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Understanding Literature and Film

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Understanding Literature and Film: Interpreting Meaning from Written and Visual Media

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Who else wants to be able to analyse written and visual media? This expert guide will meet the needs of all students that are studying in the field of lit/film studies, as an introduction. This book will help students write better essays, speak with more authority in tutorials and seminars and prepare for examinations and assessments with more confidence.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Studymates Ltd; 2nd edition 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842851401
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1.1 x 15.5 cm

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Part One: Literature and Literary Genres

1        Introduction: What is Literature?

2        Fiction

  •           The Short story
  •            The Novel

3      Poetry and Verse

  •          Regular, blank and free verse.
  •          The sonnet, the ballard, the villanelle.
  •          The ode, the epic, the elergy.
  •          The Dramatic Monologue.

4        Drama and Theatre

  •           Tragedy.
  •           Comedy.
  •           The Theatre of the Absurd.

5           Film

  •          The Composition of the Shot
  •           The Use of the Camera 
  •           Editing

Part Two: Studying Literature

6     Studying the Sequence of Events

  •          The sequential plot
  •          The non-sequential plot
  •          The archetypal plot
  •           The plot twist
  •           Plot and Irony

7        Observing the Characters

  •         Dynamic Characters
  •         Static Characters
  •         Stereotypical Characters
  •         Character and irony
  •         Character and satire

8      The Influence of the Narrator    

  •        The Omniscient Narrator
  •         The limited Omniscient Narrator
  •         First person major character as narrator
  •         First person minor character as narrator
  •         The Objective Narrator

9         The Influence of Setting

  •         Setting and plot
  •         Setting and Symbolism
  •         Setting and irony
  •         Setting and metaphor

10       Getting the Message

  •        Family
  •        Love
  •        War
  •        Nature
  •        Death  
  •        Faith
  •       Time

11       The Effect of Metaphor

  •     Metaphor and Character
  •     Metaphor and Theme
  •      Metaphor and symbolism

12         The Effect of Imagery

  •        Imagery and plot
  •        Imagery and character
  •        Imagery and setting
  •        Imagery and theme

13    Analysing Symbols

  •        Objects as symbols
  •        Natural Symbols
  •        Religious Symbols
  •        Characters as symbols

14       Listening to the Tone

  •          Sorrow
  •          Resignation
  •          Irony
  •          Triumph

15         The Reader’s Point of View

  •         The influence of gender
  •         The influence of culture
  •         The influence of age
  •         The influence of politics.


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