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The English Handbook: A Guide to Literary Studies

September 2009, ©2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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The English Handbook: A Guide to Literary Studies is a comprehensive textbook, providing essential practical and analytical reading and writing skills for literature students at all levels. With advice and information on fundamental methods of literary analysis and research, Whitla equips students with the knowledge and tools essential for advanced literary study.
  • Includes traditional close reading strategies integrated with newer critical theory, ranging from gender and genre to post-structuralism and post-colonialism; with examples from Beowulf to Atwood, folk ballads to Fugard, and Christopher Marlowe to Conrad’s Marlow
  • Draws on a wide range of resources, from print to contemporary electronic media
  • Supplies a companion website with chapter summaries, charts, examples, web links, and suggestions for further study
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Table of Contents

Preface. I: The Study of Literature:

II: Reading English: From Opening a Book to Critical Analysis:

III: Critical Practice:

IV: The Politics of Reading: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity:

V: Poetry and Poetics:

VI: Prose Fiction:

VII: Drama:

VIII: Library Research and Scholarly Method:

IX: The Analytical Essay and Other Assignments:

Bibliography.

Index.

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Author Information

William Whitla is Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar in English and Humanities at York University in Toronto. He has published The Central Truth (on Robert Browning, 1963), Essays and Reviews (on Victorian literature and religion, with Victor Shea, 2000), and Foundations: Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing (also with Victor Shea, 2001 and 2005).
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The Wiley Advantage

  • A comprehensive textbook, providing essential practical and analytical reading and writing skills for literature students at all levels
  • Includes traditional close reading strategies integrated with newer critical theory, ranging from gender and genre to post-structuralism and post-colonialism; with examples from Beowulf to Atwood, folk ballads to Fugard, and Christopher Marlowe to Conrad’s Marlow
  • Draws on a wide range of resources, from print to contemporary electronic media
  • Supplies a companion website with chapter summaries, charts, examples, web links, and suggestions for further study
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Reviews

“It would certainly be helpful to students to have multiple copies available in their academic libraries.”  (Reference Reviews, 2012)

 

"A marvellously useful book, one that I would recommend fervently for any gateway class introducing students to the theory and practice of literary criticism".
Peter C. Herman, San Diego State University

"[This book] combines introductory material on the process of reading and literary interpretation with discussions of genre, poetics, library research, and introductory literary theory ... a valuable tool for students who are just beginning to think about how best to interpret literature, as well as the teachers who are striving to present the diverse field of literature to the students."

Cindy Weinstein, California Institute of Technology

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Wiley E-Text   
The English Handbook: A Guide to Literary Studies
ISBN : 978-1-4443-6200-8
360 pages
October 2011
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Paperback   
The English Handbook: A Guide to Literary Studies
ISBN : 978-1-4051-8375-8
358 pages
September 2009, ©2009
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Hardcover   
The English Handbook: A Guide to Literary Studies
ISBN : 978-1-4051-8376-5
360 pages
September 2009
$103.95   BUY

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