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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd edition edition (27 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230516483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230516489
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Thinking About Texts remains a market leader in terms of clarity, depth of engagement and ease of use.' - John Sears, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
 
'The first edition of Thinking About Texts was a useful and practical volume that introduced students to key issues in literature and language studies. The revisions in the new edition make it an even more valuable teaching tool.' - Rocio Davis, University of Navarra, Spain
 
'Hopkins's text remains an excellent introduction to English.' - Christine Alexander, University of New South Wales, Australia

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A revised and updated new edition of a successful introductory textbook which helps students adopt a genuinely degree-level approach to English Studies.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SGrainger on 13 May 2012
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I had to buy this textbook for a module in my English Literature degree called 'Critical Contexts', the course was structured completely round Hopkins' book therefore I had no choice but to read all of it.

I found the author's voice is to be too prominent in his discussion and his narrative style too personal and intrusive. The book is split into five chapters with subsections for each chapter so in that respect it is fairly reader friendly. Questions are proposed in each subjection and it is advised you answer them all to fully engage in the topics. This, I warn takes hours and is not overly rewarding.

I appreciate that literary theory is a very important aspect of literary study however in my opinion this book did not help me to engage with critical theory at all, admittedly the questions make you think but all I kept feeling was how does this relate to literature? On a positive note, the excerpts of literature and critical essays Hopkins has chosen are concise and useful.

Only buy this if your lecturers force you to!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sarahs on 25 Jun 2012
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I found this book very vague, it wasn't direct enough for student reading, I bought it for my first year a while ago because Chris Hopkins is my tutor and although the narrative voice is friendly, not cold and cynical like some other introductions, it was quite difficult to read and understand precisely what idea the author was trying to pin point. However, one good thing was that it was quite practical - it gives you examples and pieces of texts you might not other wise read. I thought this practicality was a good idea, especially for first years, although overall there are probably more useful books available so if you want to buy it, try and find it in a shop and have a look through.
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