Handbook is just another name for guide. Each of these handbooks serves as a brief and easy-to-use guide to literature, containing entries on writers, literary theories, literary movements and more.
Literary theory can be challenging to grasp, but there are many guides to theory available in the Library. The books listed below are a selection of works that can give you a general overview of literary theory; for more theory guides, and for in-depth works on specific literary theory areas (Feminist theory, Marxist theory, Postmodernism, etc.), please visit the Library catalog.