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How to Read Texts By Neil McCaw

How to Read Texts

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One of the biggest problems for lecturers teaching beginning literature students is increasing their confidence in their own critical ability. This book offers a solution by improving students' understanding of critical concepts and approaches and giving practice, and increased confidence, in reading critically.

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How to Read Texts: A Student Guide to Critical Approaches and Skills by Neil McCaw

One of the biggest problems for lecturers teaching beginning literature students is increasing their confidence in their own critical ability - this book aims to offer a solution by improving students' understanding of critical concepts and approaches and giving practice, and increased confidence, in reading critically."How to Read Texts" introduces key critical approaches to literary texts and offers a practical introduction for students developing their own critical and close-reading skills. Written in a lively, jargon-free style, it explains critical concepts, approaches and ideas including: debates around critical theory; the role of history and context; the links between creativity and criticism; and, the relationship between author, reader and text.Practical examples, readings, exercises and 'checkpoints' help students to work on their own readings of both primary and secondary texts and to explore the links between critical and creative writing. The book enables students to gain confidence in their critical readings of a variety of texts and encourages them to challenge the assumptions behind other critics' readings. "How to Read Texts" is an indispensable guide for any English student who wants to develop their reading of literary and critical texts.

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How to Read Texts Reviews


'How to Read Texts will encourage both students - and, as importantly, their teachers - to re-think the very basics of reading and analysing texts'
Peter Dempsey, Department of English, University of Sunderland

About Neil McCaw


Neil McCaw is Senior Lecturer in English & Creative Writing at the University of Winchester, UK.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Why Read About How to Read?; 1. Beginning from where you are - finding your critical voice; 2. The Creative Critic; 3. Close Reading; 4. Biography and Authorship; 5. History and Contexts; 6. Critical Theory; Conclusion: Unveiling the Self-conscious Critic; Appendix A: Edgar Allen Poe, 'The Tell-Tale Heart'; Appendix B: William Blake, 'The Tyger'; Bibliography; Appendix C: Arthur Conan Doyle, 'The Man with the Twisted Lip'; Index.

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GOR002117090
How to Read Texts: A Student Guide to Critical Approaches and Skills by Neil McCaw
Neil McCaw
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2008-03-20
208
0826492886
9780826492883
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