"The English Handbook: A Guide to Literary Studies" is a comprehensive textbook, providing essential practical and analytical reading and writing skills for literature students at all levels. With advice and information on fundamental methods of literary analysis and research, Whitla equips students with the knowledge and tools essential for advanced literary study. The book includes traditional close reading strategies integrated with newer critical theory, ranging from gender and genre to post-structuralism and post-colonialism; with examples from "Beowulf" to Atwood, folk ballads to Fugard, and Christopher Marlowe to "Conrad's Marlow". It draws on a wide range of resources, from print to contemporary electronic media. It supplies a companion website with chapter summaries, charts, examples, web links, and suggestions for further study.