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Peter Barry

naming and classification of the literary tropes and devices employed by the authors. Highly specialist and scholarly though this kind of thing is, as a teaching routine it is more a protracted form of aversion therapy to literature than a way of interesting undergraduates in reading and enjoying major authors. By the 1880s there were annotated editions of major writers – Shakespeare, Spenser, Bunyan, and so on – to cater for this dreary market. But there was also the growth of a different approach to literature teaching, one which was based on ‘rhetoric’ rather than

in Beginning theory (fourth edition)