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How Literature Works: 50 Key Concepts
Contributor(s): Sutherland, John
ISBN: 0199794200     ISBN-13: 9780199794201
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: May 2011
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Annotation: How Literature Works is an indispensable book for any reader seeking a greater appreciation of their favorite novel, poem, or play. It offers a lively and straightforward guide to literary thinking. With a series of compact essays, the renowned literary critic John Sutherland--widely admired for his wit and clear reasoning--strips away the obscurity and pretension of literary study. His book offers concise definitions and clear examples of the fifty concepts that all book lovers should know.

It includes basic descriptive terms (ambiguity, epic), the core vocabulary of literary culture (genre, style), and devices employed by authors (irony, defamiliarization). More broadly, How Literature Works explores the animating concepts behind literary theory (textuality, sexual politics), traces the forces that impact literature's role in the real world (obscenity, plagiarism), and grapples with the future of reading (fanfic, e-book).

For any reader who wants to get the most out of the literature they read, Sutherland's short sharp book will both inform and delight.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Literature; Terminology.
Literary form; Terminology.
BISAC Categories:
- Literary Criticism | Books & Reading
- Literary Criticism | Reference
Dewey: 803
LCCN: 2010045323
Academic/Grade Level: Scholarly/Undergraduate
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.75" W x 0.75" (0.65 lbs) 205 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s): r>John Sutherland, who has been a book columnist for the Guardian and a chair of judges for the Man-Booker prize, is Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London.