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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (5 Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415128676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415128674
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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'A marvellously compact, all round guide to English, written primarily with the undergraduate in mind but suitable for everyone with an interest in the language. Seriously academic textbooks rarely make for interesting, accessible reading for the rest of us, but this is one very welcome exception.' - Writing Maga zine

'Useful to teachers as a handbook to the changing nature of English Literature, and a source of classroom activities' - English and Media Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Rob Pope is Principal Lecturer in English Studies at Oxford Brookes University. He has taught English at universities in England, Wales, Russia, New Zealand and Australia. Well known for his innovative teaching practices, he is author of Textual Intervention (Routledge, 1995). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Q. Robbins on 25 July 2002
Format: Paperback
I've just completed the first year of an English Literature degree and was going slightly mad trying to understand critical theory. I started to read all the books by the bigwigs of the subject only to give up in confusion after a few chapters. So, what a relief to find this book! Not only have I learnt much, but I feel satisfyingly intellectual because I UNDERSTAND it!
This book aims to be a guide to the student of all things English and is especially aimed at those, like me, at the beginning of their degree. It is so perfect for me right now that, if it was a man, I'd marry it!! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a comprehensive introduction to Literary and Critical studies. It is simply laid out, very easy to read and (if you like that kind of thing) extremely interesting.
It includes a general overview of the subject of 'English' and it's history, a chapter on theoretical positions and practical approaches (including exercises so that you can experiment with what you learn), a huge chapter covering common topics (such as 'Character and characterisation', 'Comedy and tradgedy, carnival and the absurd' 'Difference and similarity'), an anthology of sample texts and a glossary of common grammatical and linguistic terms.
This book is nothing if not comprehensive. I am amazed at how much information Rob Pope has managed to condense. He writes in a chatty, informal style and all key concepts are explained. It is not meant to be read from cover to cover but rather dipped into, like a handbook. And if you've read this far then you'll know that I definitly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Q. Robbins on 25 July 2002
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I've just completed the first year of an English Literature degree and was going slightly mad trying to understand critical theory. I started to read all the books by the bigwigs of the subject only to give up in confusion after a few chapters. So, what a relief to find this book! Not only have I learnt much, but I feel satisfyingly intellectual because I UNDERSTAND it!
This book aims to be a guide to the student of all things English and is especially aimed at those, like me, at the beginning of their degree. It is so perfect for me right now that, if it was a man, I'd marry it!! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a comprehensive introduction to Literary and Critical studies. It is simply laid out, very easy to read and (if you like that kind of thing) extremely interesting.
It includes a general overview of the subject of 'English' and it's history, a chapter on theoretical positions and practical approaches (including exercises so that you can experiment with what you learn), a huge chapter covering common topics (such as 'Character and characterisation', 'Comedy and tragedy, carnival and the absurd' 'Difference and similarity'), an anthology of sample texts and a glossary of common grammatical and linguistic terms.
This book is nothing if not comprehensive. I am amazed at how much information Rob Pope has managed to condense. He writes in a chatty, informal style and all key concepts are explained. It is not meant to be read from cover to cover but rather dipped into, like a handbook. And if you've read this far then you'll know that I definitely recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Dolan on 20 Jan 2000
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What an amazing book this is! It manages to be playful without condescension and theoretically rigorous without jargon or cant. There's nothing like it in the field of English Studies. Pope can handle any text, from Queen lyrics to epic, with such a deft hand that it almost looks easy--until you see what happens when others try it.
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