Approaching literature: reading Great Expectations

My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

Lovely! And there's a nice OpenLearn study unit which considers some of the different ways of reading Great Expectations, based on the type of genre the book belongs to. This is one of the most familiar and fundamental ways of approaching literary texts. The novel broadens the scope of study of a realist novel, in both literary and historical terms. The unit includes extracts from critical writings, which are discussed in detail.

Useful for freshers? Outcomes are able to read and understand the classic novel Great Expectations, based on the genre of the book; and prepared to study literature at a higher level.

Here it is: