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Writing about Literature

ISBN-10: 0205230318
ISBN-13: 9780205230310
Edition: 13th 2012 (Revised)
Authors: Edgar V. Roberts
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Book details

Edition: 13th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 10/24/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

To the Instructor
Introduction
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
Alice Walker, Everyday Use
Reading and Responding in a Computer File or Notebook
Major Stages in Thinking and Writing About Literary Topics: Discovering Ideas, Preparing to Write, Making an Initial Draft of Your Essay, and Completing the Essay
Discovering Ideas ("Brainstorming")
Box: Essays and Paragraphs-Foundation Stones of Writing
Preparing to Write
Box: The Need for the Actual Physical Process of Writing
Making an Initial Draft of Your Assignment
Box: The Need for a Sound Argument in Writing About Literature
Box: Referring to the Names of Authors
Box: The Use of Verb Tenses in the Discussion of Literary Works
Illustrative Paragraph
Commentary on the Paragraph
Illustrative Essay: Mrs. Johnson's Overly Self-Assured Daughter, Dee, in Walker's "Everyday Use"
Completing the Essay: Developing and Strengthening Your Essay Through Revision
Illustrative Student Essay (Revised and Improved Draft)
Illustrative Essay (Revised and Improved Draft): Mrs. Johnson's Overly Self-Assured Daughter, Dee, in Alice Walker's "Everyday Use"
Commentary on the Essay
Essay Commentaries
A Summary of Guidelines
Writing Topics About the Writing Process
A Short Guide to Using Quotations and Making References in Essays About
Literature
Writing Essays on Designated Literary Topics
Writing About Plot: The Development of Conflict and Tension in Literature
Plot: The Motivation and Causality of Literature
Determining the Conflicts in a Story, Drama, or Narrative Poem
Writing About the Plot of a Particular Work
Organize Your Essay About Plot
Illustrative Essay: The Plot of Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path"
Commentary on the Essay
Writing Topics About Plot
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
Box: Point of View and Opinions
Determining a Work's Point of View
Box: Point of View and Verb Tense
Summary: Guidelines for Point of View
Writing About Point of View
Illustrative Essay: Shirley Jackson's Dramatic Point of View in "The Lottery"
Commentary on the Essay
Writing Topics About Point of View
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 of Glaspell's "Trifles"
Commentary on the Essay
Writing Topics About Character
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 Prose Work, Drama,
or Longer Poem
Box: Number the Passage for Easy Reference
Illustrative Essay: A Close Reading of a Paragraph from Frank O'Connor's
Story "First Confession"
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
Writing Topics for a Close-Reading Essay
Writing About Structure: The Organization of Literature
Formal Categories of Structure
Formal and Actual Structure
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 73: That Time of Year Thou Mayst in Me Behold
Writing About Structure in Fiction, Poetry, and Drama
Organize Your Essay About Structure
Illustrative Essay: The Structure of Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path"
Commentary on the Essay
Writing Topics About Structure
Writing About Setting: The Background of Pace, Objects, and Culture in Literature
What Is Setting?
