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Writing about Literature : Essay and Translation Skills for University Students of English and Foreign Literature,9780415314459

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

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1st
ISBN13:

9780415314459

ISBN10:
0415314453
Format:
Nonspecific Binding
Pub. Date:
5/19/2005
Publisher(s):
RoutledgeFalmer
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Summary

Written specifically for literature students, this book covers every stage of the essay-writing process, including choosing a topic; preliminary research; using reference books and online resources; critical thinking; sensible note-taking; arguing a case; making an essay plan; using spell check; presentation; dealing with dyslexia and writer's block; translation. While the book deals with the technicalities of style, structure, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and spelling, the major emphasis is on the art and craft of writing.

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

Preface x
1 Introduction
1(4)
2 Reading
5(22)
Texts and their contexts
5(13)
Critical reading
18(4)
Reading the critics
22(1)
Background reading
23(4)
3 Research
27(15)
Looking things up
27(1)
Dictionaries
28(2)
Biblical references
30(1)
Classical references
31(1)
Oral literature
32(1)
General knowledge
32(2)
Trusting the author
34(1)
Libraries and librarians
35(1)
Searching on-line
36(1)
Using Google
37(4)
Serendipity
41(1)
4 Essay topics
42(2)
Choosing your own topic
42(1)
Set topics and exam questions
42(1)
The desert island essay
43(1)
5 Structure
44(3)
Notes and drafts
44(1)
Arguing a case
45(2)
6 Writing
47(28)
Style
47(4)
Words, plain and lacy
51(2)
Jargon and theory-speak
53(4)
Slips and solecisms
57(6)
Mixing your metaphors
63(2)
How to quote
65(2)
How not to give offence
67(3)
Titles
70(1)
Naming your author
71(1)
Making yourself clear
72(3)
7 Some common bad advice
75(3)
'Tell the examiners what they want to know'
75(1)
'Quote sparingly'
75(1)
'Never say I'
76(1)
'An essay should have a beginning, a middle and an end'
76(2)
8 Spelling, punctuation and grammar
78(37)
Spelling
78(4)
Dealing with dyslexia
82(2)
Punctuation and syntax
84(21)
Grammar
105(8)
Further reading
113(2)
9 Foreign languages and literature
115(26)
Languages without Mr Casaubon
115(3)
Real-life language learning
118(9)
Vocabulary and grammar
127(9)
The translator's craft
136(4)
Preparing for translation exams
140(1)
10 Referencing 141(9)
Due acknowledgement
141(1)
Footnotes and bibliographies
142(8)
11 Presentation 150(7)
Studying your academic reader
150(1)
All about layout
151(1)
Proof-reading
152(1)
Safety in cyberspace
153(1)
Holding it all together
154(1)
Handwriting in closed exams
155(2)
12 Will-power 157(3)
Notes 160(6)
Bibliography 166(2)
Index 168


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