- Subject(s):English Literature
- Author(s):Mary Ward
- Available from: May 2009
Critical introductions to a range of literary topics and genres.
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The Literature of Love is designed to introduce students to one of the central themes in literature. Focusing first on different types and aspects of love - physical, emotional, spiritual - it then offers a chronological coverage, aiming to illustrate ways in which attitudes to the representation of love in literature have evolved from Chaucer to the present time. Other sections of the book examine particular genres such as the love sonnet, the love letter and 'romantic' fiction; and the differing reception of this literature over time is also considered. The book includes extracts from a range of authors.
Each title includes a wide-ranging yet carefully levelled introductory discussion of a literary period, genre or theme, to provide students with an excellent introduction to an area of literature.
Helps students to address the new assessment objective 4 ('demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received') - worth up to 35% of the A level qualification under new guidelines.
Discussion questions and end-of-section tasks offer an invaluable resource for self study as well as helpful exam preparation.
A mini-anthology of texts and extracts saves teachers time searching for appropriate 'wider reading' texts.
- Part I. Approaching the literature of love: 1. Plato
- 2. The Bible
- 3. The Old Testament
- 4. The New Testament
- 5. Ovid
- 6. Courtly Love
- 7. Chaucer
- 8. Petracrch
- 9. Assignments
- Part II. Approaching the texts: 10. The geography of love
- 11. Food and desire
- 12. Love as a madness
- 13. Demon lovers
- 14. Love as a sickness
- 15. Transgressive love
- 16. Unrequited love
- 17. The proposal
- 18. The wedding
- 19. The honeymoon
- 20. Married love
- 21. Love and loss
- 22. Love and betrayal
- 23. Love, absence and death
- 24. The love elegy
- Part III. Texts and extracts: 25. William Cartright, 'No Platonique Love'
- 26. John Donne, 'Negative Love'
- 27. John Milton, from Paradise Lost
- 28. The Bible: King James Version, from The Song of Songs
- 29. Edmund Spenser, from 'Epithalamion'
- 30. Alexander Pope, from Eloisa to Abelard
- 31. Robert Herrick, 'To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time'
- 32. W. H. Auden, 'Alone'
- 33. Geoffrey Chaucer, from Troilus and Criseyde
- 34. Andreas Capellanus, from De Arte Honesti Amandi
- 35. Lady Mary Wroth, from Pampilia to Amphilanthus
- 36. E.E. Cummings, 'somewhere I have never travelled, glady beyond'
- 37. William Shakespeare, from Othello
- 38. Emily Bronte, from Wuthering Heights
- 39. Sir Philip Sidney, from Astrophel and Stella
- 40. D. H. Lawrence, from The Rainbow
- 41. Oscar Wilde, from The Importance of Being Earnest
- 42. Evelyn Waugh, from Vile Bodies
- 43. Edward Albee, from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
- 44. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, from Sonnets from the Portuguese
- 45. Henry James, from The Portrait of a Lady
- 46. Vicki Feaver, 'The Crack'
- 47. Zora Neale Hurston, from Their Eyes Were Watching God
- 48. Graham Greene, from Brighton Rock
- 49. Thomas Hardy, 'The Going'
- Part IV. Critical approaches: 50. Reading Brideshead Revisited
- 51. Reading D.H. Lawrence
- 52. Reading Toni Morrison's Beloved
- Part V. How to write about the literature of love: 53. Comparing poems
- 54. Responding to prose
- 55. Comparing across genres
- 56. Assignments
- Resources: Further reading
- Websites and media resources
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