Introductory Literary Studies Products

  • Critical Reading and Writing

    An Introductory Coursebook, 2nd Edition

    By Andrew Goatly, Preet Hiradhar

    Critical Reading and Writing is a fully introductory, interactive textbook that explores the power relations at work in and behind the texts we encounter in our everyday lives. Using examples from numerous genres - such as popular fiction, advertisements and newspapers - this textbook examines the…

    Paperback – 2016-02-19 

  • Shelley's Style

    By William Keach

    First published 1984. In a provocative study, this book argues that the problems posed by Shelley’s notoriously difficult style must be understood in relation to his ambivalence towards language itself as an artistic medium — the tension between the potential of language to mirror emotional…

    Hardback – 2016-02-01 

  • Narrative: The Basics

    By Bronwen Thomas

    Providing an up-to-date and accessible overview of the essentials of narrative theory, Narrative: The Basics guides the reader through the major approaches to the study of narrative, using contemporary examples from a wide range of narrative forms to answer key questions including: What is…

    Paperback – 2015-11-24
    The Basics

  • The Bible and Literature: The Basics

    By Norman W. Jones

    The Bible and Literature: The Basics provides an interpretive framework for understanding the significance of biblical allusions in literature—even for readers who have little prior knowledge of the Bible. In doing so, it surveys the Bible’s influence on a broad range of English, American, and…

    Paperback – 2015-11-19
    The Basics

  • Studying English

    A Guide for Literature Students

    By Robert Eaglestone, with Jonathan Beecher Field

    Clearly focussed on the needs of students, Robert Eaglestone and Jonathan Beecher Field have revised the best-selling Doing English specifically for English literature courses in America. Studying English presents the ideas and debates that shape literary studies in America today. This overview of…

    Paperback – 2015-11-16

  • Poetry: The Basics

    3rd Edition

    By Jeffrey Wainwright

    Now in its third edition Poetry: The Basics remains an engaging exploration of the world of poetry. Drawing on examples ranging from Chaucer to children's rhymes, Cole Porter to Carol Ann Duffy, and from around the English-speaking world, it shows how any reader can understand and gain more…

    Paperback – 2015-11-09
    The Basics

  • Engagements with Close Reading

    By Annette Federico

    What should we do with a literary work? Is it best to become immersed in a novel or poem, or is our job to objectively dissect it? Should we consult literature as a source of knowledge or wisdom, or keenly interrogate its designs upon us? Do we excavate the text as an historical artifact, or…

    Paperback – 2015-10-19
    Routledge Engagements with Literature

  • The Anatomy of Poetry (Routledge Revivals)

    By Marjorie Boulton

    It is impossible to appreciate poetry fully without some knowledge of the various aspects of poetic technique. First published in 1953, with a second edition in 1982, this title explains all the usual technical terms in an accessible manner. Marjorie Boulton shows that it is possible to approach a…

    Paperback – 2015-01-19
    Routledge Revivals

  • The Anatomy of Literary Studies (Routledge Revivals)

    By Marjorie Boulton

    First published in 1980, The Anatomy of Literary Studies provides students of English Literature with a clearer understanding of the significance and scope of the subject and a comprehensive background to its study. It gives pointers towards intellectual integrity and advice on independent study,…

    Paperback – 2015-01-19
    Routledge Revivals

  • This Thing Called Literature

    Reading, Thinking, Writing

    By Andrew Bennett, Nicholas Royle

    What is this thing called literature? Why should we study it? And how? Relating literature to topics such as dreams, politics, life, death, the ordinary and the uncanny, this beautifully written book establishes a sense of why and how literature is an exciting and rewarding subject to study.…

    Paperback – 2015-01-09

  • Introducing Comparative Literature

    New Trends and Applications

    By César Domínguez, Haun Saussy, Darío Villanueva

    Introducing Comparative Literature is a comprehensive guide to the field offering clear, concise information alongside useful analysis and examples. It frames the introduction within recent theoretical debates and shifts in the discipline whilst also addressing the history of the field and its…

    Paperback – 2014-12-11

  • Critical Theory Today

    A User-Friendly Guide, 3rd Edition

    By Lois Tyson

    This thoroughly updated third edition of Critical Theory Today offers an accessible introduction to contemporary critical theory, providing in-depth coverage of the most common approaches to literary analysis today, including: feminism; psychoanalysis; Marxism; reader-response theory; New Criticism…

    Paperback – 2014-11-24

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