An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory
14 Mar 2016
Taylor & Francis
Bennett, Andrew; Royle, Nicholas
Lively, original and highly readable, An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory is the essential guide to literary studies. Starting at Ã¢Â€Â˜The BeginningÃ¢Â€Â™ and concluding with Ã¢Â€Â˜The EndÃ¢Â€Â™, chapters range from the familiar, such as Ã¢Â€Â˜CharacterÃ¢Â€Â™, Ã¢Â€Â˜NarrativeÃ¢Â€Â™ and Ã¢Â€Â˜The AuthorÃ¢Â€Â™, to the more unusual, such as Ã¢Â€Â˜SecretsÃ¢Â€Â™, Ã¢Â€Â˜PleasureÃ¢Â€Â™ and Ã¢Â€Â˜GhostsÃ¢Â€Â™. Now in its fifth edition, Bennett and RoyleÃ¢Â€Â™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 Ã¢Â€Â“ Ã¢Â€Â˜FeelingsÃ¢Â€Â™, Ã¢Â€Â˜WoundsÃ¢Â€Â™, Ã¢Â€Â˜BodyÃ¢Â€Â™ and Ã¢Â€Â˜LoveÃ¢Â€Â™ Ã¢Â€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 readerÃ¢Â€Â™s eyes to the exhilarating possibilities of reading and studying literature.