Yellow#5 Posted March 7, 2009 Share Posted March 7, 2009 I'm wondering if anyone has a favorite resource book on doing literary research that they've found particularly helpful. Also, if people wanted to share their particular approaches that would be great. Personally, I tend to start with an anthology, either a volume of anthology on the field of literary theory I like, such as narrative theory, rhetoric or structuralists or the essays in the back of a Norton's edition of a literary work, e.g. Norton's critical reader on The Scarlet Letter. When I find something that interests me and seems to apply particularly well to primary literary work I follow up on the bibligraphical references, searching for theory in that vein that was already written about that novel using that theoretical approach, or if I start with an essay about a novel in particular, I follow the bibligraphic references back to the broader sub field of theory, like narrative theory, and try and find a link to a theorist I am familiar with and tend to like. Any tips for focussing this process or making sure it's done more thoroughly? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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