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The new edition of this classic guide is fully updated to include a section on comparative literature and more global examples as well as offering an extended discussion of literary periods and genre. The section on theory is expanded to include narratology, postcolonial and media and cultural theory and the book also reflects recent changes to the MLA guidelines and addresses the use and abuse of online resources. In this essential beginner's guide to English literary studies, Mario Klarer Offers a concise and accessible discussion of central issues in the study of literary texts, looking at: definitions of key terms such as 'literature' and 'text' major genres, such as fiction, poetry, drama and film periods and classifications of literature theoretical approaches to texts the use of secondary resources guidelines for writing research essays. He concludes with suggestions for further reading and an extensive glossary of important terms.