How literature works : 50 key concepts / John Sutherland

Author(s): Sutherland, John, 1938-
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Subjects: Literature--Terminology
Literary form--Terminology
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2011
LC Classification: P, PN
Physical Description: 205 p. ; 25 cm
Notes: LCCN: 2010045323
ISBN: 9780199794195 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0199794197 (hbk.)
ISBN: 9780199794201 (pbk.)
ISBN: 0199794200 (pbk.)
Includes index
Contents: Some basics -- Machinery: how it works -- Literature's devices -- New ideas -- Word crimes -- Literary futures
Summary: ...For any reader seeking a greater appreciation of their favorite novel, poem, or play. Offers a lively and straightforward guide to literary thinking. With a series of compact essays the...literary critic John Sutherland--...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)
OCLC Number: 671709673
ISBN/ISSN: 9780199794195