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Download B6: Active and Mindful Engagement with Literature (Malouf) (224 KB)

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Download C9: How to Analyze a Short Story (Shehorn) (84 KB)

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Download C15: Language (Rodak & Storey) (764 KB)

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Download D19: Analyzing Poetry (Stephenson) (178 KB)

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This free custom textbook includes openly-licensed and public domain works for the University of Northern Iowa course ENGLISH 2120: Critical Writing about Literature. It introduces readers to the knowledge and skills necessary to critically read, interpret, and analyze literature. The editor--Dr. Erika L. Bass--chose these readings to orient readers to important concepts and literature genres, as well as develop writing skills. While these chapters were chosen from other OER textbooks, I took care in selecting the chapters that are relevant to course objectives and will help students transfer skills from one class to the next, regardless of major. -- Provided by the publisher

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