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World Literature: Reference Materials

Guide to resources and research help related to World Literature.

Reference Materials

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.

General Handbooks

African Literature


Australian and New Zealand Literature


Latin America and Caribbean

Middle East

North America

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.

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