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Part I. Basics/Process

  A. Chapters 1-6: Start

  B. Ch. 7-13: Organize

  C. Ch. 14-20: Revise/Edit

Part II. College Writing

   D. Ch. 21-23: What Is It?

   E. Ch. 24-30: Write on Rdgs.

   F. Ch.31-35: Arguments

  G. Ch. 36-42: Research

  H. Ch. 43-48: Literature

   I.  Ch. 49-58: Majors & Work

Part III. Grammar

 Study Questions






This "Response to Literature" section shows you how to write to literature.  The phrase "write to literature" means you are not just writing about something in the content of the literature (such as a person, a culture, or an event), but rather that you are responding to the literature using specific literary methods of response.  Some of these methods are relatively informal; others are semiformal or very formal.  They include such types of response as identifying the elements of literature, critically analyzing a work of literature, interpreting literature using a literary thesis, and reviewing literature.  Many of these methods of examining literature work for examining--and writing about--other art forms, as well.  For example, the chapter on the "Literary Review" also works for reviewing a play, an exhibition of paintings, a dance performance, et al.  Each art form has its own particular elements that are important to it; once you know those elements, you are speaking the "language" of the art form, and you can then analyze, interpret, and review by using those elements. 

This section has six chapters, three of them with a sample paper in each:

H. "Response to Literature" Chapters:

    43. What Is "Writing to Lit"?

    44. How To Read Literature

    45. Analysis of Literary Elements (w/Sample Paper)

    46. Critical or Interpretive Analysis

    47. Interpretive Thesis (w/Sample Paper)

    48. Literary Review (w/Sample Paper)

    See also Ch. 53: Story Writing

 also has a good section on how to write to literature, thousands of free online sources of literary works, directions for specific types of college literary assignments, and samples of such papers: in, go to "
Chapter 4. Literature, Reading, & Writing."          


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 43. What Is "Writing to Lit"?

 44. How To Read Literature

 45. Analysis of Elements

 46. Critical Analysis

 47. Interpretive Thesis

 48. Literary Review


Prewriting Activities

Critical  Alternatives


For writing about content in articles, essays, & books, see

E. Responding to Reading



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4. Literature, Reading, & Writing


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