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Literature An Introduction to Reading and Writing

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ISBN-10: 0131732781

ISBN-13: 9780131732780

Edition: 8th 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Edgar V. Roberts, Henry E. Jacobs

List price: $100.00
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How important is writing in your course? When Edgar Roberts taught literature and composition, a large part of his courses involved essay-writing assignments. He dedicated a substantial amount of his class time to explaining how students should prepare their writing assignments. He discovered that the more he described to his students what he wanted, and the more time he spent explaining things, the better the final essays turned out to be. There was a direct correlation between the way he made his assignments and the quality of student work he received. Professor Roberts started to hand out directions to his students, saving him valuable classroom and preparation time. Over the years, he tested each assignment in his own classes. To meet the needs of the literature and composition course, Professor Roberts seamlessly integrated writing-about-literature instruction with a comprehensive literature anthology. The result is the book you hold in your hands. Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing is founded on the principles of writing about literature. It is not an afterthought and it is not treated as a separate chapter or appendix; but rather, it is the carefully integrated philosophy of Professor Robertsrsquo; approach to teaching literature and composition. Also available in a briefer paperback version. Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing, Compact Third Edition (c) 2006 1648 pp. ISBN 0-13-153435-1
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Book details

List price: $100.00
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 2240
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 2.50" tall
Weight: 4.598

Introduction: Reading, Responding to, and Writing about Literature
What Is Literature, and Why do We Study It? Types of Literatures: The Genres
Reading Literature and Responding to It Actively
The Necklace
Reading and Responding in a Notebook or Computer File
Guidelines for Reading
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")
The Need to Present an Argument when Writing Essays about Literature
Assembling Materials and Beginning to Write
Drafting the Essay
Writing by Hand, Typewriter, or Word-Processor
Writing a First Draft
Using Verb Tenses in the Discussion of Literary Works
Developing an Outline
Using References and Quotations
Demonstrative Student Essay (First Draft): How Setting in "The Necklace" Is Related to the Character of Mathilde
Developing and Strengthening Essays through Revision
Checking Development and Organization
Using Exact, Comprehensive, and Forceful Language
Using the Names of Authors
Demonstrative Student Essay (Improved Draft): How Maupassant Uses Setting in "The Necklace" to Show the Character of Mathilde
Easy Commentaries
Specials Topics for Writing and Argument about the Writing Process
Reading and Writing about Fiction
Fiction an Overview
Modern Fiction
The Short Story
Elements of Fiction I: Verisimilitude and DonnFe
Elements of Fiction II: Character, Plot, Structure, and Idea or Theme
Elements of Fiction III: The Writer's Tools
Stories for Study:Raymond Carver, Neighbors
Night Talkers
A Rose for Emily
The Things They Carried
Everyday Use
Plot: The Motivation and Causation of Fiction
Writing about the Plot of a Story
Illustrative Student Essay: Plot in Faulkner's"A Rose for Emily"
Special Topics for Writing and Argument about Plot in Fiction
Structure: The Organization of Stories
The Structure of Fiction
Formal Categories of Structure
Formal and Actual Structure
Stories for Study:Laurie Colwin, An Old-Fashioned Story
Battle Royal
Katherine Mansfield
A Worn Path
Blue Winds Dancing
Writing about Structure in a Story
Illustrative Student Essay: The Structure of Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path."
Special Topics for Writing and Argument about Plot and Structure
Characters: The People in Fiction
Character Traits
How Authors Disclose Character in Literature
Types of Characters: Round and Flat
Reality and Probability: Verisimilitude
Stories for Study:Willa Cather, Paul's Case
Barn Burning
A Jury of Her Peers
Shopping
Two Kinds
Writing about Character
Illustrative Student Essay: The Character of the Mother in Amy Tan's "Two Kinds"
Special Topics for Writing and Argument about Character
Point of View: The Position or Stance of the Narrator or Speaker
An Exercise in Point of View: Reporting an Accident
Conditions That Affect Point of View and Opinions
Determining a Work's Point of View
Mingling Points of View
Point of View and Verb Tense
Summary: Guidelines for Point of View
Stories for Study:Alice Adams The Last Lovely City
An Occurrence at OwlCreekBridge
The Song