Literary Analysis & Reference

We don't study literature because it's fun or to brag about the books we've read. We study literature to experience the world from different perspectives, and to understand ourselves and everyone else more 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 how to apply basic methods to any work they encounter.

Another important aspect of literary analysis is the study ofa text's style and construction. An author's style reveals a lot about his ideas. Understanding what to look for results in more productive study and greater appreciation of 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 text as "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
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Allegory of Love
by C. S. Lewis
from Cambridge University
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$24.99
Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare
by Isaac Asimov
from Avenel Books
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
Augustine's Confessions
by Leland Ryken
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
Brightest Heaven of Invention
by Peter Leithart
from Canon Press
for 10th-Adult
in Shakespeare Materials (Location: LIR-SHA)
$21.00 $13.00 (1 in stock)
Brush Up Your Shakespeare!
by Michael Macrone, illustrated by Tom Lulevitch
from Harper & Row
for 6th-Adult
in Shakespeare Materials (Location: LIR-SHA)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress
by Leland Ryken
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
Children's Literature
by Peter Hunt
from Oxford University
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Christian Guide to the Classics
by Leland Ryken
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
Christian Reading Companion for 50 Classics
by James Stobaugh
Reprint from Master Books
for 9th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$12.79 $8.00 (2 in stock)
Classics Club - Huckleberry Finn
by Adam Andrews
from Center for Literary Education
for 10th-Adult
in Teaching the Classics (Location: LITCUR-TTC)
$19.00
Compass for Deep Heaven
by Diana Pavlac Glyer and Julianne Johnson, editors
from Square Halo Books
for 9th-Adult
in The Inklings (Location: LIR-INK)
$24.95
Critical Conditioning
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
for All grades
in Design-A-Study (Location: HSR-DAS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Deep Comedy
by Peter Leithart
from Canon Press
for 10th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$15.00
Dickens's Great Expectations
by Leland Ryken
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
Discarded Image
by C. S. Lewis
from Cambridge University
Medieval and Renaissance Lit Guide/Resource for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$19.99
Don't Know Much About Mythology
by Kenneth C. Davis
from HarperCollins
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
English Literature in the 16th Century (OHEL)
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$39.99
Evaluating Books
by Richard Maybury
2nd edition from Bluestocking Press
for 9th-Adult
in Uncle Eric books (Location: ECON-ERIC)
$10.95
Excellence in Literature - American Literature
by Janice Campbell
3rd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 11th-12th grade
in IEW Literature & Poetry (Location: LITCUR-IEW)
Excellence in Literature - British Literature
by Janice Campbell
1st edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 11th-12th grade
in IEW Literature & Poetry (Location: LITCUR-IEW)
$20.00 (1 in stock)
Excellence in Literature - British Literature
by Janice Campbell
3rd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 11th-12th grade
in IEW Literature & Poetry (Location: LITCUR-IEW)
Excellence in Literature - World Literature
by Janice Campbell
3rd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 11th-12th grade
in IEW Literature & Poetry (Location: LITCUR-IEW)
$29.00 $20.00 (1 in stock)
Experiment in Criticism
by C. S. Lewis
Reissue from Cambridge University
Literature Guide/Resource for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$19.99
Fresh Takes on Teaching Literary Elements
by Jeffrey Wilhelm, Michael Smith
from Scholastic Reference
for 6th-12th grade
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$14.00 (1 in stock)
Grammar of Poetry - Set (old)
from Logos School
for 5th-12th grade
in Clearance: English & Language Arts (Location: ZCLE-LAN)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Great Code: The Bible and Literature
by Northrop Frye
from Academic Press Canada
for Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Great Conversation Volume I - Teacher Edition
by Dennis Woods
from Bright Rock Press
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: English & Language Arts (Location: ZCLE-LAN)
$16.00
Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
by Leland Ryken
1st edition from Crossway Books
for 9th-12th grade
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
He Gave Us Stories
by Richard L. Pratt Jr.
