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Annotated Literary Texts is a space where students and faculty can mark up literary texts with commentary.

This space is part of the Collaborative Writing Project.

You can add a text to this space by creating a child page of this home page. Alternatively, you may wish to create a child page as the jumping-off point for a group of related texts. See, for example, Passages from David Copperfield, a child of this page with its own children - each one a short passage from Dickens's novel.

To annotate a text, click the Edit tab of the page containing the text. Choose a word or short phrase from the text and put it within square brackets ([]). When you save the page, the word or phrase within the brackets will become a link. Click the link to create a new page containing your annotation.

Annotations can take many forms. For example, you can

  • provide interpretive commentary on a word or phrase.
  • explain a literary allusion.
  • explain a historical reference.
  • make a comparison with another passage within the work or a passage within another work.
  • link to resources on the web, including audio and video, that put the word or phrase in an interesting light.

This list is not exhaustive. If you think of other useful ways to annotate texts, by all means do so. There is only one restriction: your annotation must be a a genuine attempt to elucidate the text. Flippant or frivolous additions to this site will not be tolerated. If you make such an addition, it will be removed, and you may lose your privileges on the wiki.

In addition to adding fresh annotations, don't hesitate to improve the annotations made by others or to use the Add Comment feature in order to discuss an annotation.

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