An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory
Lively, original and highly readable, An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory is the essential guide to literary studies. Starting at â€˜The Beginningâ€™ and concluding with â€˜The Endâ€™, chapters range from the familiar, such as â€˜Characterâ€™, â€˜Narrativeâ€™ and â€˜The Authorâ€™, to the more unusual, such as â€˜Secretsâ€™, â€˜Pleasureâ€™ and â€˜Ghostsâ€™. Now in its fifth edition, Bennett and Royleâ€™s classic textbook successfully illuminates complex ideas by engaging directly with literary works, so that a reading of Jane Eyre opens up ways of thinking about racial difference, for example, while Chaucer, Raymond Chandler and Monty Python are all invoked in a discussion of literature and laughter.
The fifth edition has been revised throughout and includes four new chapters â€“ â€˜Feelingsâ€™, â€˜Woundsâ€™, â€˜Bodyâ€™ and â€˜Loveâ€™ â€“ to incorporate exciting recent developments in literary studies. In addition to further reading sections at the end of each chapter, the book contains a comprehensive bibliography and a glossary of key literary terms.
A breath of fresh air in a field that can often seem dry and dauntingly theoretical, this book will open the readerâ€™s eyes to the exhilarating possibilities of reading and studying literature.