Writing about Literature

ISBN-10: 0131540564
ISBN-13: 9780131540569
Edition: 11th 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Edgar V. Roberts
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Book details

List price: $88.80
Edition: 11th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 8/11/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

"Writing about Literature "serves as a hands-on guide for writing about literature, thus justifying the integration of literature and composition. The reading of literature encourages students to think, and the use of literary topics gives instructors a viable way to combine writing and literary study.

To the Instructor
Preliminary: The Process of Reading, Responding to, and Writing About Literature
What Is Literature, and Why Do We Study It?
Types of Literature: The Genres
Reading Literature and Responding to It Actively
The Necklace
Reading and Responding in a Notebook or Computer File
Writing Essays on Literary Topics
The Goal of Writing: To Show a Process of Thought
Three Major Stages in Thinking and Writing: Discovering Ideas, Making Initial Drafts, and Completing the Essay
Discovering Ideas ("Brainstorming")
Assembling Materials and Beginning to Write
Drafting Your Essay
Writing a First Draft
Developing an Outline
The Use of References and Quotations in Writing About Literature
Illustrative Essay (First Draft): How Setting in "The Necklace" Is Related to the Character of Mathilde
Developing and Strengthening Your Essay Through Revision
Checking Development and Organization
Using Exact, Comprehensive, and Forceful Language
Illustrative Essay (Revised Draft): How Maupassant Uses Setting in "The Necklace" to Show the Character of Mathilde
Commentary on the Essay
Essay Commentaries
Special Topics for Studying and Discussing the Writing Process
Writing About a Close Reading: Analyzing Entire Short Poems or Selected Short Passages from Fiction, Longer Poems, and Plays
The Purpose and Requirements of a Close-Reading Essay
The Location of the Passage in a Longer Work
Writing About the Close Reading of a Passage in a Prose Work, Drama, or Longer Poem
Illustrative Essay: Reading a Passage in Mark Twain's "Luck"
Commentary on the Essay
Writing an Essay on the Close Reading of a Poem
Illustrative Essay: A Close Reading of Thomas Hardy's "The Man He Killed"
Commentary on the Essay
Special Topics for Studying and Discussing the Close Reading of Literary Works
Writing About Character: The People in Literature
Character Traits
How Authors Disclose Character in Literature
Types of Characters: Round and Flat
Reality and Probability: Verisimilitude
Writing About Character
Illustrative Essay: The Character of Minnie Wright in Susan Glaspell's Trifles
Commentary on the Essay
Special Topics for Studying and Discussing Character
Writing About Point of View: The Position or Stance of the Work's Narrator or Speaker
An Exercise in Point of View: Reporting an Accident
Conditions That Affect Point of View
Determining a Work's Point of View
Mingling Points of View
Summary: Guidelines for Point of View
Writing About Point of View
Illustrative Essay: Bierce's Control of Point of View in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
Commentary on the Essay
Special Topics for Studying and Discussing Point of View
Writing About Plot and Structure: The Development and Organization of Narratives and Drama
Plot: The Motivation and Causation of Narratives and Plays
Writing About the Plot of a Story or Play
Illustrative Essay (on Plot): Conflicting Values in Thomas Hardy's "The Three Strangers"
Commentary on the Essay
Structure: The Organization of Fiction, Poetry, and Drama
Formal Categories of Structure
Formal and Actual Structure
Sonnet 73: That Time of Year Thou Mayst in Me Behold
Writing About Structure in Fiction, Poetry, and Drama
Illustrative Essay (on Structure): Conflict and Suspense in Thomas Hardy's "The Three Strangers"
Commentary on the Essay
Special Topics for Studying and Discussing Plot and Structure
Writing About Setting: The Background of Place, Objects, and Culture in Literature
What Is Setting?
The Importance of Setting in Literature
Writing About Setting
Illustrative Essay: Poe's Use of Interior Setting to Augment the Eeriness of "The Masque of the Red Death"
Commentary on the Essay
Special Topics for Studying and Discussing Setting
Writing About an Idea or a Theme: The Meanings and the Messages in Literature
Ideas and Assertions
Ideas and Values
The Place of Ideas in Literature
How to Find Ideas
Writing About a Major Idea in Literature
Illustrative Essay: The Idea of Love's Power in Chekhov's The Bear
Commentary on the Essay
Special Topics for Studying and Discussing Ideas
Writing About Symbolism and Allegory: Keys to Extended Meaning
Symbolism
Allegory
Fable, Parable, and Myth
Allusion in Symbolism and Allegory
Writing About Symbolism and Allegory
Illustrative Essay: Symbolism in William Butler Yeats's "The Second Coming"
Commentary on the Essay
Illustrative Essay: The Allegory of Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown"
Commentary on the Essay
Special Topics for Studying and Discussing Symbolism and Allegory
Writing About a Work in Its Historical, Intellectual, and Cultural Context
History, Culture, and Multiculturalism
Literature in Its Time and Place
Writing About a Work in Its Historical and Cultural Context
Illustrative Essay: Hughes's References to Black Servitude and Black Pride in "Negro"
Commentary on the Essay
Special Topics for Studying and Discussing Works in Their Historical, Intellectual, and Cultural Context
Writing Essays of Comparison-Contrast and Extended Comparison-Contrast: Learning by Seeing Literary Works Together
Guidelines for the Comparison-Contrast Method
The Extended Comparison-Contrast Essay
Writing a Comparison-Contrast Essay
Illustrative Essay (Comparing and Contrasting Two Works): The Implication of "Westward" in Wordsworth's "Stepping Westward" and Donne's "Good Friday, 1613, Riding Westward"
Commentary on the Essay
Illustrative Essay (Extended Comparison-Contrast): Literary Treatments of Conflicts Between Private and Public Life
Commentary on the Essay
Special Topics for Studying and Discussing Comparison and Contrast
Writing Examinations on Literature
Critical Approaches Important in the Study of Literature
MLA Recommendations for Documenting Electronic Sources
Works Used for References and Illustrative Essays
Stories
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
The Story of an Hour
Unfinished Masterpieces
The Three Strangers
Young Goodman Brown
Miss Brill
The Necklace [in Chapter 1]
First Confession
The Masque of the Red Death
Luck
Poems
Dover Beach
The Tyger
My Last Duchess
Good Friday, 1613, Riding Westward
Desert Places
The Road Not Taken
Channel Firing
The Man He Killed
Negro
Bright Star
Rhine Boat Trip
Patterns
Anthem for Doomed Youth
Ballad of Birmingham
Echo
Sonnet 30: When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought
Sonnet 73: That Time of Year Thou Mayst in Me Behold [in Chapter 5]
The Boxes
Stepping Westward
The Second Coming
Plays
The Bear
Trifles
A Glossary of Important Literary Terms
Acknowledgments
Index of Authors and Titles, Topics, Directors, Producers, and Chapter Titles

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