And what rule should we stick to? So, make yourself comfortable and keep reading! Things, which were acceptable and correct many years ago, are considered to be outdated today. The rules of writing and formatting have also changed a lot. For example, book titles. You're not writing a review, where evaluation is appropriate; you're writing criticism which isn't necessarily critical, but analytic. The Mark On The Wall,'" which tells your readers about you instead of the text , you might write "'The Mark On The Wall' dispenses with the traditional beginning-climax-end story structure.
It's sometimes hard to resist the desire to rehash a novel's plot. However, remember, in academic writing it is assumed that your audience is familiar with the text. Make sure you're writing an argument, not simply a plot summary.
It's fine to make a point, such as "the first memoir seems rambling and aimless, while the second is tightly structured. Reminiscences', Woolf discusses her mother in several places, sometimes repeating herself, sometimes contradicting her previous statements. Don't read your own assumptions into the text, as in: "The speaker must be a man because women wouldn't act so insensitively. You may want to consider the following, which is by no means a complete description of either the elements of style or their definitions.
Not all of these will be appropriate for every discussion. But having thought about these elements, you should be able to draw conclusions create an argument, an interpretation about the overall significance of the text as you understand it.
Put them in quotes? This is one of those pesky questions that comes up all the time: Should I underline or italicize book titles in my writing?
And it comes up for good reason: You can look at several different books, newspapers or magazine articles and see it handled several different ways. So which one is right? Titles of full works like books or newspapers should be italicized. Titles of short works like poems, articles, short stories, or chapters should be put in quotation marks. Titles of books that form a larger body of work may be put in quotation marks if the name of the book series is italicized.
If you want to, you can emphasize whatever you want, however you want, but that could make your writing nearly unreadable. Consistency is also very important for emphasis, which is why businesses, institutions, and publications look to style guides.
Book titles are usually put in the same category as other big, standalone, or complete bodies of work like newspapers, symphonies, or publications. Style guides that prescribe the use of italics, such as The Chicago Manual of Style or the AMA Manual of Style, say that titles of such works should be put into italics when appearing in text.
You may want to consider the following, which is by no means a complete description of either the elements of style or their definitions.
Just pick one way and stick with it for consistency purposes for example, if you italicize the name of the book your character is reading on page one of your novel, make sure you italicize it on page , too. Quotation Marks Other style guides allow using double quotation marks for the title of the books. And it comes up for good reason: You can look at several different books, newspapers or magazine articles and see it handled several different ways. Or it might echo the introduction, underscoring the larger significance of your thesis now that we understand its complexity. An effective conclusion might answer the question "So what? Is Paradise Lost a poem?