Writing About Literature

This week, I return to the classroom for another semester of teaching literature and composition at Montgomery County Community College. One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that some of the students in my literature courses have trouble making the transition from writing about more “general” topics in composition courses to writing about literature in my American and Contemporary Literature courses. To help with that transition, I’ve put together the following notes on writing about literature. These notes will appear on my blog over the next few days and will outline one approach to writing a paper for an English class. I welcome any feedback from teachers or students of literature — or from anyone who’s interested in writing about literature for that matter!