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Big book! Big ideas! Massive help!,
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This review is from: The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (Hardcover)
Yup, I am a Literature student toiling away at uni, and yes I love books. What I don't like in lectures is fleeting references to obscure writers who we are supposed to know about and their critical theory. "Go to the library" we are constantly told, but for what book! Okay, rant over. This book has LOADS of critical and theoretical texts and is going to be invaluable as I move into my third and final year. It covers a wide variety of criticism and theory and might be slightly daunting... but it is less dunting than sitting in a cold library for hours on end looking for book and then finding out it is on loan. This book has most things covered (I haven't sat and read through it yet, but skimming through I have found 90% of lecture references) and means no more cowering behind a mountain of books.
Be warned though, this book is a beast! 2500+ pages, thinnish paper and okay print size and pretty weighty.
Buy it now fellow students, this what your loans and grants are for, not beer or tattoos! Hope my grades climb up a bit now as I finally have a chance of understanding the more obscure theory references!
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Initial post: 30 Sep 2011 15:12:47 BDT
Wow! Thanks for all the people who have voted my review useful! I really appreciate it and I wish you all luck with your studies!
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2011 13:57:27 BDT
Mr. John Ryan says:
On the basis of your review I have bought it ! Thanks for the info . . .
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2011 15:34:53 GMT
Hope you find the book useful and sincerely wish you luck with your studies too
Posted on 30 Oct 2011 18:08:17 GMT
Mr. John Ryan says:
Can't wait to have my spanking new copy delivered by post!
Hurry up, Mr. Postman !!
In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2013 12:40:15 BDT
What a wonderful review! Actually liked reading it. Hope you're doing plenty well in your final years at Uni! :)
I'm thinking of buying this (the price is an issue but lets see!)
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2013 16:29:57 BDT
I graduated in 2012 with first class honours. This book was a massive help for me throughout and also lead me to read other writers and subjects too. Good luck with whatever you are studying :)
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 17:30:19 BDT
David Hipple says:
A book like the one at hand here will, if well edited (as it appears to be), serve as a constructive set of pointers to rich areas of further enquiry. It is not designed to be a panacea, or a magic bullet for avoiding personal research entirely. In your own way you will surely get some useful things out of this volume, but I hope that not too many people fully embrace your advice. Those interested in gaining the highest marks and becoming genuinely effective scholars should be aware of the significant credit given to evidence of independent research, beyond simply bothering to understand allusions in lectures. Competence in using resources including libraries to follow-up and build upon references is a necessary skill for genuine scholarship.
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