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English Literature ‘Frameworks’ 1: Close Analysis

Steph Atkinson | Sunday October 31, 2010

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  1. Close Reading & Textual Analysis
  2. Close Analysis
  3. Openings
  4. Characters and Characterisation
  5. Setting, Places and Scenes
  6. Atmosphere, Mood, Tone and Foreshadowing
  7. Dialogue
  8. Description, Imagery, Figurative Language
  9. Irony
  10. Alternative Interpretations
  11. Narrative
  12. Verisimilitude
  13. Time
  14. Symbolism
  15. Context
  16. Genre

Introduction to the Literary ‘Frameworks’ Guides

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At EnglishEdu our wish is always to try to help you, the often stressed and overworked English teacher, with something that you will feel is both very useful and – where possible – very different from what might be found elsewhere, either on the Internet or in print.

All of the guides, schemes of work and classroom materials on EnglishEdu have been written and produced by experienced and well-respected English teachers.

The guides are based on their best experience of teaching particular units of work.

These new guides aim to be a little unusual. We are aiming to offer you guides that will offer you and your students a rather different way of approaching and analysing literary texts. The idea has been borrowed from English Language teaching and the guides – of which this is the first – will offer a methodical series of linguistic ‘levels’ or ‘frameworks’ that can be applied to many different literary texts. Each guide will offer many worked examples – just the kind of thing students always ask for – from a selection of literary texts.

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At the core of all current English Literature syllabuses is the need for students to carry out a ‘close reading’ or close analyses of texts at the levels of form, structure and language, looking for the effects these create and identifying the purpose intended by the writer.

Students need ways that will help them to locate and discuss the subtleties of texts rather than fall into the trap of writing descriptively about ‘what happens’ or of the text’s more mundane details.

The ‘frameworks’ covered in this...


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