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Literary analysis research for writing center rev 2014


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This presentation briefly justifies and explains the basics of literary analysis research, with the assistance of noted authors.

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Literary analysis research for writing center rev 2014

  1. 1. LITERARY ANALYSIS RESEARCH Carol Leibiger, Ph.D., MSLIS Associate Professor, University Libraries
  2. 2. 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 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
  3. 3. 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. It gives us an opportunity to read and enjoy great literature. Write on, sister!
  4. 4. 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 ?  Structural/formalist It was a dark and stormy night… approach: use the elements of literature  Content approach: use a critical lens
  5. 5. 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 message. Checklist of elements of literature A good protagonist is hard to find.
  6. 6. H OW T O D O W E D O C O N T E N T ANALYSIS?  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 What’s the hobbit perspective ?
  7. 7. H O W T O A P P R OA C H A L I T E R A RY ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT Make a claim about a text. Find expert support for your claim. Argue the claim using evidence.
  8. 8. FINDING EXPERT SUPPORT Tradition demands that research be done with books. But, mon ami, article s are also important sources.
  9. 9. FINDING CRITICAL SOURCES IN BOOKS WorldCat ist international ! Use WorldCat to find: • Books at USD • Books elsewhere (anywhere!) WorldCat
  10. 10. FINDING ARTICLES Subject-specific databases:  MLA International Bibliography  Humanities International Complete Multi-subject databases:  JSTOR  Project MUSE Get with the times! Use databases to find cuttingedge research.
  11. 11. QUESTIONS?  Use the ENGL 210 LibGuide to find scholarly books and articles on literary topics.  Contact Dr. Carol Leibiger, Language and Literature subject specialist 677-6089 Take it from a Nobel Prize winner: Use these research methods, and enjoy learning about literature.
  12. 12. 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  Jane Austen  William Faulkner  Charlotte, Emily, and Anne  Kate Chopin Brontë  Charles Dickens  Edgar Allan Poe  Émil Zola  Flannery O’Connor  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  J.R.R. Tolkien  Fyodor Dostoyevsky  Charlotte Perkins Gilman  Sigrid Undset