Writing about Literature: Essay and Translation Skills for University Students of English and Foreign Literature

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Education - 172 pages

Writing about Literature combines detailed practical and scholarly advice with a sense of the scope and creative possibilities of literary criticism, empowering the student reader to make his or her own discoveries and experiments with language. In addition, it gives valuable guidance on adult language learning and translation skills for students of foreign literature.

This handy, accessible guide covers all aspects of the essay-writing process, including:

  • preliminary reading and choosing and researching a topic
  • referencing and presentation
  • computer use
  • style, structure, vocabulary, grammar and spelling
  • the art and craft of writing
  • scholarly and personal insights into the problems and pleasures of writing about literature.

Written in an entertaining and informative way and containing a wealth of practical advice and scholarly insights, this wise, witty and helpful book should be on every literature student's bookshelf.

 

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User Review  - AJBraithwaite - LibraryThing

Not the most helpful book I've read: it seemed mainly to be a vehicle for showing off the author's knowledge of literature, rather than a useful guide to the student of literature. In some ways quite dated, now - the paragraph about Google being a drug made me smile. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Reading
5
Critical reading
18
Reading the critics
22
Background reading
23
Research
27
Dictionaries
28
Biblical references
30
Naming your author
71
Making yourself clear
72
Some common bad advice
75
Never say I
76
Spelling punctuation and grammar
78
Dealing with dyslexia
82
Punctuation and syntax
84
Grammar
105

Classical references
31
Oral literature
32
Trusting the author
34
Libraries and librarians
35
Searching online
36
Using Google
37
Serendipity
41
Essay topics
42
The desert island essay
43
Structure
44
Arguing a case
45
Writing
47
Words plain and lacy
51
Jargon and theoryspeak
53
Slips and solecisms
57
Mixing your metaphors
63
How to quote
65
How not to give offence
67
Titles
70
Further reading
113
Foreign languages and literature
115
Reallife language learning
118
Vocabulary and grammar
127
The translators craft
136
Preparing for translation exams
140
Referencing
141
Footnotes and bibliographies
142
Presentation
150
All about layout
151
Proofreading
152
Safety in cyberspace
153
Holding it all together
154
Handwriting in closed exams
155
Willpower
157
Notes
160
Bibliography
166
Index
168
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About the author (2005)

Judith Woolf is a Senior Lecturer at the University of York, where she teaches English and Italian literature.

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