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The Western lit survival kit : how to read the classics without fear

Author: Sandra Newman
Publisher: London : Penguin, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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" ... This survival kit will guide you painlessly through the Western literary canon, century by century: From [ancient] Greek drama to the modern novel, via Beowulf, [Geoffrey] Chaucer, [William] Shakespeare, Romantic poetry, [Leo] Tolstoy and [Marcel] Proust.There are ... plot summaries, ... definitions of literary movements and fresh insights into authors' lives. ..."--Back cover.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sandra Newman
ISBN: 9780141044521 0141044527
OCLC Number: 782978874
Description: xii, 280 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. Greece: Cradle of Greek civilization --
2. Rome: When the world was ruled by Italians --
3. The Middle Ages and points between --
4. The Renaissance: Back to the future --
5. William 'look at me, I get my own chapter' Shakespeare --
6. Here come the Puritans: Parade, meet rain --
7. France and England in the seventeenth century: The shallows --
8. The Age of Reason or: When people wised up and started believing what we believe --
9. The Romantics: The author as (the author's) hero --
10. We begin to have Americans --
11. Nice Realism: The novel novel --
12. Unwelcome Realism: The French and Russians team up to depress mankind --
13. The messy twentieth [century]: Finally over --
14. Conclusion: Beyond Western lit --
Timeline: Great moments in the history of Western literature --
Timeline: Lives of the great authors.
Responsibility: Sandra Newman.

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Why does most writing about the classics have words like 'seminal' or 'oeuvre' in it? What does postmodernism mean? Can I get away with just reading the introduction? This title guides you through  Read more...

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Heavens, what a joy this book is... It is extremely funny -- Lynne Truss [Praise for HOW NOT TO WRITE A NOVEL] Pick up this clever (and useful) guide -- [Praise for READ THIS NEXT] * Chicago Tribune * Read more...

 
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