Writing about Literature with 2009 MLA Update A Portable Guide

ISBN-10: 0312607571
ISBN-13: 9780312607579
Edition: 2nd
Authors: Janet E. Gardner
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 6/19/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: Writing about Literature
The Role of Good Reading
The Value of Rereading
Critical Reading
The Myth of "Hidden Meaning"
Active Reading
Annotating
"Kubla Khan"
Notetaking
Journal Keeping
Using Reference Materials
Asking Critical Questions of Literature
Questions about the Text
"On My First Son"
Questions about the Author
Questions about the Cultural Context
Questions about the Reader
Tips for Good Reading
The Writing Process
Choosing a Topic
Developing an Argument
The Thesis
Gathering Support for Your Thesis
Organizing Your Paper
Drafting, Revising, and Editing
Drafting
Revising
Tips for Drafting, Revising and Editing
Final Editing and Proofreading
Final Editing Checklist
Peer Editing and Workshops
Trouble Spots
Introductions
Conclusions
Transitions
Tips for Writing about Literature
Using Quotations Effectively
Adding to or Altering a Quotation
Omitting Words from a Quotation
Quotations within Quotations
Quotations Marks with Other Punctuation
Quoting from Stories
Quoting from Poems
Quoting from Plays
Tips for Quoting
Manuscript Form
Common Writing Assignments
Summary
Explication
"Upon Julia's Clothes"
"Poetry in Motion: Herrick's 'Upon Julia's Clothes"
Analysis
"My Last Duchess"
"Possessed by the Need for Possession: Browning's 'My Last Duchess'"
Comparison and Contrast
"After Death"
"Speakers for the Dead: Narrators in 'My Last Duchess' and 'After Death'"
Essay Exams
Writing About Stories
Elements of Fiction
Plot
Characters
Point of View
Setting
Theme
Symbolism
Style
Stories for Analysis
"The Story of an Hour"
"The Yellow Wallpaper"
Questions on the Stories
Sample Paper: An Essay That Compares and Contrasts
"Good Husbands in Bad Marriages"
Writing About Poems
Elements of Poetry
The Speaker
The Listener
Imagery
Sound and Sense
A Poem for Analysis
"Sonnet 116"
Questions on the Poem
Sample Paper: An Explication
"Shakespeare Defines Love"
Writing About Plays
Elements of Drama
A Play for Analysis
"Trifles"
Questions about the Play
Sample Paper: An Analysis
"Moral Ambiguity and Character Development in Trifles"
Writing A Literary Research Paper
Finding Sources
Books
Periodicals
Online Indexes
Interlibrary Loan
The Internet
Evaluating Sources
Working with Sources
Quoting
Paraphrasing and Summarizing
Commenting
Keeping Track of Your Sources
Writing the Paper
Refine Your Thesis
Organize Your Evidence
Start Your Draft
Revise
Edit and Proofread
Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism
What to Document and What Not to Document
Documenting Sources: MLA Format
In-Text Citations
Preparing Your Works Cited List
Sample Research Paper
"Emily Dickinson's 'Because I could not stop for Death': Challenging Readers' Expectations"
Literary Criticism and Literary Theory
Formalism and New Criticism
Feminist and Gender Criticism
Marxist Criticism
Cultural Studies
Historical Criticism and New Historicism
Psychological Theories
Reader-Response Theories
Structuralism
Poststructuralism and Deconstruction
Index of Terms

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