Responding to Literature and Writing about Literature readings
The process of education and studying at college is connected not only with joy and interest, but also with the writing of course works and essays. Among a great variety of works that students have to write, literature responding are the most popular. These are favorite works of the students, as they give the opportunity to demonstrate their own point of view. These works are free flow of mind, that s why they are very popular tasks of the teachers. Despite their simplicity from the one hand, they are not so easy to write. The writing of the responding to literature and literature reviews requires good skills and imagination. A lot of factors should be taken into account while writing. For instance, depending upon the type of literature, the student should choose the style of writing and the manner the student can present the work.
While writing the response paper to some pieces of literature, it is necessary to focus on several factors. Argumentation that is presented in the responding paper to some piece of literary should be structured in accordance with the paragraphs. Therefore, the fist thing that is necessary to account is the structure of the essay. Narration paragraphs may be used in order to reproduce the plot of the novel or the poem; as for the classification paragraphs, they should become helpful for writing synopsis of the characters, and, finally, description paragraphs can be helpful to reproduce the intricacies of any other subject of the interest. One should take into account that response to the literary work must not contain only the description of the plot. Personal thoughts and opinion are more interesting in this case. Situate the subject of the work and point out the main thesis of the work as well as style of the whole novel. It is very helpful to relay the piece of literature to the wider historical context from which it is taken in order to reproduce its significance within the literary culture. According to Abricon and Klotz (32), for the successful writing of response to literature, it is useful to estimate the development of a character and style. The next step that is necessary to take is to recognize literary devices used in the literary work, identify the psychological processes, and connect them with the conceptual aspect of the whole piece of literature.
Demonstrating the personal viewpoint, agreeing or disagreeing should be always provided by explanations, personal arguments and certain examples. Even though response to the literature works are based on opinion-making, all the arguments should be elaborated and justified. Finally, while writing conclusion to a response paper on a literary work, it needs coherence. It should include a short summary and restatement of all individual impressions that were written previously (Abricon and Klotz 35).
The next topic under discussion is writing about literature. This kind of writing the work is based on the personal impressions of the reader. There are two closely related targets of writing works about literature. The first purpose is to demonstrate the main idea of the literature and formulate the main problem of the work. The second aim is to express the point of view about the literature under discussion. As Klotz an Abricon state in their book (46), to perform a good writing about literature, one has to read the literature carefully and attentively. Having critical way of thinking is also very important as it can help to write a good paper and demonstrate understanding of the material. As in the case of the response writing, it is very important to stick to the strict plan of writing, including introductory part, description part and conclusion. Each part should contain relevant information and the thoughts and viewpoints should be supported by the examples. Defining the type of literature is very important as it presupposes the manner of presenting the paper, describing characters, making connections, and providing comparison and contrast of the characters or ideas. In practical terms, it is essential to have a general picture of the way of analysis performance before getting down to actually writing a certain section. The strategy that writers use as a method to start the literature review is proceeding from the common, wider view of the examination of the specific problem. This is not a standard formula but is a widespread model and may be worth using.
Abcarion, Richard and Marvin Klotz. Literature: Reading and Writing the HumanExperience. Boston: St. Martin’s, 2004