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How to read texts: a student guide to critical approaches and skills

How to read texts: a student guide to critical approaches and skills

McCaw, Neil, 1969-

This work 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 jargon-free style, it explains critical concepts, methods and ideas

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Continuum, c2008
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Statement of responsibility: Neil McCaw
ISBN: 0826492878, 0826492886, 9780826492876, 9780826492883
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 160-161) and index.
Physical Description: viii, 163 p. ; 22 cm.
Subject: Criticism.; Literary criticism; Critical theory


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