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Conventions of Critical Analysis As you draft your paper, use this guide for getting right a number of smaller concerns regarding the conventions of literary analysis and many other forms of academic writing. This guide is by no means comprehensive, but contains many of the typical concerns. The Play’s the Thing Nothing damages a writer’s credibility more than not knowing what kind of text he or she is studying. Don’t say “in the novel the Taming of the Shrew” or even “the poem Richard III ,” even though Shakespeare uses a poetic line throughout. These are plays, and should be termed so if necessary. However, if you just say “In Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing… ,” knowledgeable readers will know it’s a play. What to Italicize The titles of books, magazines, newspapers, TV shows, movies, CDs, are always italicized. Titles of poems or short stories within books, songs from CD’s, articles from magazines or newspapers, are always placed in quotation marks. Thus The Merchant of
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