The Use of Critical Thinking Skills In Literary Analysis

Authors

  • Celia Esplugas,

    1. West Chester University
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      Celia Esplugas (Ph.D., University of Toledo) and Margarete Landwehr (Ph.D., Harvard University) are assistant professors at West Chester University in West Chester, PA.

  • Margarete Landwehr

    1. West Chester University
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      Celia Esplugas (Ph.D., University of Toledo) and Margarete Landwehr (Ph.D., Harvard University) are assistant professors at West Chester University in West Chester, PA.


Abstract

ABSTRACT  In this article, the authors argue that a successful class in literature should not merely confine itself to traditional classroom methodology in which students follow the teacher's cues. Instead, the instructor should enable the students to exercise their critical thinking skills in interpreting a text. By applying specific cognitive skills in a systematic manner when analyzing literary works, students learn not only to substantiate their interpretations through well-reasoned arguments but also to become aware of the reasoning process itself.

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