The Importance of Setting in Literature
Writing About Setting
Organize Your Essay About Setting
Illustrative Essay: Maupassant's Use of Setting in "The Necklace" to Show the Character of Mathilde
Commentary on the Essay
Writing Topics About Setting
Writing About an Idea or Theme: The Meaning and the "Message" in Literature
Ideas and Assertions
Ideas and Values
The Place of Ideas in Literature
How to Locate Ideas
Writing About a Major Idea in Literature
Organize Your Essay on a Major Idea or Theme
Illustrative Essay: The Idea of the Importance of Minor and "Trifling" Details in Susan Glaspell's Trifles
Commentary on the Essay
Special Topics for Studying and Discussing Ideas
Writing About Imagery The Literary Work's Link to the Senses
Responses and the Writer's Use of Detail
The Relationship of Imagery to Ideas and Attitudes
Types of Imagery
Writing About Imagery
Organize Your Essay About Imagery
Illustrative Essay: The Images of Masefield's "Cargoes"
Commentary on the Essay
Writing Topics About Imagery
Writing About Metaphor and Simile: A Source of Depth tand Range in Literature
Metaphors and Similes: The Major Figures of Speech
Characteristics of Metaphors and Similes
John Keats,On First Looking into Chapman's Homer
Box: Vehicle and Tenor
Writing About Metaphors and Similes
Organize Your Essay About Metaphors and Similes
Illustrative Essay: Shakespeare's Metaphors in "Sonnet 30:
When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought"
Commentary on the Essay
Writing Topics About Metaphors and Similes
Writing About Symbolism and Allegory : Keys to Extended Meaning
Symbolism and Meaning
Allegory
Fable, Parable, and Myth
Allusion in Symbolism and Allegory
Writing About Symbolism and Allegory
Organize Your Essay About Symbolism or Allegory
Illustrative Essay (Symbolism in a Poem): Symbolism in William Butler Yeats's
"The Second Coming"
Commentary on the Essay
Illustrative Essay (Allegory in a Story): The Allegory of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown"
Commentary on the Essay
Writing Topics About Symbolism and Allegory
Writing About T one : The Writer's Control over Attitudes and Feelings
Tone and Attitudes
Tone and Humor
Tone and Irony
Writing About Tone
Organize Your Essay about Tone
Illustrative Essay: Kate Chopin's Irony in "The Story of an Hour"
Commentary on the Essay
Writing Topics About Tone
Writing About Rhyme in Poetry: The Repetition of Identical Sounds to Emphasize Ideas
The Nature and Function of Rhyme
Writing About Rhyme
Organize Your Essay About Rhyme
Illustrative Essay: The Rhymes in Christina Rossetti's "Echo"
Commentary on the Essay
Writing Topics About Rhyme in Poetry
Writing About More General Literary Topics
Writing About a Literary Problem: Challenges to Overcome in Reading
Strategies for Developing an Essay About a Problem
Writing About a Problem
Organize Your Essay About a Problem
Illustrative Essay: The Problem of Robert Frost's Use of the Term
"Desert Places" in the Poem "Desert Places"
Commentary on the Essay
Writing Topics About Studying Problems in Literature
Writing Essays of Comparison -Contrast and Extended Comparison -Contrast: Learning by Seeing Literary Works Together
Guidelines for the Comparison-Contrast Essay
The Extended Comparison-Contrast Essay
Box: Citing References in a Longer Comparison-Contrast Essay
Writing a Comparison-Contrast Essay
Organize Your Comparison-Contrast Essay
Illustrative Essay (Comparing and Contrasting Two Works): The Views of War in Amy Lowell's "Patterns" and Wilfred Owen's "Anthem for
Doomed Youth"
Commentary on the Essay
Illustrative Essay (Extended Comparison-Contrast): Literary Treatments of the Tension Between Private and Public Life
Commentary on the Essay
Writing Topics About Comparison and Contrast
Writing About a Work in Its Historical, Intellectual , and Cult ural Context
History, Culture, and Multiculturalism
Literature in Its Time and Place
Writing About a Work in Its Historical and Cultural Context
Organize Your Essay About a Work and Its Context
Illustrative Essay: Langston Hughes's References to Black Servitude and Black Pride in "
Negro"
Commentary on the Essay
Writing Topics About Works in Their Historical, Intellectual, and Cultural Context
Writing a Review Essay: Developing Ideas and Evaluating Literary Works for Special or General Audiences
Writing a Review Essay
Organize Your Review Essay
First Illustrative Essay (A Review for General Readers): Nathaniel
Hawthorne's Story "Young Goodman Brown": A View of Mistaken
Zeal
Commentary on the Essay
Second Illustrative Essay (Designed for a Particular Group-Here, a
Religious Group): Religious Intolerance and Nathaniel Hawthorne's Story
"Young Goodman Brown"
Commentary on the Essay
Third Illustrative Essay (A Personal Review for a General Audience):
Security and Nathaniel Hawthorne's Story "Young Goodman Brown,"
Commentary on the Essay
Topics for Studying and Discussing the Writing of Reviews
Writing Examinations on Literature
Answer the Questions That Are Asked
Systematic Preparation
Two Basic Types of Questions About Literature
Writing and Documenting the Research Essay ; Using Extra Resources for Understanding
Selecting a Topic
Setting Up a Working Bibliography
Locating Sources
Box: Evaluating Sources
Box: Important Considerations About Computer-Aided Research
Taking Notes and Paraphrasing Material
Box: Plagiarism: An Embarrassing But Vital
Subject-and a Danger to Be Overcome
Classify Your Cards and Group Them Accordingly
Documenting Your Work
Organize Your Research Essay
Illustrative Research Essay: The Structure of Katherine Mansfield's
"Miss Brill"
Commentary on the Essay
Writing Topics for Research Essays
Appendixes
Critical Approaches Important in the Study of Literature
Moral / Intellectual
Topical/Historical
New Critical/Formalist
Structuralist
Feminist Criticism, Gender Studies, and Queer Theory
Economic Determinist/Marxist
Psychological/Psychoanalytic
Archetypal/Symbolic/Mythic
Deconstructionist
Reader-Response
MLA Recommendations for Documenting Sources
(Nonelectronic) Books, Articles, Poems, Letters, Reviews, Recordings,
Programs
The Citation of Electronic Sources
Works Used in the Text for Illustrative Essays and References
Stories Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour
A woman is shocked by news of her husband's death, but there is still a greater shock in
store for her.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown
Living in colonial Salem, Young Goodman Brown has a bewildering encounter that affects his outlook on life and his attitudes towards people.
