An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory
14 Mar 2016
Taylor & Francis
Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle
Lively, original and highly readable, An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory is the essential guide to literary studies. Starting at The Beginning and concluding with The End, chapters range from the familiar, such as Character, Narrative and The Author, to the more unusual, such as Secrets, Pleasure and Ghosts. Now in its fifth edition, Bennett and Royles 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 Feelings, Wounds, Body and Love 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 readers eyes to the exhilarating possibilities of reading and studying literature.