Preface           

Chapter 1. The world is a book: some snapshots

            1.1.             The Confidence Man: His Masquerade
            1.2.            More on the word 'reading'
            1.3.            Observing a character: Cat's Eye, by Margaret Atwood           
            1.4.            More on the construction of meanings
            1.5.            Opening up a text: an exemplary discussion
            1.6.            Modes of discourse
           
Chapter 2: Literature, genre and the elements of form

            2.1.            What is literature?
            2.2.            Genre
            2.3.            The elements of form
            2.4.            Diction: passages for analysis
           
Chapter 3. Closing in on poetry

            3.1.            Preliminary considerations
            3.2.            Narrative poetry: the ballad
            3.3.            Exploring feelings: the lyric
            3.4.            Didactic poetry: satire

Chapter 4: The art of the short story

            4.1.            The elements of story
            4.2.            At your elbow: the omniscient narrator
            4.3.            Perspectives on the action: irony
            4.4.            Stories and scenes

Chapter 5: The play's the thing

            5.1.            Drama as an audio-visual spectacle
            5.2.            The dramatic imagination: The Crucible
            5.3.            Tragedy: Shakespeare’s King Lear
            5.4.            Realism: A Doll’s House
            5.5.            Banishing the fourth wall: The Caucasian Chalk Circle           

Chapter 6: The novel: making sense of the big story

            6.1.            The cultural context of the writer
            6.2.            The cultural context of the reader
            6.3.            The reading experience: point of view
            6.4.            The weave of language: texture
            6.5.            ‘There are places I remember...’ (John Lennon)
            6.6.            Characters and characterisation
            6.7.            The shapew of a novel

Glossary of Terms