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Contents: Introducing Literature

1. Getting started
What to expect when studying literature
An introduction to text study
Text study: The Miller by Geoffrey Chaucer
Layers of meaning: literal, connotative, figurative, symbolic
The text and its context
The challenges of literature study
The rules and methods of analysis
Overcoming the challenges
Strategies for success with literature
Building your personal library
Keeping a reading journal
Building a glossary of terms
Summary and terms to learn

2. What is literature?
Towards a definition of literature
Text study: In an Artist's Studio by Christina Rossetti
Finding the theme
What makes In an Artist's Studio literature?
What is literature?
Literature as a type of text
Literature as quality and value
Literature as an industry
Making judgments about literature
Text study: thirteen mystery texts
Five rules for judging quality
Writing a commentary
Summary and terms to learn

3. Why read literature?
Reading literature: arguments for
Text study: Hamlet (extract) by William Shakespeare
Exploring Hamlet
Why read Hamlet?
Reading literature: arguments against
Origins of arguments for and against literature
Plato: literature, lies, and illusions
Aristotle: literature, catharsis, and wisdom
Wordsworth: literature, pleasure and harmony
Your view of literature: for or against?
Changing positions
Summary and terms to learn

4. Reading, responding and analysing
Ways of responding to literature
Reading practices: personal, analytical, critical
Text study: Pride and Prejudice (extract) by Jane Austen
Four key elements: reader, writer, text and context
The communication model
Text and context
Strategies for study
Notes and commentaries
Character profiles
Maps and literary tours
Charts and tables
Text study: Wide Sargasso Sea (extract) by Jean Rhys
Summary and terms to learn

5. Studying texts in depth: poetry and prose
Studying two texts in depth
Text study: Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold
Studying a poem: six steps to follow
Voices and perspective
Comparing critical responses
Text study: Catapult by J.A. McLeod
Studying a story: eight steps to follow
Comparing responses
Summary and terms to learn

6. The published response: writing an essay
Why write essays?
Professionals at work: reading published essays
Essay: Putting the Ham in Hamlet by Robert Browne
Essay: Complex Oscillations by Susan Hilton
Features of an essay
Planning an essay
Plan: Alice in Wonderland by Wendy Tiller
Essay: Alice in Wonderland by Wendy Tiller
Rating an essay
Planning and writing your essay
Answering essay questions
Analysing the question
Key words to know
Referencing your sources
Summary and terms to learn

7. Creative responses: (re)writing literature
Writing as a response to literature
Project 1: Write a poem in heroic couplets
Building your character: features
Choosing descriptions and images
Controlling form and style
Project 2: Write a short story based on a design
Building a scenario: character, plot, setting
Story substitutions
Describe your setting
Describe the main events
Summary and terms to learn

8. Literary theory, issues and ideologies
Literature: preserving the culture?
Problems in criticism
Theory to the rescue?
Two views of literature
The conservative viewpoint: F.R. Leavis
The progressive viewpoint: T. Eagleton
Literature and ideology
Critical perspectives
Twelve critical practices
Re-reading “Catapult” by J.A. McLeod
Unsolved problems and issues
A case study: ‘Trigger warnings'
Summary and terms to learn

Resources: essential knowledge
Building your knowledge
Ten Greek myths and legends to know
Ten narrative schemas to know
Ten character archetypes to know
Ten literary sources to know
Ten Bible stories to know
A timeline of English literature


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