Mastering Practical Criticism offers students of English Literature at advanced and degree levels a clear, well-explained guide to mastering the skills of critical appreciation. It starts with ways of unlocking meaning in literary texts and proceeds through each stage of the process to the final essay response. Students are given useful and practical advice on organising their material as they analyse the text, thus saving valuable time in examinations. This is a skills-based guide, offering plenty of thoroughly worked through examples, designed to build confidence and remove some of the anxiety that frequently accompanies unseen critical analysis.
LINDY MILLER has had many years' experience teaching English to students up to post-graduate level. She was previously in charge of practical criticism at The Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, Kent, where she was second in the English department. She currently teaches English at Dover College and lectures at Christchurch University, Canterbury.
About this Book.- Practical Criticism.- Ambiguity.- Elements of Analysis.- Features of Poetry.- Features of Prose.- Features of Drama.- Step-by-step Guide to Practical Criticism.- Writing an Essay.- Poetry Criticism 'To His Coy Mistress'.- Prose Criticism 'On the Black Hill'.- Drama Criticism 'King Lear'.- Prose Criticism 'The Vindication of the Rights of Women'.- Poetry Criticism (comparative) 'They Flee From Me That Sometime Did Me Seek'.- Drama/Poetry Criticism (comparative) 'Antony and Cleopatra' and 'Funeral'.- Examination Preparation.- Reference Section.- Glossary.- Index.