The Handbook to Literary Research – de Sousa Correa & W.R. Owens
This is written specifically for my course, so far it has been very helpful
Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative – Prof. Arnold Weinstein (The Great Courses)
This is helpful for two reasons, first it gives me experience of actually studying English Literature and second, it also acts as background reading for most of my course.
Studying Fiction – Roy Johnson
I found an excerpt of this book and it really helped with the finer details of what to look for and how when doing a close reading of the text.
How to Write Better Essays – Dr Greetham
One of the things that let me down in my philosophy degree was my lack of practice essay writing. I know this is a weakness and so I will be working on my essay writing skills.
How to Read a Book – Adler & Van Doren
This will just be a check for additional ‘know-how’ whilst I work on gaining more experience.
The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms – Baldick
I plan on reading little bits every day so hopefully I can quickly gain more experience of the terms used, what to look out for.
Introduction to Literature, Criticism & Theory – Bennett & Royle
The remaining books are intended to help me with secondary literature, ranging in detail from more general to specific. I will probably read out of order according to what is most relevant.
Critical Terms for Literary Study – Lentricchia & McLaughlin
Intertextuality – Graham Allen
Literary Theory – Terry Eagleton
Other possible authors I am looking at are Freud and Machiavelli. I am also looking at building up my knowledge of syntax and linguistics. Again, please comment if you have any recommendations. I’d love to know what is your 101 and syllabus too so please comment :-)