How to Comment a Literary Text

2 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2015 Last revised: 6 Jul 2017

Date Written: September 18, 2015


This is a concise practical set of guidelines on the commentary of literary texts, aimed at undergraduate students of literature. It addresses a number of different aspects in the text and the student's interaction with it: reading, authorship, theme, rhetoric and style, enunciation and address, genre and intertextuality, matters of history and ideology, gender and representation, evaluation, writing style and referencing.

Keywords: Literature, Commentary, Writing guides, Criticism

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, How to Comment a Literary Text (September 18, 2015). Available at SSRN:

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005


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