This e-book is an updated and extended version of the publication from 2010. It is primarily designed to serve as a practical introduction to literary study for first-year students of English Studies, but it can also be read by students of other courses who are keenon literature and narrative film in English. It attempts to raise students’ awareness of thenature of literature in society, its various forms and features by looking at some literarytheories, terms and sample texts. It also discusses the changes in literary study that haveoccurred in the last fifty years or so, whereby “traditional” ways of reading and studyingliterature have been supplanted by a growing interest in literary theory, offering newways of reading and interpreting texts.The overall aim of this book is to help advanced students of English to understandand enjoy the literature and narrative film in the English language and to give them tools andmethods of critical reading and appreciation of literary works. This book will introducestudents to the key issues of literary study, enabling them to think, talk and write aboutliterature in English in an intelligent, informed and up-to-date manner.The book consists of eleven chapters. Chapter One surveys general concepts of literary study, such as literariness, reading, literary theory and criticism, traditional andmodern approaches to literature and the difference between literary language and thelanguage of literature. Chapter Two provides basic terms and definitions of literary analysis.Chapters Three, Four and Five offer introductions to the understanding, analysis andinterpretation of poetry, drama and prose fiction, respectively. Chapters Six and Sevencontain introductory surveys of the history of English and American literature. Chapter Eightsurveys briefly other literatures in English: Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Canadian, Australian, NewZealand, Indian, Caribbean, South African and Nigerian. Chapter Nine introduces the basicconcepts of film theory and genres of narrative cinema, as well as a short overview of thehistory of American and British cinema. Chapter Ten provides practical suggestions how toread literature critically and write interpretive essays. Chapters One to Ten end withquestions and assignments for self-study, discussion, and/or project work. Terms in
are defined more fully in the final Chapter Eleven. Select printed and Internet bibliographyand index of names and terms are provided at the end of the book.It is recommended that at the outset students should read Chapters One and Twoin order to get some initial insight into literary study. The remaining chapters may be readin an arbitrary order. Students will be encouraged to do analytical reading of selectedliterary texts and to read assigned full-length texts. They will eventually submit a final project applying literary analysis and interpretation to a favourite literary work.I hope that this book will be of interest to all who enjoy reading and discussingliterature and film in English. It will help them feel more confident in their ability torecognise specific forms, modes and techniques of literary and cinematic expression andto appreciate the distinctness of literary and film genres.The size of the book does not allow to embrace all that is worth mentioning. Nor is the book exempt from drawbacks. Therefore, all remarks and criticism concerning itscontent as well as its construction will be welcomed. Students or teachers who havesuggestions for improving this book are encouraged to email me at:firstname.lastname@example.org.