- Subject(s):English Literature
- Author(s):John Smart, Pamela Bickley, Ian Brinton, Stephen Siddall
- Available from: August 2000
Critical introductions to a range of literary topics and genres.
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The gothic influence on modern writers such as Angela Carter, Iain Banks and Stephen King is vivid and great as is the effect on the world of film and rock music. Part of the function of this book is to offer some guidance: not in terms of a fixed or definitive set of Gothic characteristics, but rather in giving a framework for questions and explorations.
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.
- 1. Approaching the gothic tradition
- 2. Approaching the texts
- 3. Texts and extracts
- 4. Critical approaches
- 5. How to write about the gothic
- 6. Resources.
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