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Canadian Literature & Poetry
in English

Reading and Writing About Poetry & Literature


A Glossary of Literary Terms Abrams, M. H., and Geoffrey G. Harpham A complete glossary of essential literary terms presented as a series of engaging essays that explore the definitions and their context. Tenth edition.
PN 41 .A184 2012 Reference
Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism Groden, Michael, Martin Kreiswirth, and Imre Szeman, editors Contains entries on a broad spectrum of topics in literary theory and criticism, including major theorists and philosophical approaches to the study of literature. Second edition.
Available Online Z 6514 .C97 J64 2005 Reference

Close Reading

Techniques of Close Reading Brummett, Barry S. Designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of what texts may be saying, whether they are written, oral, visual, or mediated. The book explores the various ways to “read” messages (such as speeches, cartoons, or magazine ads), teaching students how to see deeper levels of meaning and to share those insights with others. Outlines techniques for discovering form, rhetorical tropes, argument, and ideologies within texts.
P 301.5 .S63 B78 2019 Stacks
How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers of Poetry Sol, Adam Intended for readers who are afraid they understand poetry but who believe that, with a welcoming guide, they might conquer their fear and cultivate a new appreciation.
PN 1042 .S66 2019 Stacks

Research Handbook

Literary Research and Canadian Literature: Strategies and Sources Reznowski, Gabriella N. Outlines research strategies and recommends the best research tools, print and online (including bibliographies, journal indexes, library catalogues, archival collections and other resources), for researching Canadian literature in both English and French.
PR 9184.3 .R39 2011 Reference

Writing Handbooks

Writing About Literature Roberts, Edgar V., editor Introduces a number of analytical approaches important in the study of literature, along with guidance for writing informative and well-focused themes based on these approaches, including close reading. Thirteenth edition.
PE 1408 .R593 2012 Reference & Stacks
A Handbook to Literature Harmon, William Considered a classic in the field, the handbook lists and explains literary terms, and includes types of literary criticism, genres and movements. Appendices include Nobel prizes for literature; Pulitzer prizes for poetry, fiction and drama. An outline of English and American literary history from earliest times to the present precedes the appendices. Twelfth edition.
PN 41 .H6 2012 Reference
A Short Guide to Writing About Literature Barnet, Sylvan and William E. Cain Part I emphasizes the importance, in the writing process, of asking oneself questions in order to generate ideas. Part III introduces the elements of fiction, poetry, drama and film. Part III covers style and format, research papers, and essay examinations in a short and direct approach to writing. Twelfth edition.
PN 81 .B35 2012 Reference
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers Mondern Language Association of America The Handbook is not only limited to the mechanics of incoporating the MLA style into research papers. It also contains helpful advice on avoiding plagiarism and the importance of correctly documenting cited sources. Eighth edition.
PN 147 .G53 2016 Reference & Stacks

updated & expanded by: Agatha Barc, 27 November 2018
originally compiled by: Irene Dutton, Alison Girling