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Thinking About Texts

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    Chris Hopkins(Author)

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This introductory textbook is based on the premise that students are often baffled by their first encounters with contemporary literary theory. It simultaneously develops advanced skills in reading texts, and the ability to think in sophisticated ways about the conditions and concepts which surround and define interpretation in English Studies. Designed to bridge the gap between the ability to read texts and the ability to deploy critical theory, the book expands understanding of five key issues, using diverse textual examples, interactive exercises and discussion of possible answers and their consequences.

'...a remarkably comprehensive and well-balanced introduction to the complex and often contentious world of English studies...students need the sort of guidance that Chris Hopkins's book provides. Hopkins writes clearly and often powerfully, presenting his material undogmatically with implied and explicit invitations to his readers to comment on the issues he raises.' - Donald Hawes, Reference Reviews'...a close match to our introductory syllabus - students will find it very helpful.' - Nick Rowe, King Alfred's College of Higher Education

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  • PDF | 416 pages
  • Chris Hopkins(Author)
  • Palgrave Macmillan (23 Jan. 2001)
  • English
  • 7
  • Poetry, Drama & Criticism

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  • By SGrainger on 13 May 2012

    I had to buy this textbook for a module in my English Literature degree called 'Critical Contexts', the course was structured completely round Hopkins' book therefore I had no choice but to read all of it.I found the author's voice is to be too prominent in his discussion and his narrative style too personal and intrusive. The book is split into five chapters with subsections for each chapter so in that respect it is fairly reader friendly. Questions are proposed in each subjection and it is advised you answer them all to fully engage in the topics. This, I warn takes hours and is not overly rewarding.I appreciate that literary theory is a very important aspect of literary study however in my opinion this book did not help me to engage with critical theory at all, admittedly the questions make you think but all I kept feeling was how does this relate to literature? On a positive note, the excerpts of literature and critical essays Hopkins has chosen are concise and useful.Only buy this if your lecturers force you to!

  • By sarahs on 25 June 2012

    I found this book very vague, it wasn't direct enough for student reading, I bought it for my first year a while ago because Chris Hopkins is my tutor and although the narrative voice is friendly, not cold and cynical like some other introductions, it was quite difficult to read and understand precisely what idea the author was trying to pin point. However, one good thing was that it was quite practical - it gives you examples and pieces of texts you might not other wise read. I thought this practicality was a good idea, especially for first years, although overall there are probably more useful books available so if you want to buy it, try and find it in a shop and have a look through.

  • By Jack Murdison on 30 November 2016

    My word does dear old Chris like to talk. He knows his books, that's for sure, but after an hour of hacking through one his chapters with a Machete you emerge with a feeling not dissimilar to having been sat on by a pregnant elephant, startled to see the light of day once more. Have a dictionary handy for plunging in, because you will leave feeling much more learned but probably worse off for the experience.

  • By Erika on 25 February 2016

    If you're a Hallam student don't believe them when they say you need this: you don't.


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