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The English Critical Essay
by Linda Hutcheon and Nancy Kang


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The English critical essay is a coherent and logically developed presentation of a thesis, a position taken on a topic. This point of view must be supported with textual evidence and careful argument which aim to convince the reader of the importance and validity of that thesis.

What follows is a concise and practical aid to students.

  1. Steps in Writing an Essay
  2. The Structure of an Essay
  3. Checklist for Rewriting (and Proofreading)
  4. Documentation

© Linda Hutcheon, Ph.D., University of Toronto
HTML editor Dennis G. Jerz 
Last modified: April 8, 1997
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