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A Handbook to Literary Research is a vital, one of a kind student resource, which has been written specifically for those embarking on a Masters degree in Literature. It provides an introduction to research techniques, methodologies and information sources relevant to the study of literature at postgraduate level. The unique and invaluable guide is divided into four sections:

* a practical guide to the uses of research libraries, research sources and computers, including the Internet
* an introduction to the work of textual scholars and bibliographers, focusing particularly on the practical and theoretical issues faced by textual editors
* an overview of literary research and literary theory, including outlines of feminist theory, deconstruction, reader-response and reception theory, new historicism, and post-colonial theory
* a detailed guide on how to write and present a Masters, including a glossary and checklist for finding guides, reference books and other study sources.

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A guide for anyone undertaking postgraduate research in literature, providing information on basic research skills and methods, book history and textual scholarship, connections between research and theory, and planning, writing, and presenting a dissertation. Each chapter identifies and illustrates central ideas and developments within its field, and includes questions and exercises focusing on key points and practice skills. Includes a glossary, and an extensive checklist of bibliographical resources for the study of literature. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415198608
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors 4
1 Introduction to the Handbook 5
Pt. 1 Tools of the trade
2 Research techniques and the use of libraries 13
3 Using the Internet for literary research 19
Pt. 2 Textual scholarship and book history
4 Bibliography 39
5 History of the book 49
6 Editing literary texts 63
Pt. 3 Literary research and literary theory
7 From New Criticism to structuralism 85
8 Literature, gender, feminist criticism 117
9 Deconstruction 131
10 Reader-response criticism and reception theory 139
11 New Historicism 150
12 Post-colonial theory 159
Pt. 4 The dissertation
13 Planning, writing and presenting a dissertation 173
Pt. 5 Reference
14 Glossary 187
15 Library exercises - model answers 199
16 Checklist of libraries, reference books and other sources 204
Index 231
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