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LITERARY ANALYSIS RESEARCH Carol Leibiger, Ph.D., MSLIS Associate Professor, University Libraries
WHY DO WE READ? It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.“Literature is part of our cultural heritage which is freely available to everyone, and which can enrich our lives in allkinds of ways…These works say something worth saying. Their beauty captures people’s attention and satisfies theirsouls. This beauty does not lie only in WHAT is said, but HOW it is said.” The Literature Network Forums blog
W H Y D O L I T E R A RY A N A LY S I S ? It lets us formulate and communicate ideas about literature. Write on, It gives us an sister! opportunity Literary to read and analysis is enjoy great critical literature. thinking and writing.
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QUESTIONS? Use the ENGL 210 LibGuide Take it from ato find scholarly books and articles Nobel Prizeon literary topics. winner: Use these research Contact Dr. Carol Leibiger, methods, andLanguage and Literature subject enjoy learningspecialist and writing aboutC.Leibiger@usd.edu literature.677-6089
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSI wish to thank the following authors for allowing me to put words into their mouths: Jane Austen (Slide 2) The Brontë Sisters (Slide 3) Edgar Alan Poe (Slide 4) Flannery O’Connor (Slide 5) J.R.R. Tolkien (Slide 6) Charlotte Perkins Gilman, William Faulkner, Kate Chopin (Slide 7) Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott (Slide 8) Charles Dickens, Émile Zola (Slide 9) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Slide 10) Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Slide 11) Sigrid Undset (Slide 12)