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Get Set for English Literature

David Amigoni, Julie Sanders


This introduction to the core areas of English Literature is combined with a helpful study skills guide. It provides students with the knowledge and essential skills to communicate effectively and participate fully in their degree course.

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Section 1: Studying English Literature
1.1.What is English literature?
1.2 Why study English literature?
1.3 What forms can the study of English literature take?
1.4 The place of 'theory' in English literature programmes
Section 2: Study Skills in English Literature
2.1 Reading
2.2 Getting the most from lectures
2.3 How to use a tutorial or teaching session
2.4 Time management
2.5 Assessment
2.6 Research and writing skills
2.7 Revising for and taking examinations
Bibliography and Further Reading.

About the Author

David Amigoni is Professor of Victorian Literature at Keele University. He is the author of The English Novel and Prose Narrative (Edinburgh University Press, 2000) and Victorian Biography: Intellectuals and the Ordering of Discourse (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992). He is co-editor, with Jeff Wallace, of Charles Darwin's 'Origin of Species': New Interdisciplinary Essays (Manchester UP, 1995), and co-editor, with Paul Barlow and Colin Trodd, of Victorian Culture and the Idea of the Grotesque (Ashgate, 1999).


This book de-mystifies university English in a happy and unique combination of clarification of the discipline’s complexities and straight-forward general advice. Most importantly, it conveys the excitement, joy, variety and adventure of English Literature.
- Dr. Monica McLean, Institute for the Advancement of University Learning, University of Oxford

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