The Tao of Reading: Two Lectures on Reading and Writing about What You Read

 


Lecture 1: How to Read as a Writer
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Lecture 2: Reading Texts and Writing Critical Papers
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Lecture Description

Critical Papers: Approaches to writing critical papers including the critical thesis and the fourth semester lecture. Topics covered: the difference between a critical paper and literary appreciation, book report and criticism; the textual basis of a good critical paper; focus on craft and technique; outlines; and what you should expect to get out of writing a good critical paper.

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Lecture

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Advice and Examples Culled from Letters to Students

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Sample critical work

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