Critical Reading and Writing About Literature
(LSH 83-88, 62-65)
Things We Do:
Terms to Know:
- Provide Examples
- (omniscient) narrator
- What, according to the authors, does reading with a
critical eye involve?
- Identify and explain the usefulness of three (3)
strategies the authors recommend employing in reading
- According to the authors, what six questions can be asked
when analyzing an argument?
- According to the authors, what does reading
a visual text involve?
- Identify and explain the key elements of a literary
analysis, according to the authors.
- Define the following:
- Explain the three methods for analyzing a text introduced
by the authors.
- What, according to the authors, does a close reading
- Explain the "matters of style" the authors present.
- Explain the suggested organization of a literary analysis.
Other Discussion Questions (from The
Harbrace Handbook, Ch. 41)
- In what ways, according to the authors, does drama
differ from other imaginative literature?
- Explain the ways in which, according to the authors,
poetry is both similar to and different from drama and
- What does reader-response theory involve?
- What does feminist theory involve?
- What does gender studies theory involve?
- What does critical race theory involve?
- What does class-based literary theory involve?
- What does text-based literary theory involve?
- What does context-based literary theory
- What does a cultural studies approach involve?
- What does psychoanalytic literary theory