- Grounds literature and the study of literature throughout by referencing a selection of well-known novels, plays and poems
- Examines the central questions that readers ask when confronting literary texts, and shows how these make literary theory meaningful and necessary
- Links British, American and postcolonial literature into a coherent whole
- Discusses film as literature and provides the basic conceptual tools in order to study film within a literature-course framework
- Places particular emphasis on interdisciplinarity by examining the connections between the study of literature and other disciplines
- Provides an annotated list of further reading
From principal literary genres, periods and theory, to strategies for reading, research and essay-writing, Dominic Rainsford provides an engaging introduction to the most important aspects of studying literature in English. This book is invaluable reading for anyone studying literature in English.