What does advanced or university study of English literature involve today? How should students read literary texts? Answers to these questions have substantially changed over recent decades, particularly in response to advances in literary theory. In the light of these trends, this volume provides a new, updated guide for students beginning their study of literature. It provides clear, prgamatic explanations of critical practices and literary forms, styles, and techniques, employing examples taken from readily available, commonly assigned works. Each chapter is written by an experienced academic and teacher, resulting in an unbeatable introduction to the reading of literary texts and their critical, formal, and historical implications. New students will find new and essential insights on every page, directing their understanding for years to come and opening up the imaginative promise of literary study.
Dermot Cavanagh is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Edinburgh Alan Gillis is Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh Michelle Keown is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh James Loxley is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh Randall Stevenson is Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature at the University of Edinburgh