Ways of Thinking Literary Analysis
Literary analysis examines how a literary text’s formal features and the conventions of prose, poetry, or drama contribute to its meaning.
- Interpret a literary text’s formal features in relation to the conventions of its genres.
- Derive apt evidence from a literary text to support a written interpretive claim.
Alignment with LIVE learning outcomes
Critical Thinking: 1, 2
Courses in literary analysis will assign at least two literary-critical, written analyses of a literary text, both assignments totaling a minimum of eight pages. Each of these assignments should apply all five of the student outcomes listed above.
Possible Texts for Novice Level Courses (not required)
- Acheson, Katherine O. Writing Essays about Literature: A Brief Guide for University and College Students. Toronto: Broadview, 2011. Print.
- Gardner, Janet. Writing about Literature with a 2009 MLA Update: A Portable Guide. 2nd ed. New York: St. Martin’s, 2009. Print.
- Griffith, Kelley. Writing Essays about Literature. 8th ed. New York: Wadsworth, 2010. Print.