from P&R Publishing
for Adult
in Bible Surveys (Location: XBI-SURV)
$14.00 $9.00 (1 in stock)
Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War
by Joseph Loconte
from Tyndale House
for Adult
in The Inklings (Location: LIR-INK)
Homer's The Odyssey
by Leland Ryken
1st edition from Crossway Books
for 9th-12th grade
in Classical Literature Guides (Location: LIR-CLA)
How to Read a Book
by Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren
from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$19.99
How to Read Slowly
by James Sire
3rd edition from Shaw Books
for 10th-Adult
in Christians & Thought (Location: XAP-THO)
$12.00 $6.00 (5 in stock)
In the House of Tom Bombadil
by C. R. Wiley, Foreword by Bradley J. Birzer
from Canon Press
for 9th-Adult
in Lord of the Rings (Location: LIR-LOTR)
$16.95
Invitation to the Classics
by Louise Cowan & Os Guinness
from Baker Books
for 11th-Adult
in Recommended Book Lists (Location: LIR-REC)
Landscape with Dragons
by Michael O'Brien
2nd edition from Ignatius Press
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$17.95
Lewis Agonistes
by Louis Markos
from Broadman & Holman
for Adult
in The Inklings (Location: LIR-INK)
$19.99
Light from Behind the Sun
by Douglas Wilson
from Canon Press
for 9th-Adult
in The Inklings (Location: LIR-INK)
$14.95
Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization - Book Only
by Andrew Pudewa
from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 2nd-10th grade
in Clearance: English & Language Arts (Location: ZCLE-LAN)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization - Set
by Andrew Pudewa
2nd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 2nd-10th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$65.00
Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization - Student Pages
by Andrew Pudewa
2nd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 2nd-10th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$19.00 $13.00 (1 in stock)
Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization - Teacher Manual
by Andrew Pudewa
2nd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 2nd-10th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$29.00
Literary Lessons from The Lord of the Rings
for 8th-12th grade
in Miscellaneous Literature Curriculum (Location: LITCUR-MISC)
Literary Lessons from The Lord of the Rings - Textbook
2nd edition from TheHomeScholar
for 8th-12th grade
in Miscellaneous Literature Curriculum (Location: LITCUR-MISC)
Literary Terms Handbook
by Mirielle Clifford
for 9th-12th grade
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Lord of the Elves and Eldils
by Richard L. Purtill
2nd edition from Ignatius Press
for 9th grade-Adult
in Lord of the Rings (Location: LIR-LOTR)
Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion
from William Morrow & Company
for 11th-Adult
in Lord of the Rings (Location: LIR-LOTR)
$35.00
Making of The Wind in the Willows
by Peter Hunt
from University of Chicago
for Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
Meet the Authors and Illustrators -Volume Two
by Deborah Kovacs, James Preller
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Mere Christianity: Critical Analysis Journal
Critical Analysis Series
by Stacy Farrell
from Homeschool Adventure Books
for 7th-12th grade
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Milton's Paradise Lost
by Leland Ryken
1st edition from Crossway Books
for 9th-12th grade
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
Miniatures and Morals
by Peter Leithart
from Canon Press
for 9th-Adult
in British Literature Curriculum (Location: LITCUR-BRI)
$16.00
Monsters from the Id
from Spence Publishing Company
for Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
Naturalism: Worldviews in Literature
by Matt Whitling
from Logos School
for 8th-12th grade
in Miscellaneous Literature Curriculum (Location: LITCUR-MISC)
$20.00
Odyssey & Guide - 2 book set
by Homer
from Vintage Classics
for 10th-Adult
in Ancient Literature (Location: LIT1-ANC)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
On Stories
by C. S. Lewis
Reissue from HarperOne
for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$13.99
Oxford Concise Companion to English Literature
by Margaret Drabble & Jenny Stringer
from Oxford University
for 9th-Adult
in British Literature Curriculum (Location: LITCUR-BRI)
$12.00
Pilgrim's Progress - Study Guide
by Maureen L. Bradley
from P&R Publishing
for 9th-Adult
in British Literature Curriculum (Location: LITCUR-BRI)
$8.99
Poetry, Providence, and Patriotism
by Joel Burnell
from Pickwick Publications
for Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Preface to Paradise Lost
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$23.99
Read Well, Think Well
by Hal W. Lanse
from Adams Media Corp.
for Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Reading Between the Lines
by Gene Veith
from Crossway Books
for 10th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$12.79 $8.00 (3 in stock)
Reading Roadmaps
by Adam Andrews, Missy Andrews
from Center for Literary Education
in Teaching the Classics (Location: LITCUR-TTC)
$39.00 $27.00 (1 in stock)
Reading Strands
by Dave Marks
from National Writing Institute
for Kindergarten-12th grade
$8.00 (4 in stock)
Reading with Purpose
by Nancy Wilson
from Logos School
for 10th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$6.00
Ready Readers - Children's Literature Volume 1
by Missy Andrews
2nd edition from Center for Literary Education
for 1st-6th grade
in Teaching the Classics (Location: LITCUR-TTC)
$29.00
Ready Readers - Elementary Literature Volume 1
by Missy Andrews
2nd edition from Center for Literary Education
for 3rd-8th grade
in Teaching the Classics (Location: LITCUR-TTC)
$29.00 $19.00 (1 in stock)
Ready Readers - High School Literature
by Adam Andrews
from Center for Literary Education
for 9th-12th grade
in Teaching the Classics (Location: LITCUR-TTC)
$29.00
Ready Readers - Middle School Literature Volume 1
by Missy Andrews
from Center for Literary Education
for 6th-12th grade
in Teaching the Classics (Location: LITCUR-TTC)
$29.00
Ready Readers 1 (old)
by Missy Andrews
from Center for Literary Education
for 1st-6th grade
in Clearance: English & Language Arts (Location: ZCLE-LAN)
$19.00
Ready Readers 1 - Book Bundle
for 1st-3rd grade
in Teaching the Classics (Location: LITCUR-TTC)
Ready Readers Elementary Literature - Book Bundle
for 2nd-5th grade
in Teaching the Classics (Location: LITCUR-TTC)
Ready Readers Middle School - Book Bundle
for 6th-8th grade
in Teaching the Classics (Location: LITCUR-TTC)
Ready Readers: The Chronicles of Narnia
by Missy Andrews
from Center for Literary Education
for 6th-12th grade
in Teaching the Classics (Location: LITCUR-TTC)
$29.00
Realms of Gold
by Leland Ryken
from Wipf and Stock Publishers
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
Recovering the Lost Art of Reading
by Leland Ryken
from Crossway Books
for 11th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$17.59
Rhetoric of Fiction
by Wayne C. Booth
for 10th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Selected Literary Essays
by C. S. Lewis
from Cambridge University
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$18.95
Shakespeare After All
by Marjorie Garber
from Anchor Books
for 10th-Adult
in Shakespeare Materials (Location: LIR-SHA)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Shakespeare High School Literature Package
by William Shakespeare & Peter Leithart
from Canon Press
Drama for 9th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
Shakespeare in Three Steps: Taming of the Shrew
by William Shakespeare
from Simply Charlotte Mason
for 6th-12th grade
in Shakespeare Materials (Location: LIR-SHA)
Shakespeare the Christian I
by Ralph Smith
from Covenant Media Foundation
for 10th-Adult
in Shakespeare Materials (Location: LIR-SHA)
$35.00
Shakespeare's Hamlet
by Leland Ryken
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
in Shakespeare Materials (Location: LIR-SHA)
$4.79
Shakespeare's Macbeth
by Leland Ryken
1st edition from Crossway Books
for 9th-12th grade
in Shakespeare Materials (Location: LIR-SHA)
$4.79
Skills for Literary Analysis - Set
by James P. Stobaugh
from Master Books
for 7th-9th grade
in Master Books Literature (Location: LITCUR-MB)
Skills for Literary Analysis - Student Book
by James P. Stobaugh
from Master Books
for 7th-9th grade
in Master Books Literature (Location: LITCUR-MB)
Spenser's Images of Life
by C. S. Lewis
from Cambridge University
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$12.95
Steeped in Stories
by Mitali Perkins
from Broadleaf Books
for Adult
in Recommended Book Lists (Location: LIR-REC)
$24.99
Student's Guide to Classics
by Bruce S. Thornton
from Intercollegiate Studies Institute
for 9th-12th grade
$8.00
Student's Guide to Literature
by R.V. Young
from Intercollegiate Studies Institute
for 9th-12th grade
$8.00
Student's Guide to the Core Curriculum
by Mark C. Henrie
from Intercollegiate Studies Institute
for 9th-12th grade
$8.00
Tale of Two Cities (Cliffs Notes)
by Charles Dickens
from Cliffs Notes
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: English & Language Arts (Location: ZCLE-LAN)
$0.90 (1 in stock)
Teaching the Classics - Seminar Package
by Adam & Missy Andrews
2nd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Teaching the Classics (Location: LITCUR-TTC)
$99.00
Teaching the Classics - Seminar Workbook
by Adam & Missy Andrews
2nd edition from Center for Literary Education
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Teaching the Classics (Location: LITCUR-TTC)
$30.00
Teaching the Classics - Seminar Workbook (old)
by Adam & Missy Andrews
from Center for Literary Education
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Teaching the Classics (Location: LITCUR-TTC)
$12.00 (2 in stock)
Teaching the Classics - Set (old)
by Adam & Missy Andrews
from Center for Literary Education
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Teaching the Classics (Location: LITCUR-TTC)
$45.00 (1 in stock)
Teaching the Classics: Worldview Supplement - DVD Seminar (old)
by Adam & Missy Andrews
from Center for Literary Education
for 8th-Adult
in Clearance: English & Language Arts (Location: ZCLE-LAN)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Tending the Heart of Virtue
by Vigen Guroian
unknown from Oxford University
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$36.95
Twelve Trademarks of Great Literature
by J. F. Baldwin
from Worldview Academy
for 9th-12th grade
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$11.00 $7.50 (2 in stock)
Well-Educated Mind
by Susan Wise Bauer
2nd edition from W. W. Norton and Co.
for Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$35.00
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