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Outside the book

Updated Tuesday, 28th October 2014

Explore the wonders of the literary world with these five quirky animations.

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Cartoon of George Eliot with two readers Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: The Open University What function does comedy serve? What do people in power learn by watching tragedies? In this collection of five video animations, comedian Josie Long guides us into the fascinating world of literary theory. Along the way we’ll discover two very different types of poet (and lover): The Petrarchan and The Libertine, we’re given insight into the complexity behind the term author and also learn the difference between a book and the idea of a book.

Select from the five videos below and begin your journey into the world of understanding and analysing common themes in literature.

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