The Handbook to Literary Research and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Start reading The Handbook to Literary Research on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

A Handbook to Literary Research [Hardcover]

Simon Eliot , W.R. Owens
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
RRP: 65.00
Price: 64.33 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
You Save: 0.67 (1%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Usually dispatched within 1 to 3 weeks.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition 18.99  
Hardcover 64.33  
Paperback -- Trade-In Store
Did you know you can use your mobile to trade in your unwanted books for an Gift Card to spend on the things you want? Visit the Books Trade-In Store for more details or check out the Trade-In Amazon Mobile App Guidelines on how to trade in using a smartphone. Learn more.
There is a newer edition of this item:
The Handbook to Literary Research The Handbook to Literary Research 4.5 out of 5 stars (2)
In stock.

Book Description

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.

Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed

Product details

  • 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)

Product Description

From the Back Cover

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.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
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
Explore More
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

5 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
4.0 out of 5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A handbook to literary research 18 Feb 2012
By Proppe
It's a hell of a good book. I defenitely recommend it to everyone engaged in literature research. Amble number of examples. Puff puff!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 3.0 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Guide 18 Feb 2014
By marchad - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
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.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Required for class 18 Dec 2007
By Jonnie - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category