- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (8 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0748640258
- ISBN-13: 978-0748640256
- Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1.5 x 15.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 647,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Edinburgh Introduction to Studying English Literature Paperback – 8 Apr 2010
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An up-to-date guide for students ... Each chapter is contributed by leading scholars from the University of Edinburgh. --Times Higher Education
About the Author
Dermot Cavanagh is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Edinburgh. Alan Gillis teaches creative writing as well as modern and contemporary poetry at the University of Edinburgh. Michelle Keown is Lecturer in English Literature and the University of Edinburgh and specialises in Postcolonial literature and theory, particularly that of the Pacific region. James Loxley works on Renaissance and early modern poetry and drama, especially the work of Ben Jonson; the literature and political discourse of the civil war period and the writing of Andrew Marvell; and contemporary literary theory, particularly issues of performativity. Randall Stevenson is Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature.
Top Customer Reviews
At this level of scholarship, this is extremely sloppy.
Some of the essays are helpful but some are simply baffling. For example, "...the most we can say about a 'great' work of literature is that it is a particularly impressive failure". I have no idea what that means. My fault, I'm sure, but as an introduction I find this guide lacking.
This book would also be useful for studenst from other universities too, since it provides an excellent and accessible starting point for credible essay sources. Essays regarding poetry, drama and narrative are all covered over multiple different topics within each literary genre, as well as more broad introductory essays over such as questions as 'What is literature?' as well as others. These are questions which all first year undergraduate literature students will study, so this book proves very useful for this demographic.
The table of contents is clear and concise, and the book itself is not overly large, with it being very easy to find the section you need. The font size is also nice, not too small or too large, and so it makes reading the articles less of a jaunt. I particularly like the section at the end of each essay which provides a list of further related works which you can look up. This is also very useful for essay writing, and shortens the search for sources considerably once you've found the topic you are studying.