9780415229876

Texts and Contexts: An Introduction to Literature and Language Study

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415229876

  • ISBN10:

    0415229871

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2001-04-06
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

The idea of studying texts "in context" has become a major new emphasis in contemporary literary studies. This book explores the idea of contexts and the way they affect texts, concentrating upon: * the writer's context * the reader's context * the text's context * the language context * the meaning context. Through a series of units comprising texts, exercises and readings,Adrian Beardsets out a framework for studying texts and their contexts and shows how this approach can lead to a valuable new understanding of the changing and multiple meanings of any text. This accessible, enjoyable set of materials is ideal for any students meeting the idea of contexts for the first time.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Texts and contexts: a framework 1(8)
Texts and contexts: whose dog are you? 9(6)
Epigram
9(6)
Alexander Pope
Texts and contexts: raising the Titanic 15(18)
The Convergence of the Twain
18(6)
Thomas Hardy
Every Man for Himself
24(3)
Beryl Bainbridge
Some Unmentioned Morals
27(6)
G. B. Shaw
Attitudes, Values and assumptions 33(22)
Nurofen advertisement
35(3)
Sense and Sensibility
38(7)
Jane Austen
Huckleberry Finn
45(5)
Mark Twain
Robinson Crusoe
50(5)
Daniel Defoe
Finding meanings in poetry 55(18)
Mr Bleaney
56(5)
Philip Larkin
The Patriot
61(5)
Robert Browning
Sonnet 26 From the Portuguese
66(7)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Making readings in drama 73(28)
Macbeth
76(2)
William Shakespeare
The Tempest
78(8)
William Shakespeare
Hamlet
86(4)
William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing
90(5)
William Shakespeare
She Stoops to Conquer
95(6)
Oliver Goldsmith
Contexts and Shakespeare 101(18)
Margaret Walker
The Taming of the Shrew
110(9)
William Shakespeare
Similarity and difference 119(30)
Sonnet 18
122(2)
William Shakespeare
Sonnet 130
124(2)
William Shakespeare
Hekatompathia
126(1)
Thomas Watson
Great Expectations
127(4)
Charles Dickens
Jack Maggs
131(18)
Peter Carey
Critical viewpoints 149(14)
The Going
150(13)
Thomas Hardy
Index of terms 163

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