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English Language and Literature: Literary Criticism


The Queen's University English Department has adopted the following as its general guide to matters of writing and citation:

Hacker, Diane. A Canadian Writer's Reference. 4th ed.
Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009.

The following introductions and guides may also be useful:

Sylvan Barnet & Reid Gilbert. A Short Guide to Writing about Literature. 1st Canadian ed.
PE1479 .C7 B3 1997t

Chris Hopkins. Thinking About Texts: An Introduction to English Studies.
PR21 .H66 2001

Nicholas Marsh. How to Begin Studying English Literature. 2nd ed.
PR87 .M2753 1995t

Richard Bradford, ed. Introducing Literary Studies.
PR87 .I58 1996

John Peck & Martin Coyle. Practical Criticism: The Complete Guide to Writing an Analysis of a Poem, Novel and Play.
PR57 .P425 1995t

Steven Lynn. Texts and Contexts: Writing about Literature with Critical Theory. 2nd ed.
PE1479 .C7 L96 1998

Wilfred L. Guerin et al. A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature. 5th ed.
PN81 .G8 2005

Ross Murfin & Supryia M. Ray. The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms. 2d. ed.
Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003.

Paul Fussell. Poetic Meter and Poetic Form (1967).
PE1505 .F88

John Hollander. Rhyme's Reason: A Guide to English Verse. New, enlarged ed.
PE1505 .H6 1989

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism
Online (full-text version of the 1994 paper edition, updated from 1997- )
REF Z6514 .C97 J64 1994

The authoritative source for citation practice in literary studies is:

MLA handbook for writers of research papers by Joseph Gibaldi. 7th ed.
Online 2003 (Prepared by: University Library, California State University, Los Angeles)
REF LB2369 .G53 2009

Students may occasionally be asked to use "Chicago style" for citation:

The Chicago Manual of Style. 16th ed.
REF Z253 .U69 2010

For more information on citation, especially citation manager programs and electronic citation, see the Queen's Library's guides:

Find and use Citation and Style Guides and

Research Strategy, Citing Sources

For information on plagiarism, see Hacker, and also:

You Quote it, You Note It!: An interactive tutorial from Acadia University

Avoiding Plagiarism: a resource from University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Queen's Policy on Academic Dishonesty

Last Updated: 07 June 2011