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A Handbook to Literary Research [Hardcover]

Simon Eliot , W.R. Owens
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28 Jan 1999 0415198593 978-0415198592 1
This unique student resource is specifically designed for those beginning an MA in Literature, providing an introduction to research techniques, methodologies and information sources relevant to the study of literature at postgraduate level.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (28 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415198593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415198592
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,841,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Handbook to Literary Research has been written specifically for students embarking on an MA in Literature. It provides an introduction to research techniques, methodologies and information sources relevant to the study of literature at postgraduate level.
Divided into sections this guide begins by offering a practical guide to the uses of research libraries; research aids such as bibligraphies and peridical indexes; and computers, especially the Internet.
Section two introduces students to the work of textual scholars and bibliographers, focusing particulary on the practical and theoretical issues faced by textual editors in their effort to produce reliable texts of literary works.
The third section explores connections between literary research and literary theory, outlining how developments in thinking about literature during the twentieth century have opened up new ways of doing research within literary studies. Five contemporary theoretical approaches are outlined here: feminist theory, deconstruction, reader-response and reception theory, new historicism, and post-colonial theory.
Finally the Handbook offers detailed guidance on how to write and present an MA dissertation. A glossary and checklist for finding guides, reference books and other sources for study are also included.
This book the only of its kind, and will be a vital resources for students on any MA Literature programme. It will also be useful to those undertaking private research in Literature or related fields.

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One of the essential skills to be learned by anyone undertaking research is the ability to make the best use of libraries; researchers often waste a great deal of time by working in ignorance of quite basic reference sources or techniques for finding information and materials in libraries. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars A handbook to literary research 18 Feb 2012
By Proppe
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It's a hell of a good book. I defenitely recommend it to everyone engaged in literature research. Amble number of examples. Puff puff!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Guide 18 Feb 2014
By marchad - Published on Amazon.com
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Great for either graduate or postgraduate literature studies; wide ranging and easy to read with helpful exercises at the end of each section.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to schools of critical thought and analysis 27 Mar 2010
By June - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book to prepare to write a thesis on a literary topic, utilizing critical, analytical theory. This is a fine introduction to the various schools of critical thought with specific short chapters discussing them. The body of the book is this look at the schools of critical thought - a nice, quick but careful look at each. Among those discussed: New Criticism, Structuralism, Reader-response criticism, reception theory, Deconstructionism, Post-colonial theory, and feminist theory. The research techniques chapter may feel a bit dated, but it's hard to keep up with the internet revolution. Textual scholarship is nicely discussed in a separate section, and tips for getting going on a dissertation are suggested, along with a series of rather cute 'library exercises.' I bought it for the introduction to critical schools of thought, and it suits that purpose admirably.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Required for class 18 Dec 2007
By Jonnie - Published on Amazon.com
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I was forced to buy this for an Eng lit grad course. I can't say much about about it because I haven't returned to it since then, but most of the info is commonsense if you have done advanced research; however, if you haven't there might be some helpful tips but I have found experience is the best teacher in that respect.
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