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How to Read Literature - Terry Eagleton
How to Read Literature
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What makes a work of literature good or bad? How freely can the reader interpret it? Could a nursery rhyme like Baa Baa Black Sheep be full of concealed loathing, resentment, and aggression? In this accessible, delightfully entertaining book, Terry Eagleton addresses these intriguing questions... show more
What makes a work of literature good or bad? How freely can the reader interpret it? Could a nursery rhyme like Baa Baa Black Sheep be full of concealed loathing, resentment, and aggression? In this accessible, delightfully entertaining book, Terry Eagleton addresses these intriguing questions and a host of others. How to Read Literature is the book of choice for students new to the study of literature and for all other readers interested in deepening their understanding and enriching their reading experience.In a series of brilliant analyses, Eagleton shows how to read with due attention to tone, rhythm, texture, syntax, allusion, ambiguity, and other formal aspects of literary works. He also examines broader questions of character, plot, narrative, the creative imagination, the meaning of fictionality, and the tension between what works of literature say and what they show. Unfailingly authoritative and cheerfully opinionated, the author provides useful commentaries on classicism, Romanticism, modernism, and postmodernism along with spellbinding insights into a huge range of authors, from Shakespeare and J. K. Rowling to Jane Austen and Samuel Beckett.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780300190960 (0300190964)
Publisher: Yale University Press
Pages no: 216
Edition language: English
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4.0 How to Read Literature
I like reading books about reading because it reinforces why I love reading so much in the first place. This was an amusing and brief book on reading classic literature. Be forewarned: this book contains major spoilers. I really don't think you can have spoilers for classics, but if you don't know ...
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'Good poems and novels are those that transcend their age and speak meaningfully to us all. They deal in permanent, imperishable features of human existence - in joy, suffering, grief, death and sexual passion, rather than in the local and incidental.'Literary criticism: where philosophy and psychol...
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I’ve always been a fan of Terry Eagleton so was delighted to read his new book. How to Read Literature is something for debate and Eagleton attempts and succeeds to show readers how they can achieve a deeper understanding of literary texts by examining different aspects. He discusses through five ch...
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