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The Language of Literature


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List of figures Preface Acknowledgements 1. Starting Points: Identifying the Task, Having a Method 2. Structure: Shapes and Patterns: Shapes and Patterns in Poetry, Shapes and Patterns in Novels, Structure in Drama 3. Genre: Genre and Subgenre, Difference and Similarity 4. Narrative: Story/Plot/Narrative, Types of Narrator: First and Third Person, How Much Does the Narrator Know? How Reliable is the Narrator? Presenting Speech, Presenting Thought, Chronology and Narrative, Reader's Point of View 5. Representing Talk: Real-Life Talk and Literary Talk, Dialogues, Monologues, Demotic Speech 6. Creativity: Metaphor, Allegory, Intertextuality. The Framework Revisitied Glossary Suggestions for Answer References

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Adrian Beard was until recently Head of English at Gosforth High School and now works at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. He is a Chief Examiner for AS/A Level English Literature.


'An informative and enjoyable read...the learning is seamlessly assimilated and used, unlike many introductory texts which merely detail current theories.' - Adele Wills, Richard Huish College, Somerset

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