Writing Essays about Literature

ISBN-10: 1133307299
ISBN-13: 9781133307297
Edition: 9th 2014
Authors: Kelley Griffith
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List price: $40.99
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Cengage Heinle
Publication date: 1/2/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Widely used in introductory literature courses, this book provides valuable guidelines for interpreting literature and writing essays. It includes a thorough discussion of the 3 main literary genres--fiction, drama, and poetry, an overview of literary theory, guidelines for writing essays, procedures for writing and documenting research essays, a selection of full-length works that illustrate key points, and student essays. This text provides valuable guidelines for interpreting literature and writing essays about literature.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Interpreting Literature
Strategics for Interpreting Literature
Why Do People Read Literature?
What Is Meaning?
The Language and Details of a Work
The Larger Parts of a Work
The Work and the World Outside the Work
What Is Interpretation?
How Do We Interpret?
Checklist for Interpreting Literature
Works Cited
What Is Literature?
Literature Is Language
Literature Is Fictional
Literature Is True
Literature Is Aesthetic
Literature Is Intertextual
Checklist for the Elements of Literature
Works Cited
Interpreting Fiction
The Elements of Fiction
Theme
Point of View
Plot
Characterization
Setting
Irony
Symbolism
Other Elements
Checklist for Interpreting Fiction
Works Cited
Interpreting Drama
The Nature of Drama
Performance
Reading
The Elements of Drama
Performance-Related Elements
Plot
Characterization
Setting
Theme
Irony
Subgenres
Checklist for Interpreting Drama
Works Cited
Interpreting Poetry
What Is Poetry?
A Mystical Definition
Definition by Elements
Sense in Poetry: Elements that Convey Meaning
Getting the Facts Straight (Reading a Poem for me First Time)
Diction
Syntax
Characterization, Point of View, Plot, and Setting
Imagery: Descriptive Language
Imagery: Figurative Language
Symbolism
The Sound of Poetry: Musical Elements
Rhythm
Word Sounds
Structure: Devices that Organize
Lines
Enjambment
Blank Verse
Stanza
Rhyme Scheme
Fixed and Nonce Forms
The Sonnet
The Ballad
Common Meter
The Haiku
Free Verse
The Villanelle
Sight: The Visual Qualities of Poetry
Visual Poetry
Modern Poetry
Checklist for Interpreting Poetry
Works Cited
Specialized Approaches to Interpreting Literature
Literary Criticism
Sites of Meaning
Literary Theory
Literary Theory before 1900
Literary Theory since 1900
Resources for Theory
The Work
Anglo-American Criticism
Structuralism
Archetypal Criticism: Another Kind of Structuralism
Poststructuralism
Suggestions for Applying Literary Theory and Criticism about the Work
The Author
Historical and Biographical Criticism
New Historicist Criticism
Suggestions for Applying Literary Theory and Criticism about the Author
The Reader
European Reader-Response Criticism
American Reader-Response Theory
Suggestions for Applying Literary Theory and Criticism about the Reader
All of Reality
Psychological Criticism
Marxist Criticism
Feminist and Gender Criticism
Ecocriticism
Suggestions for Applying Literary Theory and Criticism about All of Reality
Works Cited
Writing about Literature
Writing about Literature
How Can You Write about Literature?
The Essay
The Essay as Communication
Why Write about Literature?
What Are the Stages of the Writing Process?
Works Cited
Choosing Topics
Preliminary Steps
Be an Active Reader
Identify Your Audience
Raise Questions about the Work
Choose a Good Topic
Search Strategies
Use Topoi (Traditional Patterns of Thinking)
Respond to Comments by Critics
Draw from Your Own Knowledge
Talking and Writing Strategies
Study and Review with Others
Make Outlines
Freewrite
Brainstorm
Create Graphic Organizers
Make Notes
Keep a Journal
Sample Essay about Literature
Comments on the Essay
Checklist for Choosing Topics
Works Cited
Drafting the Essay
A Rough Outline
A Rough Draft
Parts of an Essay
Reasoning in Essays about Literature
Inductive Reasoning
Deductive Reasoning
Reasoning Well
Sound Inductive Reasoning
Sound Deductive Reasoning
Overusing "I"
Some Suggestions about Organization
Locating Your Thesis
Organizing Evidence
Organizing Comparisons
Checklist for Drafting Essays
Revising and Editing
Revise throughout the Writing Process
Revise for the Final Draft
Write a Clear and Readable Prose Style
Have Others Read and Respond to Your Draft
Edit and Publish tine Final Draft
Physical Format
Rules of Usage
Citation of Sources
Quotations
Other Rules of Usage Related to Essays about Literature
Sample Essay in Two Drafts
Early Draft
Comments on the Early Draft
Final Draft
Comments on the Final Draft
Checklist for Revising and Editing
Works Cited
Documentation and Research
Primary Sources
Secondary Sources
Facts
Testimony
Research Papers and the Use of Secondary Sources
Research Paper as Interpretation
Research Paper as an Essay
How to find Information and Opinions about Literature
Library Catalogs and Stacks
Library Reference Area
Background Information
Information about Primary Sources
Bibliographies
General Reference
Genres
Regions and Nations
Authors
Computer Databases Available through Purchase or Subscription
Library Periodicals Area
Information and Opinion on the Web
Evaluating the Quality of Websites
Giving Credit to Sources
Why Should You Give Credit?
When Should You Give Credit?
Where Should You Give Credit?
Correct Documentary Form
Guidelines for Parenthetical Citations
Guidelines for Using Endnotes and Footnotes
Guidelines and Form for the Works Cited List:
General Rules
Sample Entries for Nonperiodical Print Materials
Sample Entries for Web Publications
Sample Entries for Other Nonprint Sources
Frequently Used Abbreviations
Sample Research Paper
Comments on the Research Paper
Checklist for Documentation and Research
Taking Essay Tests
Objective versus Essay Tests
Performance on Tests
Guidelines for Taking Essay Tests
Sample Test Essays
Essay 1 (A Mediocre Essay)
Comments on Essay 1
Essay 2 (A Good Essay)
Comments on Essay 2
Essay 3 (An Excellent Essay)
Comments on Essay 3
Checklist for Taking Essay Tests
Sample Essays
Essay on a Poem
Essay on a Short Story
Essay on a Play
Essay on a Novel
Appendix
Poems
Edwin Arlington Robinson, Richard Cory (1897)
Robert Frost, The Death of the Hired Man (1914)
Short Stories
Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants (1927)
Mary Robison, Yours (1983)
Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado (1847)
Play
Susan Glaspell, Trifles (1916)
Glossary
Index of Critics, Authors, and Works
Index of Concepts and Terms

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