Writing Literary Criticism

Writing Literary Criticism
How to address an academic audience, support arguments, and engage effectively in critical conversations about literature.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesEnglish major status.
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring Contact Department, Summer Contact Department
 ProgramsContaining ENGL 295
Course Outcomes


Students will:

1) find and interpret credible research sources

2) integrate them purposefully in support of their own literary analysis

3) document these sources correctly using MLA format.


Students will effectively employ the appropriate conventions of style, form, and tone in literary scholarship in written and oral communications.


Students will construct a conference length (8-10 page) paper employing purposeful rhetorical moves to develop a coherent and logical argument that makes a significant literary claim.


Students will mature as writers as they devise productive and flexible individual and collaborative processes of writing, including methods for gathering evidence, organizing their argument, prewriting, drafting, revising, editings, proofreading, and peer reviewing.