دانلود رایگان کتاب Literature – Criticism and Theory
Where – or when – does a literary text begin? This question raises a series of fundamental problems in literary criticism and theory. Does a text begin as the author puts his or her first mark on a piece of paper or keys in the first word on a computer? Does it begin with the first idea about a story or poem, or in the childhood of the writer, for instance? Or does the text only begin as the reader picks up the book? Does the text begin with its title, or with the first word of the so-called ‘body’ of the text?
We will try to begin with a poem. John Milton’s great epic Paradise Lost (1667) begins by returning to the beginning : …..