Writing in Literature
These OWL resources will help you write about literature and poetry. This section contains resources on literary terms, literary theory and schools of criticism, as well as resources on writing book reviews.
This handout gives a rundown of some important terms and concepts used when talking and writing about literature.
This resource will help you begin the process of understanding literary theory and schools of criticism and how they are used in the academy.
This handout covers major topics relating to writing about fiction. This covers prewriting, close reading, thesis development, drafting, and common pitfalls to avoid.
This handout provides examples and description about writing papers in literature. It discusses research topics, how to begin to research, how to use information, and formatting.
These sections describe in detail the assignments students may complete when writing about literature. These sections also discuss different approaches (literary theory/criticism) students may use to write about literature. These resources build on the Writing About Literature materials.
This section covers the basics of how to write about poetry. Including why it is done, what you should know, and what you can write about.
This section covers images as they appear in poetry and covers related terminology, definitions and origins of images, uses of images, and several exercises.
This resource will help you perform a close reading of poetry and begin developing ideas for writing papers based on close readings.
This resource provides guidance on understanding the assignment, considering context, and developing thesis statements and citations for world literature papers. It also includes a PowerPoint about thesis statements in world literature for use by instructors and students.