The Edinburgh Introduction to Studying English Literature

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What does university study of English Literature involve today? How should students read literary texts? Answers to these questions have substantially changed and developed over recent decades, often in response to advances in literary theory.

In the light of this and other recent developments, the Edinburgh Introduction provides a new, updated guide for students beginning their study of literature today. Recent developments in theory are explained throughout, but they are not the only focus of attention. Instead, the emphasis is on clear, pragmatic explanation of critical practices, and of literary forms, styles and techniques. These explanations are carefully illustrated through examples taken from readily-available works - usually ones included in the Norton or other major anthologies. Each chapter is written by an experienced academic and teacher from Edinburgh University's Department of English Literature, recently reaffirmed as one of the best in the United Kingdom.

The result is an unbeatable resource for new students: a well-stocked toolbox, offering foundational introductions to ways literary texts can be approached, and to the critical, formal and historical understanding this requires. New students will find essential insights on every page, guiding their understanding for years to come and thoroughly opening up for them all the imaginative promise of literary study.

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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

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An up-to-date guide for students Each chapter is contributed by leading scholars from the University of Edinburgh. Times Higher Education An up-to-date guide for students Each chapter is contributed by leading scholars from the University of Edinburgh.

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