Critical Writing about Literature


This free custom textbook includes openly-licensed and public domain works for the University of Northern Iowa course ENGLISH 2120: Critical Writing about Literature. It introduces readers to the knowledge and skills necessary to critically read, interpret, and analyze literature. The editor--Dr. Erika L. Bass--chose these readings to orient readers to important concepts and literature genres, as well as develop writing skills. While these chapters were chosen from other OER textbooks, I took care in selecting the chapters that are relevant to course objectives and will help students transfer skills from one class to the next, regardless of major.

Editor: Dr. Erika Bass

Cover design credit: Connor Olson, University of Northern Iowa.


A. Front Matter

B. Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking

C. Reading and Analyzing Fiction

D. Reading and Analyzing Poetry

E. Literary Criticism: An Introduction

F. Reading and Analyzing Drama

G. Back Matter


  • publisher
    Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
  • rights
    For rights & restrictions, see Licensing statement in Front Matter