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Now in its seventh edition Studying the Novel is an authoritative introduction to the study of the novel at undergraduate level Updated throughout to reflect the profound impact of e reading and digital resources on the contemporary study of literature the book also now includes a wider range of international examples to reflect the growing field of world literatureProviding a complete guide to. This is full of very useful information and it s written in a clear and very easy to understand way However it doesn t go into a great amount of detail I know brevity is the soul of wit and all but this book could be a little in depth with the things it talks about However as an INTRODUCTION to studying the novel this book is to be honest pretty good You could certainly do a lot worse But as a work explaining how to be a good reader it is functional but pretty sparse It s also unbelievably arid and dry and structured bizarrely poorly I don t really know Jeremy Hawthorn s work or reputation I can t help but notice another reviewer on this site doesn t think much of him as a person for no reason I could find after googling his name but he doesn t settle a reader into a new idea as well as he could The introduction to the fifth edition is very oddly written seeming to suggest the reader should already be familiar with previous editions of this book and then the introduction sets up a later chapter jumping into a discussion about Structuralism and the difference between Synchronic readings and Diachronic readings of a text This is then followed by the first chapter which attempts to define the word novel and the history of the novel as a concept A better structure would help this book immensely maybe this is fixed with recent editionsEDIT I see the reviewer who called Jeremy Hawthorn a twat had him respond to her review which I find really funny

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Studying the Novel

Studying the novel in one easy to read volume the book covers· The form of the novel· The history of the novel from its earliest days to new electronic forms· Realism modernism and postmodernism· Analysing fiction narrative character structure theme and dialogue· Critical approaches to studying the novel· Practical guidance on critical reading secondary criticism electronic resources and. This is an excellent resource for students of literature especially for those who prefer to study prose It is clear and well organised and provides practical advice on writing essays exam uestions as well as basic theoretical background to give you essential foundational knowledge of the novel form Much of the content I had to learn the long hard way through my BA and MA so the content definitely corresponds to what professors tutors are looking for It is also now up to date in its debates about technology which makes it even useful It is not a heavy dull read as some textbooks tend to be which makes it even accessible and beneficial I only wish I had read this a few years ago but this edition wasn t available until last year anyway A great reference book for sure

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Essay writing· Versions and adaptations Studying the Novel also includes a number of features to help readers navigate the book and find key information uickly including chapter summaries throughout a comprehensive glossary of terms and an historical timeline on the development of the novel while annotated guides to further reading and discussion uestions help students master the topics cover. I picked this up at the library yesterday afternoon and read it from cover to cover overnight It s an excellent overview of the academic territory with surprisingly contemporary references no offence meant to the author it just looked like a drier older book on the shelf Hawthorn s obviously gone to considerable effort to rethink and rewrite sections each time the book is released I read the fourth edition I see that it s now out in a fifth one 2005 Wish that I d read it before going to university it even has a succinct summary of all the new fangled critical positions at the back Recommended


10 thoughts on “Studying the Novel

  1. says:

    The writer is a complete and utter twat but the information in the book is actually pretty good I wouldn't exactl

  2. says:

    This is full of very useful information and it's written in a clear and very easy to understand way However it doesn't go into a great amount of detail I know brevity is the soul of wit and all but this book could be a little in depth with the things it talks about However as an INTRODUCTION to studying the no

  3. says:

    14 Nov Didn't read all of this just bits and pieces but found it very useful for my English degree16 Dec Have been reading bits of this over the

  4. says:

    Very helpful Often dip into it still

  5. says:

    This is an excellent resource for students of literature especially for those who prefer to study prose It is clear and w

  6. says:

    This is a great introduction for anyone in their first year as an English undergraduate It covers all the basics in an accessible way with clear definitions and signposts for further reading A book I will dip into again as I further my studies

  7. says:

    I picked this up at the library yesterday afternoon and read it from cover to cover overnight It's an excellent overview of the academic territory with surprisingly contemporary references no offence meant to the author it just looked like a drier older book on the shelf Hawthorn's obviously gone to considerab

  8. says:

    A concise and easy read if a bit bare bones This serves well as a basic introduction to the novel but I was hoping for a bit detail The sections were arranged rather haphazardly for my taste though Also I had a brief look at the fifth edition and it seems Hawthorn has taken out bits and pieces here and there bits and pieces which were perfectly alright and should've remained Not sure the replacement of the critical commonplace t

  9. says:

    Essential reading for anyone studying a literature degree I'll be reading it again for my dissertation The whole 'Studying' Series is brilliant Easy to read and really adaptable It took me a while to read with ma

  10. says:

    Brilliant book Very useful for both study and interest Would definitely recommend

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