Critical Reading Course material



Critical Reading Course

Oxford Autumn 2012

List of documents

Course Key Facts

Who, Where, When, Content, Preparation

Course outline

What's covered, week by week


People on the course


Choose one of these

Analysing narrative fiction Handout

Narrative Voice, Perspective, Dialogue, Interior Monologue, Free Indirect, Subjective, Stream of Consciousness

Analysis Tool Kit

Content, Form and Use of Language which links to . . .

Top 20 Figures of Speech


A Level Guide

Some selected pages

Toolkit for Rhetorical Analysis

Brief definitions of 130 figures of speech and other rhetorical terms from

Categories of Figures of Speech

The difference between Schemes and Tropes

Other Figures of Speech mentioned

Conceit, Tropes, . . .

Presentation week 9 - PPT, PDF

Review of Jenni Russell Sunday Times Article on 'Literary Tricksiness'

Visual Models

From 'Literary Analysis & Essay Writing Guide' by Colin Shanafelt


Forcing the audience to see common things in an unfamiliar way

Narrative and Voice from Wikipedia

The narrator's position in relation to the story being told

Critical Theories

Handout notes

‘Fallacy Model’

My graphic

The ‘literati’ and us

My graphic

Rod Liddle

Example of style

AA Gill

Example of style

Mann Booker

Short list 2012


Shortlist 2012

Map of Rewley House



Near Rewley House