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50 Ideas You Really Need to Know – Literature

John Sutherland

Literature suffers from appearing both deceptively easy and dauntingly difficult. We all like to think we can read a novel and understand what 'genre', 'style' and 'narrative' mean, but do we really understand them fully and how they can enrich our reading experience? How should we approach the works of great writers such as William Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen?

50 Literature Ideas you Really Need to Know provides a clear, opinionated and thorough overview of literary theories from the apparently familiar to the decidedly unfamiliar. Packed with insights and examples from both classic and popular works, it is an app that will delight anyone who has ever been mystified by literary jargon and wants to gain a deeper enjoyment of reading and writing.

Contents include:Mimesis, Ambiguity, The classic, The affective fallacy, Narrative, Gothic, culture, Milieu, The canon, Genre, Closure, Paradigm shift, Ownership, Style, Allegory, Irony, Imagery, Allusion, Bricolage, Metafiction, Structuralism, Deconstruction, Textuality, Double bind, Postmodernism, Heteroglosia, Sexual politics, Plagiarism, Obscenity, Blasphemy, Literary lies, Fanfic, and many more.

Text © John Sutherland 2010