Literary analysis research for writing center rev 2014
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
“Literature is part of our cultural heritage which is freely available to everyone, and which can enrich our lives in all
kinds of ways…These works say something worth saying. Their beauty captures people’s attention and satisfies their
souls. This beauty does not lie only on 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
It gives us an
to read and
H O W C A N W E A P P R OA C H L I T E R A T U R E ?
It was a
approach: use the
elements of literature
use a critical lens
H OW D O W E D O S T RU C T U R A L A N A LY S I S ?
Formalists consider how the
structural elements of a text
contribute to the author’s
Checklist of elements of
is hard to
H OW T O D O W E D O C O N T E N T
Postmodern criticism recognizes
that literature is social and can be
understood from multiple points
of view. It seeks inclusiveness,
opening the discussion to both
dominant and minority views.
VirtualLit Critical Perspectives
H O W T O A P P R OA C H A L I T E R A RY
Make a claim
about a text.
FINDING EXPERT SUPPORT
s are also
FINDING CRITICAL SOURCES IN BOOKS
Use WorldCat to
• Books at USD
MLA International Bibliography
Get with the
Use the ENGL 210 LibGuide
to find scholarly books and articles
on literary topics.
Contact Dr. Carol Leibiger,
Language and Literature subject
Take it from a
T H A N K S T O T H E AU T H O R S
W H O PA RT I C I PAT E D
Charlotte, Emily, and Anne
Edgar Allan Poe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Charlotte Perkins Gilman