Writing about Literature

Class Overview


Thoughts on Literature            

Technology & Writing

Class Participation & Response Essay Questions

Writing Assignments

Paper One, Preparations & Checklist

Paper Two, Preparations & Checklist

Paper Three, Preparations & Checklist

Paper Four, Preparations & Checklist

Writing Exercises

Introduction to Writing Exercises

Writing Exercises 1-5

Writing Exercises 6-10

Writing Exercises 11-14

Writing Exercise 15

Writing Exercises 16-18

Writing Exercises 19-23

Writing Exercises 24-31

Writing Exercise 32

Writing Exercises 33-35

Summary Table of Class Exercises


List of Terms for Literary Criticism

Midterm Review

Final Review

Preparing Endnotes
& Bibliographies

Sample Endote Citations

Sample Bibliography Citations

Sample Website Citations



"Dumbing Down the American Reader," Harold Bloom

"July," Aldo Leopold from A Sand County Almanac

"Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer," Wendell Berry

"Between the Rocks and A Hard Sell," Cintra Wilson

Short Stories

Gabriel Garcia Marquez  "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World"

Chinua Achebe "Civil Peace"

Leo Tolstoy "The Empty Drum" from (Twenty-Three Tales)

Haruki Murakami   "super-frog saves tokyo" (Reviews)

Flannery O'Connor "A Good Man is Hard to Find"

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"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"


William Shakespeare  
"My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun"
"That time of year thou mayest in me behold "

John Milton
"When I consider how my light is spent"

John Keats  "Ode to a Nightingale"
       (2 Letters by John Keats)


Robert Browning "My Last Duchess"

Maya Angelou "Still I Rise"

Sylvia Plath "Daddy"

Robert Frost "Mending Wall"

Popular Entertainment

Oedipus Rex

Life of Sophocles: Chronological Outline

Overview: the Plot for Oedipus Rex

Sophocles and His Tragedies

Theater Database: Sophocles


Life of Shakespeare

Background Information on Othello