Shirley Jackson, The Lottery
Why does the prize-winner of a community-sponsored lottery make the claim that the drawing was not fair?
Frank O'Connor, First Confession
Jackie as a young man recalls his mixed memories of the events surrounding his first
childhood experience with confession.
Mark Twain, Luck
A follower of a famous British general tells what really happened.
Eudora Welty, A Worn Path
Phoenix Jackson, a devoted grandmother, walks a well-worn path on a mission of great love.
Poems Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach
When you lose certainty, what remains for you?
William Blake, The Tyger
What mysterious force creates evil as well as good?
Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool
Just how cool are they, really? How successful are they going to be?
Robert Browning, My Last Duchess
An arrogant duke shows his dead wife's portrait to the envoy of the count.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan
What does Kubla Khan create to give himself the greatest joy?
John Donne, Holy Sonnet 10: Death Be Not Proud
How does eternal life put down death?
Robert Frost, Desert Places
What is more frightening than the emptiness of outer space?
Thomas Hardy, Channel Firing
What is loud enough to waken the dead, and then, what do the dead say about it?
Thomas Hardy, The Man He Killed
A combat soldier muses about the irony of battlefield conflict.
Langston Hughes, Negro
What are some of the outrages experienced throughout history by blacks?
John Keats, Bright Star
The speaker dedicates himself to constancy and steadfastness.
John Keats, On First Looking into Chapman's Homer
How can reading a translation be as exciting as discovering a new planet or a new ocean?
Irving Layton, Rhine Boat Trip
What terrible memory counterbalances the beauty of German castles, fields, and traditions?
Amy Lowell, Patterns
What does a woman think when she learns that her fianc� will never return from
overseas battle?
John Masefield, Cargoes
How do modern cargo ships differ from those of the past?
Wilfred Owen, Anthem for Doomed Youth
War forces poignant changes in normally peaceful ceremonies.
Christina Rossetti, Echo
A love from the distant past still lingers in memory.
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 30: When to the Sessions of Sweet
Silent Thought
The speaker remembers his past, judges his life , and finds great value in the present.
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 73: That Time of Year Thou May'st in Me Behold
Even though age is closing in, the speaker finds his reason for dedication to the past.
Walt Whitman, Reconciliation
In what way is the speaker reconciled to his former enemy?
William Wordsworth, Lines Written in Early Spring
The songs of woodland birds lead the speaker to moral thoughts.
William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming
What new and dangerous forces are being turned loose in our modern world?
NOTE-The following selections are referenced throughout Writing About Literature,
but do not physically appear in the text:
Guy de Maupassant, "The Necklace"
Edgar Allan Poe, "The Cask of Amontillado"
Katharine Mansfield, "Miss Brill"
Robert Browning, "My Last Duchess"
Susan Glaspell, Trifles
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
However, these selections are available in the eAnthology featured in
MyLiteratureLab (www.myliteraturelab.com), along with more than
additional literary works. Please refer to the inside front and back cover for a complete listing of available selections. For more information on
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A Glossary of Important Literary Terms
Credits
Index of Titles , Authors ,and First Lines of Poetry

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