Literature: An Introduction to Theory and Analysis is a handbook for literary studies, not only intended for use in first and second year university courses on the introduction to literature, but also for literature teachers, or ordinary readers who are interested in literary theory and practice. In this book, the editors sketch a vivid picture of the solutions to literary studies: “a deeper engagement with analyzing literature makes it possible to appreciate how mesmerizing texts can be as one is stuck in a stanza, thrown off by a metaphor (if it really is a metaphor), or befuddled by trying to figure out how the quintessential traits of a character can be best be expressed” (1). As to the background of the book, J. Hillis Miller emphasizes in the foreword: “Literature: An Introduction to Theory and Analysis is based on a highly successful volume published in Danish and in Swedish...

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