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Mastering English Literature
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Introduction.- PART 1: THE NOVEL.- Stories.- Characters.- Narration.- Plot.- Settings.- The Scope of the Novel.- PART 2: DRAMA.- Familiar Drama.- The Language of the Stage.- Plots and Actions.- Characters.- Audience.- Watching and Studying.- PART 3: POETRY.- Valuing, Performing, Hearing.- What Poets Make.- What Poets Think.- What Poets Do: Words and Meanings.- Poetic Shapes and Sounds.- The Work of Poets.- PART 4: GENRE.- Classification.- Tragedy.- Comedy.- Epic.- Lyric.- Satire.- Romance.- Gothic.- Pastoral.- PART 5: CONTEXT.- The Past.- Religion and the Bible.- Classical Civilisation.- Books and Ideas.- The Arts.- Society.- PART 6: INTERPRETATION.- Discovering Meanings.- Internal Interpretation: Narratology, Grammar and Genre.- Internal Interpretation: Formalism.- Theorists and Literary Features.- Debating Interpretations.- External Interpretation: Social.- External Interpretation: Feminism.- External Interpretation: Psychological.- External Interpretation: Ideas.- Issues in Interpretation.- PART 7: THEMES.- The Scope of Literature.- The Living World.- The Four Seasons.- The Earth.- Aspects of Nature.- Ideas about Nature.- Buildings.- Mortality.- The Human Mind and Society.- Love.- War.- Glossary.- Bibliography.- Index.

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'I think students could do with reading a book like this which covers the main ground quickly and simply. It would also do as a 'refresher' book...many books of this kind can be returned to afterwards for a 'remind read.' - Martin Coyle, Chair of English Literature, Cardiff University, UK

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RICHARD GILL teaches English at Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, Leicester, UK, and teaches adults at the University of Leicester. He is the author of Mastering Shakespeare and Mastering the Novels of Jane Austen (with Susan Gregory).

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'I think students could do with reading a book like this which covers the main ground quickly and simply. It would also do as a 'refresher' book...many books of this kind can be returned to afterwards for a 'remind read.' - Martin Coyle, Chair of English Literature, Cardiff University, UK

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