Title Literary Studies
Subtitle A Norton Guide
Author M. A. R. Habib
ISBN 9780393937954
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 352
Book size 152 X 210 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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About the book


An inspiring and practical introduction to the English major

Literary Studies provides students with an accessible overview of everything they need to know to succeed in their English courses—literary terms, historical periods, theoretical approaches, and more. The guide helps students gain the analytical skills that will benefit them in college and as educated citizens after graduation.


Accessible and engaging coverage that gives students the information they need to succeed

Literary Studies provides a clear and succinct introduction to prosody, literary terms, historical periods, and theory, written in an engaging narrative style that encourages students. Answering the question “So What Can I do with an English Major?,” the guide provides inspiration alongside practical advice. Literary Studies is an essential reference that students will return to again and again while working toward their degree. 


Rich with literature from American, English, and World traditions 

Literary Studies is rich with literature, using diverse examples from every genre to show how to read, how to analyze, and how to write. From William Blake to Zadie Smith, the guide doesn’t just talk about literature, but talks with literature. For instructors wishing to cover the basics of literary study in survey courses, the guide makes an ideal package item with The Norton Anthologies of English, American, and World Literature. Contact your local Norton representative for package ISBNs.


Comprehensive coverage of the writing process

The guide covers the full spectrum of the writing process—from finding a topic to writing a thesis to finalizing a research paper—and features a variety of written genres. Students will find the writing guidance useful in their English classes, their non-English courses, and their careers post-college.




Part One: Literary Studies

1. So What Can I Do with a Degree in English?

2. The Nature and Scope of Literary Studies • The Meaning of “Literary Studies” • Debates about and Concerns of Literary Studies • The Rise of Theory • World Literature • The Teaching of Literature • Students in Class

Part Two: Reading Literature

3. Basic Reading • The Need to Read • What Does “Reading” Mean? • Preliminary Reading Strategies • Preliminary Reading Exercise • W. B. Yeats’s ” When You Are Old”

4. Critical Reading • Using the Theme—Form—Context Framework • Critical Reading Exercises • W. B Yeats’s °When You Are Old” • Matthew Arnold’s °The Study of Poetry • Frances Burney’s “A Mastectomy’


Part Three: Elements of Literature

5. Genre, Part I • Common Elements of Literary Genres • Poetry • The Epic • The Lyrics • Analyzing a Lyric Poem • William Blake’s “The Tyger” • Drama • Analyzing Drama • Sophocles’ Antigone • Fiction • Analyzing Fiction • Charles Dickens’s Hard Times

6. Genre, Part II • Electronic ard Digital Media • Analyzing a Film: Gladiator • Analyzing Television • The Big Bang Theory • Digital Genres • Analyzing Facebook • Analyzing Video Games • Super Mario Bros. • Ludology

7. Literary Language and Form: Figures of Speech • A Few Reflections on Figures • Metaphor • Simile • Metonymy • Synecdoche • Irony • Hyperbole • Oxymoron • Personification • Onomatopoeia • Alliteration • Assonance • Anaphora • Epiphora

8. Literary Language and Form: Prosody • Prosody and Scansion: Some Definitions • Examples of Scansion • William Blake’s “The Tyger’ • Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade” • Gwendolyn Brooks’s “We Real Cool” • Questions about Meter

Part Four: Historical Periods

9. The Ancient World through the Classical Era • The Preclassical or Archaic Period (ca. 800-ca. 500 B.C.E.) Analyzing an Ancient Text • Homer’s Iliad • The Classical Period (ca. 500 B.C.E.-17 C.E) • Plato • Aristotle • Elements of Classicism • Analyzing a Classical Text • Virgil’s Aeneid

10. The Middle Ages • The Early Middle Ages (ca. 476-1050 C.E. ) • Analyzing Early Medieval Texts • Augustine’s ConfessionsBeowulf (ca. 9th c.) • The Later Middle Ages (ca 1050-1500) • Analyzing Later Medieval Texts • Dante’s Inferno • Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the City of Ladies • Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

11. The Early Modern Period to the Late Nineteenth Century • The Early Modern Period • Analyzing Early Modern Literature • A Sonnet by Francis Petrarch • A Sonnet by Louise Labé • The Seventeenth Century • Analyzing a Metaphysical Poem • John Donne’s “The Flea” • Neoclassicism • Analyzing a Neoclassical Text • Alexander Pope’s Essay on Man • The Enlightenment Text • Analyzing a Metaphysical Poem • Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of The Rights of Woman • Romanticism (ca. 1780-1830) • Analyzing a Romantic Text • Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind” • The Later Nineteenth Century • Analyzing a Later Nineteenth-Century Text • Preface to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass

12. Modernism and Postmodernism • Modernism • Analyzing a Modernist Text • T. S. Elliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” • Postmodernism • Analyzing a Postmodernism Text • Samuel Beckett’s Endgame

13. Contemporary Literature • Analyzing Contemporary Literature • Toni Morrison’s “Recitatif” • Zadie Smith’s “The Waiter’s Wife”

14. World Literature • General Strategies • Analyzing World Literature • Confucius’s Analects • Bhavakadevi: A Classical Sanskrit Lyric • The Qur’an • Yehuda Amichai’s “An Arab Shepherd... • Bessie Head’s “The Deep River” • Hanan Al-Shaykh’s “The Women’s Swimming Poor” • Isabel Allende’s ‘’And of Clay Are We Created”

Part Five: Literary Theory

15. Schools of Literary Criticism: An Overview, Part I • Historical Periods of Literary Criticism and Theory • Liberal Humanism • Russian Formalism • The New Criticism • Psychoanalysis • Marxist Literary Criticism • Feminist Criticism and Gender Studies

16. Schools of Literary Criticism: An Overview, Part II • Structuralism • Poststructuralism • Cultural Studies • Film Theory • Postcolonial Criticism • Global Studies and Literary Theory • After Theory

17. Theory • Reading Literary Theory • Using Theory • Deconstructive Analysis: William Blake’s “The Tyger” • Marxist Analysis: Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party” • Postcolonial/Global Studies: Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness


Part Six: Writing About Literature

18. The Writing Process • Stages of the Writing Process • General Guidelines • The Thesis Statement • Overview of the Writing Process • Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay

19 Assignments • Exposition • Comparison and Contrast • Argumentation • Evaluating the Arguments of Others • Journal Writing

20. Documentation and Research • Using and Documenting Sources • In-text Citations • The Works-Cited Page • Quotations • Endnotes and Footnotes • Preparing a Research Paper • Finding a Tonic • Narrowing Down the Topic • Conducting Library Research • Researching on the Internet • Writing a Research Paper

Joining an Academic Community • Professional Etiquette • Giving Effective Presentations • Using Digital Media and YouTube • Hybrid and Online Courses

Annotated Bibliography



About the Author:

M. A. R. Habib is professor of English at Rutgers University and is currently teaching and developing the literature curriculum at the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait. His publications include three histories of literary criticism, two books on Hegel, a study of T. S. Eliot’s philosophical background, and two translations of Urdu poetry. In addition, he is the author of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present: An Introduction (2011) and the editor of The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Vol. VI: The Nineteenth Century (2013) and the fifth edition of the Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (2014). He is currently at work translating the Qur’an into English for Liveright.

Target Audience:

Students and academicians of English Literature.


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