Writing About Literature

Writing About Literature
Writing about the functions, meanings, qualities, and contexts of literature for specialist and nonspecialist audiences using selected critical theories. Research paper.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 NotePrimarily for majors in literary studies. Carries GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication credit.
 TaughtContact Department
 ProgramsContaining ENGL 314
Course Outcomes


Employ informed and flexible processes for writing and speaking, including creating and/or finding ideas, evidence, and data to write about; planning and drafting; revising; editing; and designing or presenting a message so that it is successfully understood by a specified audience.


Write coherent and unified texts, including effective introductions, clear thesis statements, supporting details, transitions, and strong conclusions.

Rhetorical Situation

Use various methods of invention, organization, and style to adapt written and oral forms of communication to a specific rhetorical situation.


Utilize the library and electronic resources to locate relevant information, assess its reliability and usefulness, and effectively and ethically incorporate it into their own writing by following an appropriate style of documentation.


Write in a correct, clear, and graceful prose style.

Literary Understanding

Use writing to enhance their understanding of and appreciation for literature.

Literary Analysis

Analyze and discuss (in writing and speech) literary texts clearly and cogently, develop and defend literary interpretations, and relate individual texts to their historical and cultural contexts. Apply critical theories to produce distinctive readingsof literary texts.


Effectively evaluate and comment on the writing of others to facilitate revision.