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In this audio, Clare Connors gives listeners a generous, eight-hour introduction to the field of Literary Theory. She presents her material clearly, and works to make the subject accessible and relatable to any listener, no matter their formal background. Using fabulous texts by authors such as Annie Proulx and Christina Rosetti, Connors lays out the basic ways literary theorists approach their work.

Narrator Kelly Birch's voice is elegant, and her warm tone engages each listeners as if this audiobook were a private lesson. Rather than feel intimidated, listeners will learn to feel a new confidence to approach reading through a theoretical lens.

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Rescuing the subject from dry abstractions, Clare Connors focuses on the real questions that emerge when we read and study literature - such as how we find meaning and how literature relates to its historical context - before exploring the response of theorists. Using selections from works including poetry by Christina Rossetti and Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain, Connors unites theory with practice, revealing how enjoyable it is to think about reading.

©2010 Clare Connors (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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