Practical Guide to Literary Study

Practical Guide to Literary Study

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A PRACTICAL INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY STUDY is a brief guide designed for any literature course. Written to be useful and accessible, this text focuses on critical reading with a concentration on the literary canon. The text also introduces you to the tools, terms, and methods you need for discussing literature and incorporating critical thinking into your writing. It will guide you through the research process from beginning to end.show more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 453.6g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0130947865
  • 9780130947864

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A PRACTICAL INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY STUDY is a brief guide designed for any literature course. Written to be useful and accessible, this text focuses on critical reading with a concentration on the literary canon. The text also introduces you to the tools, terms, and methods you need for discussing literature and incorporating critical thinking into your writing. It will guide you through the research process from beginning to end.show more

Table of contents

I. LITERATURE AND CRITICAL THINKING. 1. Literature and the Literary Canon. 2. Challenges to the Canon. 3. Why Read Literature? II. READING CRITICALLY. 4. The Act of Reading. 5. Reading Fiction Actively. 6. Engaging with Poetry. 7. Experiencing Drama. 8. Analytical Reading. III. UNDERSTANDING LITERARY LANGUAGE. 9. The Elements of Narrative. 10. Figurative Language. 11. Prose Genres. 12. Poetry, Forms and Genres. 13. Drama. IV. EXPLICATION AND ANALYSIS. 14. From Reading to Writing. 15. Formulating an Argument. 16. Citing Primary Texts and Formatting Your Paper. 17. Practical Advice. 18. Sample Student Essay 1. 19. Sample Student Essay 2. V. SECONDARY SOURCES, RESEARCH, AND CRITICAL THEORY. 20. Research Methods in the Digital Age. 21. Reading Literary Criticism. 22. Practical Advice for Reading and Evaluating Literary Criticism. 23. Plagiarism and Academic Honesty. 24. MLA Documentation Style. 25. A Brief Introduction to Critical Theory. 26. Reading a Theory-Based Article. VI. READINGS. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.show more

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