Literature

Literature-Related Topics, Links, and Documents

Please use the drop-down menu above to find the specific grammar sections and documents you’re looking for. This section of the site contains teaching and study materials I’ve written, as well as links related to all areas of English-language literature.

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If you’re a student, one advantage of ebooks to keep in mind is that it’s much easier to find anything specific you’re looking by doing a search in an ebook than by flipping through a traditional book.

As a basic resource for help in understanding literature, students may find Thomas C. Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor useful.

For some of my students whose teachers ask them to annotate the texts they’re reading, I put together a brief overview of some important elements to focus on during the process of analyzing and reflecting on literature: Suggestions on How to Annotate Texts. This list may be useful to students doing literary analysis in any form, particularly analysis of a prose work like a novel, novella, short story, or play.

Rhetorical Devices and Literary Terms
On the website Virtual Salt, Robert Harris has provided useful definitions and examples of a great variety of rhetorical devices and literary terms. I highly recommend these pages as a resource for students looking for clear explanations of these concepts. He has also published a well-reviewed book with even more comprehensive information about rhetorical devices: Writing With Clarity and Style: A Guide to Rhetorical Devices for Contemporary Writers.
Other Resources:

A Glossary of Rhetorical Terms with Examples: more concise but less thorough than Virtual Salt’s list
AP Literary Terms: a comprehensive list of concisely defined literary terms and rhetorical devices specifically designed for AP English students

This page is under construction: more literature-related materials and links coming soon.

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