Canadian Literature and Poetry in English

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Reading & Writing About Poetry & Literature

Research Handbook

Literary Research and Canadian Literature:
Strategies and Sources

Reznowski, Gabriella N.

Outlines research strategies and recommends the best tools, print and online (including bibliographies, journal indexes, archival collections and other resources), for researching various topics in Canadian literature in both English and French.

PR9184.3 .R39 2011

Writing Handbooks & Close Reading

A Short Guide to Writing About Literature
Barnet, Sylvan and William E. Cain

Advice on reading and writing analytically about various types of literary forms including fiction, drama, and poetry.

PN81 .B35 2012
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.

PE1408 .R593 2012
Reference & Stacks
How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers of Poetry
Sol, Adam

A collection of 35 short essays that walks readers through an array of contemporary poems, with the aim of instructing them how to analyze and appreciate poetry.

PN1042 .S66 2019
The Power of Story: On Truth, the Trickster, and New Fictions
for a New Era

Johnson, Harold

Award-winning Indigenous author Harold R. Johnson discusses the promise and potential of storytelling. He explains the role of storytelling in every aspect of human life, from personal identity to history and the social contracts that structure our societies.

Available Online

P96 .S78 J64 2022

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.

PN147 .G53 2016
Reference & Stacks


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.

PN 41 .A184 2015
A Handbook to Literature
Harmon, William

Considered a classic in the field of literary studies, the handbook explains literary terms, and includes types of literary criticism, genres and movements, with emphasis on the American literary history.

PN 41 .H6 2012
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, movements, and philosophical approaches to the study of literature.

Available Online

PN 81 .C56 2012

reviewed & updated 27 October 2023 | compiled by Agatha Barc

Last updated: October 27, 2023