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A decent introduction
on 5 October 2011
I suppose the problem with any introduction to English Literature would be that anyone who has read anything in English has already had a limited introduction to the subject. When no reader is starting at a truly beginner level, it is difficult to know what should be included in an introduction. Added to this, there are hundreds of important things to point out about English Lit that simply wouldn't fit in a 200 page guide. Consequently, the book covers the history of English literature in a rather vague way, not providing much original analysis.
For students of literature, I would suggest that a book such as 'Doing English' provides more of an insight into the debates surrounding the study of the subject, and more thorough guides to particular periods and aspects of literature might be useful too.