Literary Analysis: The Basics is an insightful introduction to analysing a wide range of literary forms. Providing a clear outline of the methodologies employed in twenty-first century literary analysis, it introduces readers to the genres, canons, terms, issues, critical approaches, and contexts that affect the analysis of any text. It addresses such questions as:
- What counts as literature?
- Is analysis a dissection?
- How do gender, race, class and culture affect the meaning of a text?
- Why is the social and historical context of a text important?
- Can digital media be analysed in the same way as a poem?
With examples from ancient myths to young adult fiction, a glossary of key terms, and suggestions for further reading, Literary Analysis: The Basics is essential reading for anyone wishing to improve their analytical reading skills.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Thinking about Literature 2. Close Reading: Words and Forms 3. Analysis in Context 4. Comparative Analysis 5. Analysis and the Critics 6. Analysis and Literary Theory 7. Conclusion: Analytical Writing Glossary Index
Celena Kusch is Associate Professor of American Literature at the University of South Carolina Upstate, USA.