Otherness & “the Other”

Some of the most popular modes of critical theory utilize the concept of “the Other,” an important social-political idea prevalent today in conversations about literature, film, television and advertising.

Composing Literary Analysis – A Sample of the Process

Here is a sample of the process of engaging with a literary text, analyzing that text, and writing about that text.

Conventions for Writing Literature Analysis Essays

Every branch of writing has its own set of stylistic preferences and rules. Literary analysis is no different. Here is a brief guide to the conventions of literary analysis composition.

Applying Literary Terms

This page provides a run-down of how we might apply several terms to an analysis of a sample text, “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

OERs and Citation Instruction

Open Education Resources (OERs) are surging in popularity – and for good reason. Free resources help students and educators alike, keeping costs down and creating a community oriented around shared ideas. These resources vary in many ways, the most prominent of which is the variety we see in instructional focus. Some OERs have a distinctContinue reading “OERs and Citation Instruction”

What is literary analysis?

Literary Analysis Literary interpretation is fundamentally interested in the question of what a text means. What is this text about? What ideas does this text communicate?  To answer the fundamental questions, we pursue a diagnostic analysis of the text, assessing the structure of a work and its component parts. Then we step back and analyze the textContinue reading “What is literary analysis?”