Literary Analysis: The Basics is an insightful introduction to analysing a wide range of literary forms. Providing a clear outline of the methodologies employed in twenty-first century literary analysis, it introduces readers to the genres, canons, terms, issues, critical approaches, and contexts that affect the analysis of any text. It addresses such questions as:
What counts as literature?
Is analysis a dissection?
How do gender, race, class and culture affect the meaning of a text?
Why is the social and historical context of a text important?
Can digital media be analysed in the same way as a poem?
With examples from ancient myths to young adult fiction, a glossary of key terms, and suggestions for further reading, Literary Analysis: The Basics is essential reading for anyone wishing to improve their analytical reading skills.
Celena Kusch is Associate Professor of American Literature at the University of South Carolina Upstate, USA.
1. Introduction: Thinking about Literature 2. Close Reading: Words and Forms 3. Analysis in Context 4. Comparative Analysis 5. Analysis and the Critics 6. Analysis and Literary Theory 7. Conclusion: Analytical Writing Glossary Index