Section I; Introductory, ed. James Loxley; 1. What is Literature?, Alex Thomson; 2. English Literary Studies: Origins and Nature, Bob Irvine; 3. Kinds of Literature, David Salter; Section II - Poetry, ed. Alan Gillis; 1. Poetry: An Introduction, Alan Gillis; 2. Metre and Rhythm, Lee Spinks; 3. Poetic Imagery, Sarah Dunnigan; 4. Verse Forms, Penny Fielding; 5. Vernacular Poetry, Colin Nicholson; 6. Poetry and History, Greg Walker; Section III - Narrative, ed. Michelle Keown; 1. Kinds of Fiction, Aaron Kelly; 2. Prose/Short Story, Ken Millard; 3. Narrators, Michele Mendelssohn; 4. Narrative Language, Keith Hughes; 5. Constructing Character, Raj Chakraborti; 6. Life Writing, Laura Marcus; Section IV - Drama, ed. Dermot Cavanagh; 1. Introducing Drama, Roger Savage; 2. Text and Performance, Olga Taxidou; 3. Comedy, Jonathan Wild; 4. Tragedy, Simon Malpas; 5. History and Politics, Dermot Cavanagh; 6. Gender and Performance, Suzanne Trill; Annotated Bibliography; Index.