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An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory

An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (Paperback, 5th New edition)

By Bennett, Andrew
By Royle, Nicholas

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Starting at 'the beginning' and concluding with 'the end', the book covers topics that range from the familiar ('character', 'narrative', 'the author') to the more unusual ('secrets', 'pleasure', 'ghosts'). This new edition incorporates five new chapters on 'love', 'wounds', 'bod... read full description below.

ISBN 9781138119031
Barcode 9781138119031
Published 14 March 2016 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Paperback, 5th New edition
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ISBN-13 9781138119031
ISBN-10 1138119032
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Publication Date 14 March 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, 5th New edition
Edition 5th New edition
Author(s) By Bennett, Andrew
By Royle, Nicholas
Category Literary Theory
Literary Studies: General
Number of Pages 425
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 617g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Literature - History and criticism - Theory, etc, Literature - History and criticism - Theory, etc
NBS Text Literary Theory
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 801.95
Catalogue Code 961049

Description of this Book

Starting at 'the beginning' and concluding with 'the end', the book covers topics that range from the familiar ('character', 'narrative', 'the author') to the more unusual ('secrets', 'pleasure', 'ghosts'). This new edition incorporates five new chapters on 'love', 'wounds', 'bodies', 'the affect effect' and a 'digital supplement'. Instead of relying on abstract 'isms', Bennett and Royle successfully illuminate complex ideas by engaging directly with literary works, so that a reading of Jane Eyre opens up ways of thinking about racial difference, whilst Chaucer, Raymond Chandler and Monty Python are all invoked in a discussion of literature and laughter. Each chapter ends with a guide to further reading and the book also includes a glossary and bibliography. A companion website features downloadable chapters on writing and reading as well as an engaging 'digital supplement'. A breath of fresh air in a field that can often seem dry and dauntingly theoretical, this book will open the reader's eyes to the exhilarating possibilities of both reading and studying literature and theory.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Praise for previous editions: 'By far the best introduction we have, bar none. This unmatched book is for everyone: from those beginning literary study, through advanced students, and up to teachers; even those who, like me, have been professing literature for years and years.' J. Hillis Miller, Distinguished, Research Professor, University of California, Irvine, USA 'Sparkling, enthusiastic and admirably well-informed.' Helene Cixous 'An exceptional book. It is completely different from anything else currently available, refreshing, extremely well written and original in so many ways ... It is just the sort of book I would want my students to read...It is quite the best introductory book that I have ever come across.' Philip Martin, Sheffield Hallam University, UK 'Fresh, surprising, never boring, and engagingly humorous, while remaining intellectually serious and challenging...This is a terrific book, and I'm very glad that it exists.' Peggy Kamuf, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA 'This excellent book is very well written and an outstanding introduction to literary studies. An extremely stimulating introduction.' Robert Eaglestone, Royal Holloway College, University of London, UK 'I am convinced that Bennett and Royle have written a pathbreaking work and I suspect that this book - so full of laughter, suspense, secrets and pleasure - will have an appeal beyond a strictly academic audience.' Alan Shima, University of Gavle, Sweden 'All the chapters in the volume are illuminating, informative and original.' Robert Mills, King's College London, UK 'Bennett and Royle offer a different kind of introduction, which directly involves the reader in the problems and pleasures of thinking about literature - its distinctiveness, its strangeness, its power, its inexhaustibility...They succeed brilliantly in encouraging readers who arenew to theory to appreciate its importance, enjoy its revelations, and understand some of its conceptual apparatus without diminishing the centrality of literary writing itself. This is a book which students in every introductory course on criticism and theory would benefit from having.' Derek Attridge, University of York, UK 'The best introduction to literary studies on the market.' Jonathan Culler, Cornell University, UK 'The most un-boring, unnerving, unpretentious textbook I've ever come across.' Elizabeth Wright, University of Cambridge, UK 'It is by far the best and most readable of all such introductions that I know of ... The treatment of the various topics is masterful, evenhanded and informative. I cannot think of a better introduction for undergraduates, to be sure, but for many graduate students too.' Hayden White, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA 'I don't know of any book that could, or does, compete with this one. It is irreplaceable.' Richard Rand, University of Alabama, USA '[Bennett and Royle have] cracked the problem of how to be introductory and sophisticated, accessible but not patronising.' Peter Buse, English Subject Centre Newsletter
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Andrew Bennett is Professor of English at the University of Bristol. He publishes on Romantic and twentieth-century literature and on literary theory. His books include This Thing Called Literature (2015, coauthored with Nicholas Royle), William Wordsworth in Context (2015), Ignorance: Literature and Agnoiology (2009) and The Author (2005). Nicholas Royle is Professor of English at the University of Sussex. He publishes on literary theory, modern literature and Shakespeare. His books include Veering: A Theory of Literature (2011), How to Read Shakespeare (2005) and Jacques Derrida (2003), as well as the novel Quilt (2010).

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