.  Suggestions for Answers.  Glossary

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Nicola Onyett is an experienced A level examiner, moderator and coursework advisor. Previously Head of English at Queen Margaret's School in York she now teaches in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of York.