Substance, Style, and Strategy

ISBN-10: 0195078373
ISBN-13: 9780195078374
Edition: 1998
Authors: Lee A. Jacobus
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Book details

List price: $65.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/12/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Substance, Style, and Strategy developed from the author teaching an Advanced Composition course at the University of Connecticut. Throughout William's teaching, he found that advanced writers required some basic reminders of elementary stylistic considerations -- such as problems with modifiers, minor punctuation issues, and strategies for revision. The first chapter, Developing a Personal Style, is designed to bring writers "up to speed" regarding basic writing skills. However, what he really craved was a sense that their writing could have substance and purpose. Consequently, the author has developed a program that helps students gain experience in varieties of writing that would be of use to them while in school, but also of use to them as they grow older. Personal writing is very important for developing a sense of self-understanding and for helping students assess their own experience in living. Writing biography is rooted in our natural curiousity about other people, great and small. Students who write about personal friends or relatives develop a fuller understanding of those people and a deeper appreciation for their own roots. The Argumentative Essay is designed to offer a simple, direct and effective means by which students can develop workable strategies for identifying and defending a position while also being fair to all sides of an argument. It is a non-technical but thorough introduction to how we argue in print. The Familiar Essay approaches the moments of reflection that help us make sense out of the details of ife experience. These are the types of essays that take stock of experience and that deepen our understanding of life. The Critical Essay is generally familiar territory for students and deals with the analytic strategies that permit us to gain deeper insight into the experience of literature and other arts. The strategies presented here are workable, direct, and useful. Finally, the Appendix: Materials for Research, treats the most useful basic research strategies for a modern writer. The print sources found in libraries are probably most useful to college students, but the new resources on-line, including the various available search engines and their most effiencent use, are central to this chapter. A number of unusual and important strategies for research show up in this chapter and guide students with example searches. The examples that appear in each chapter are illuminating and instructive primarily because they show students how to solve the problems that all writers confront. The result is that the book offers a thorough grounding in how to be a writer for life.

Preface
Developing a Personal Style
The Writing Process
Box: Ten Tips for a Vigorous Style
Box: Tips on Polishing Your Prose
Matters of Style
Style: Words and Sentences
Box: Three Considerations for Style
Box: General Rules that Sometimes Work for Word Choice
Box: Rules that Sometimes Work for Paragraphs
Developing Your Own Sense of Style
How Writers Work
The Course in Advanced Writing
Writing the Personal Essay
Maintaining a Journal or Diary
Box: Tips for Keeping a Journal
Sample Journal Entries
The PErsonal Essay
"Accommodations"
Bos: Ford's Opening Sentences
The Search for Significance
Let Your Story Unfold
Box: Tips for Writing a Personal Essay
Writing the Biographical Essay
Another Person's Life
What We Learn from Writing About People
"Kara S. Hultgreen: The Short Flight of a Fighter Pilor"
Following Personal Interests
Gathering Sources for a Biography
Box: General Biographical Resources
Judging Someone's Life
Strategies for Writing About Another Person
Suggestions for Interesting Essays About Another Person
Box: Tips That Sometimes Work for Writing About People
Writing the Argumentative Essay
What Is an Argument and Why Argue?
Three Appeals in Argument
Argument as Information
Box: Argument as Information
"Redfellas"
Argument as Inquiry
"Were Custer's Men Brave?"
Persuasion Through Argument
The Tone of an Argument
Box: Argumentative Tone
Argument as Debate
"Subject to Debate"
"Welfare Feminism"
Writing Argumentative Essays
Box: Nine Sources for Arguments
Box: Generally Reliable Suggestions for the Structure of an Argument
Box: Nestorian Order
Box: Tips that Sometimes Workfor Writing Argumentative Essays
Writing the Familiar Essay
Beginning from Personal Experience
Concrete Details
"North"
Analyzing an Abstraction
Box: Generally Reliable Tips for Dealing with Abstraction
Familiar Style
"My Wood"
Anonymous
"Coping with Anger"
Box: Generally Reliable Tips for Discovering Significance in Events
"Malls and the Gender Gap"
Box: Tips That Usually Help in Writing Familiar Essays
Writing the Critical Essay
What Is the Critical Essay?
Thinking Critically About Ideas
Analyzing an Essay: Francis Bacon's "Of Studies"
Thinking Critically About the Arts
Analyzing a Poem: William Wordsworth's "The Sonnet"
Box: Some Usually Reliable Questions for Evaluating a Sonnet
Analyzing Texts
Box: Some Generally Useful Tips for Analyzing Texts
"The Prince"
The Structure of the Critical Essay
Box: Tips Often Useful concerning the Structure of the Critical Essay
"The Laugher"
Appendix: Modern Research Methods
Where to Begin
Box: Basic Print Reference Sources
Box: Special Online Resources
Box: CD-ROM Online Databases
Box: Print Resources
Choosing an Interesting Research Subject
Conducting a Search of the Online Catalog
"Gun Control"
The Importance of Your Research
Formal Considerations
Box: Tips that May Help as a Guide to Quoting from Sources

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