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Literary Analysis & Reference

We don't study literature because it's fun ortobrag about the books we'veread. We study literature to experience the world from different perspectives, and to understand ourselves andeveryone elsemore deeply.

Literary analysis is an acquired skill. It isn't simply reading a book to relate the plot and names of the characters, though you need to be able to do that. Literary analysis involves looking beyond a story's obvious elements to the underlying meaning. This may require background information about the author, the time period in which the story takes place, the era in which it was written, etc. As a result, most literary analysis courses and aids deal with specific literary works, so methods of studying the text itself as well as the background information can be clearly demonstrated. Students are expected to learn howto applybasic methods to any work they encounter.

Another important aspect of literary analysis is the study ofa text's style and construction. An author'sstyle reveals alot abouthis ideas. Understanding what to look forresults inmore productive study and greater appreciationof literature. A lot of people shy away from "great books" because they haven't been trained to engage the often unfamiliar language; discussing technique and style is an effective way to remove this barrier.

There's a dearth of literary analysis materials for homeschoolers. There are plenty of reading guides and unit studies, but they don't normally focus specifically on analysis, instead trying to cover a variety of disciplines and topics. Others are more or less glorified reading programs, designed to get kids interested in good literature. If they have no way to analyze and process what they're reading, however, simply getting kids to read isn't very profitable.

A lot of literary analysis courses are set in the context of worldview—students identify the author's worldview as well as their own, thus turning the study of literature into a primarily practical pursuit. The really good programs teach students how to interpret literature and interact with texts, not simply to identify a given textas "good" or "bad," "Christian" or "non-christian".

The materials we offer aren't all curricula; many are simply books designed as study aids for the work of specific authors or types of literature. Some are fairly elaborate programs designed for use by high schoolers, and involve lots of reading and written work. Many people feel it's not necessary to study literature at such a level, but the truth is everyone can benefit from advanced literary study. Not only will it help you to think more clearly and analytically, it will open you to ways of thinking you have never experienced. Most of all, seriously pursuing literary study will bring you closer to the real goal of education—not merely knowledge, but the altogether more relevant goal of understanding.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

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British Literature - Student Edition (old)
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from Broadman & Holman
for 10th-12th grade
in Clearance: Language Arts (Location: ACL-LAN)
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by Leland Ryken
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
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by Adam Andrews
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for 10th-Adult
in Teaching the Classics (Location: B18-02A)
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by Adam Andrews
from Center for Literary Education
for 10th-Adult
in Teaching the Classics (Location: B18-02A)
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by Adam Andrews
from Center for Literary Education
for 3rd-9th grade
in Teaching the Classics (Location: B18-02A)
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by Adam Andrews
from Center for Literary Education
for 10th-Adult
in Teaching the Classics (Location: B18-02A)
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Critical Conditioning
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
for All grades
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Deep Comedy
by Peter Leithart
from Canon Press
for 10th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: B18-10A)
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by Leland Ryken
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: B18-10A)
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by Leland Ryken
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: B18-10A)
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Discarded Image
by C. S. Lewis
from Cambridge University
Medieval and Renaissance Lit Guide/Resource for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
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Annotated
by Dante (translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
from The World View Library
for 7th-12th grade
in Worldview Curriculum (Location: B12-04D)
$5.95 (1 in stock)
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by Richard Maybury
2nd edition from Bluestocking Press
for 9th-Adult
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by Richard Maybury
from Bluestocking Press
for 9th-Adult
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by Janice Campbell
3rd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 11th-12th grade
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by Janice Campbell
3rd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 11th-12th grade
in IEW Literature & Poetry (Location: B18-03B)
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by Janice Campbell
3rd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 11th-12th grade
in IEW Literature & Poetry (Location: B18-03B)
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by C. S. Lewis
Reissue from Cambridge University
Literature Guide/Resource for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
$13.99
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Imitation in Writing Series
by Matt Whitling
from Canon Press
Writing Curriculum for 5th-12th grade
in Teaching Poetry (Location: APO-04A)
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Imitation in Writing Series
by Matt Whitling
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by Matt Whitling
from Canon Press
for 6th-9th grade
in Teaching Poetry (Location: APO-04A)
Grammar of Poetry - Teacher Edition
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by Matt Whitling
2nd edition from Canon Press
Writing Curriculum for 5th-12th grade
in Teaching Poetry (Location: APO-04A)
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Great Conversation Volume I - Teacher Edition
by Dennis Woods
from Bright Rock Press
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: Language Arts (Location: ACL-LAN)
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by Leland Ryken
1st edition from Crossway Books
for 9th-12th grade
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: B18-10A)
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by Richard L. Pratt Jr.
from P&R Publishing
for Adult
in Bible Surveys (Location: C07-02E)
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by Leland Ryken
1st edition from Crossway Books
for 9th-12th grade
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: B18-10A)
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by Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren
from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: B18-10A)
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by Thomas C. Foster
1st edition from HarperCollins
for 10th-Adult
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for 10th-Adult
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for 11th-Adult
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by Anna Sofia Botkin, Elizabeth Botkin
from Western Conservatory of the Arts & Sciences
for 8th-Adult
in Clearance: Language Arts (Location: ACL-LAN)
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Landscape with Dragons
by Michael O'Brien
2nd edition from Ignatius Press
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: B18-10A)
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for 6th-Adult
in Clearance: Literature (Location: ACL-LIT)
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from Broadman & Holman
for Adult
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by Andrew Pudewa
2nd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 2nd-10th grade
in Teaching Poetry (Location: APO-04A)
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by Andrew Pudewa
2nd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 2nd-10th grade
in Teaching Poetry (Location: APO-04A)
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by Andrew Pudewa
2nd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 2nd-10th grade
in Teaching Poetry (Location: APO-04A)
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2nd edition from Ignatius Press
for 9th grade-Adult
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by Leland Ryken
1st edition from Crossway Books
for 9th-12th grade
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: B18-10A)
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by Peter Leithart
from Canon Press
for 9th-Adult
in British Literature Curriculum (Location: B18-13A)
$13.50
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by Matt Whitling
from Logos School
for 8th-12th grade
in Miscellaneous Literature Curriculum (Location: B18-05A)
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for 10th-Adult
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by C. S. Lewis
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for 9th-Adult
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by Margaret Drabble, ed.
from Oxford University
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: Literature (Location: ACL-LIT)
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by Margaret Drabble & Jenny Stringer
from Oxford University
for 9th-Adult
in British Literature Curriculum (Location: B18-13A)
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Annotated
by John Bunyan
from The World View Library
for 7th-12th grade
in Worldview Curriculum (Location: B12-04D)
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for 9th-Adult
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