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How to Read Texts introduces key critical approaches to literary texts and offers a practical introduction for students developing their own critical and close-reading skills. Written in a lively, jargon-free style, it explains critical concepts, approaches and ideas including:
Debates around critical theory
The role of history and context
The links between creativity and criticism
The relationship between author, reader and text.
Practical examples, readings, exercises and ¯checkpoints¯ help students to work on their own readings of both primary and secondary texts and to explore the links between critical and creative writing. The book enables students to gain confidence in their critical readings of a variety of texts and encourages them to challenge the assumptions behind other critics¯ readings. How to Read Texts is an indispensable guide for any English student who wants to develop their reading of literary and critical texts.