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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (28 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826497500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826497505
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 748,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Studying English Literature contains literary and social history and a glossary of terms, balances thoughtful generalizations with careful case studies, and explains how best to use literary theory and secondary criticism (and how not to use it). This excellent guide will be consulted often by undergraduates studying literature, if they are wise.'
- Merritt Moseley, Professor of Literature and Language, The University of North Carolina at Asheville, USA

'This is an excellent introduction to studying English at university. It encourages students to be active, independent learners, helping them to develop the close reading and critical thinking skills necessary for a successful English degree. It's written in a fun, easy-to-follow style, with up-to-date suggestions for ways of understanding different literary periods and much helpful advice.'
- Professor Sharon Ruston, Chair in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, University of Salford, UK

About the Author

Ashley Chantler is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Chester, UK. David Higgins is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Leeds, UK.

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I was advised to buy this book during the first year of my degree by a tutor in my department. My advice to anyone considering buying or consulting this book would be to avoid it. Search for something more rigorous which actually contains useful information. The intention of this book by its authors is to serve as a guide to studying English Literature at degree level. The problem is however that the advice is basic. It is the sort of advice and information that anyone who's studied English at A-Level (which is required if you want to study English Literature at most universities in the UK) would be aware of. There are two key flaws:
-The book contains a history of English literature, which is like an extensive timeline, but this history only begins at the Renaissance. What about Medieval Literature? Why is that left out? You can't pick and choose which periods you want to include if you're claiming to provide a historical framework of ideas.
-The sections on the Romantic and Victorian Period are far too vague.
The book simply tries to do far too much and, as a result, most of the content is vague and unhelpful. One could easily find better information available on wikipedia or other websites.
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Reading this book was a great eye opener for me after years of not using all that I had learnt at school.
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