A Beginner's Guide to Critical Reading: An Anthology of Literary Texts

A Beginner's Guide to Critical Reading: An Anthology of Literary Texts

by Richard Jacobs

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A Beginner's Guide to Critical Reading brings literature to life by combining a rich selection of literary texts with original and lively commentary. Unlike so many introductions to literary studies, it vividly demonstrates how criticism and theory can enhance your own enjoyment and appreciation of literature.
Aimed at AS, A2 and undergraduate students, Richard Jacobs draws a map of English Literature which is fresh and distinctive and which offers guidance to many familiar landmarks. In the process he shows that studying literature can be a source of huge pleasure and interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415234689
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/18/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

1. Wyatt's "They flee from me": Sexual Politics and Metrical History
2. Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice: Framing the Outsiders
3. Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida: Men Reading and Writing a Woman
4. Shakespeare's Sonnets: Courtly Patronage and the Homoerotic
5. Milton's Paradise Lost: Republican Politics and the Canon
6. Marvell, Winstanley, Milton: Gardens, Communes, and Losing Paradise
7. Swift's Gulliver's Travels: Colonialism and Eden Lost again
8. Johnson and Others: Toryism, The Slave-Trade, Poverty, Being and Reading a Character
9. Wordsworth's Poems of Boyhood: Myths of Initiation in Revolutionary Times
10. Bronte's Wuthering Heights: Three-Volume Novels, Centers, and Loss
11. Melville's Bartleby: The Crisis of Interpretation
12. Dickinson's Poems: Women Writing the Inexpressible
13. Dickens's Our Mutual Friend: Between Men, Education, and Law
14. Carroll's "Alice" Books: Remembering the Love-Gift
15. Wilde's The Happy Price: Sex and Politics in the Fairy-Tale
16. Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper": The Woman's Body, Hysteria, Intertextuality
17. James's The Turn of the Screw: Desire in Loss and the Reader-Response
18. Conrad's The Secret Agent: Journeying into Political Vision
19. Green's Living: The Working Class in Modernism and the Search for the Father
20. Rhys's Good Morning, Midnight: Women in Colonialism and Framed in Exhibition
21. Williams's Drama: Realism in the Theater, Policing the Allowable on Stage and in Film
22. Hill's "September Song": The Modern Poet inHistory, The Poem's right to Exist
23. Beckett's Not I: Challenging the Audience with a Life, Lost
24. Bishop and Berryman's Poems: How to Lose, and Loss in This Book
Appendix: Ovid's "Narcissus"

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