Writing about the Humanities

ISBN-10: 0136151418

ISBN-13: 9780136151418

Edition: 3rd 2008

Authors: Robert DiYanni

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This brief, updated practical guide to writing papers in humanities courses provides readers and writers with guidance in analyzing and interpreting works of art, literature, and music.KEY TOPICSThe first half of the book covers general issues in writing about the humanities disciplines, including how to respond to, interpret, and evaluate different types of artworks. The second half focuses more specifically on writing in literature and the arts as well as the particulars of writing with, and documenting, sources.For individuals seeking strategies for reading in, and writing about, each of the humanities disciplines.
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List price: $53.40
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 12/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Robert DiYanni received a B.A. from Rutgers University in 1968 and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York in 1976. He has taught at Queens College of the City University of New York, New York University, Harvard University, and Pace University. He has written articles and reviews on various aspects of literature, composition, and pedagogy. He has written numerous books including The McGraw-Hill Book of Poetry, Women's Voices, Like Season'd Timber: New Essays on George Herbert, and Modern American Poets: Their Voices and Visions.

An Overview of the Writing Process
Making Lists
Asking Questions
Focused Freewriting
Summarizing and Analyzing
The Purpose of Drafting
Organizing Your Draft
Considering Purpose and Audience
Considering Tone
The Aural/Oral Dimension of Writing
An Approach to Writing About the Humanities
Responding to a Painting: Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night
Responding to a Poem: Anne Sexton's "Starry Night"
The Starry Night in Context
Responding to Walt Whitman's "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer"
Interpreting van Gogh's The Starry Night
Interpreting Whitman's "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer"
Interpreting a Song: Franz Schubert's "Erlking"
What Is Evaluation?
Changing Values
Considerations in Evaluation
Writing About Art and Architecture
Doing Comparative Analysis
Sample Student Essay About an Artist
Critical Thinking: Feminism and Painting
Sample Student Essay Using a Photograph
Critical Thinking: Photography and Truth
Student Essay on Sculpture
Critical Thinking: Art Forgeries
An Architectural Proposal
Student Essay on Architecture
Critical Thinking: Monuments
Writing About Music and Dance
Writing About Music Directly
Writing About Music Indirectly
Using Questions to Write About Music
Writing About a Musical Performance
Sample Student Essay About Music
Critical Thinking: The Popularity of the Beatles
Writing About Dance
Elements of Dance
Writing About Fiction and Poetry
Reading and Writing About Fiction
Reading Fiction
Writing About Fiction
Sample Student Essay on Fiction
Critical Thinking: The Popularity of the Novel
Reading and Writing About Poetry
Elements of Poetry
Sample Student Essay on Poetry
Critical Thinking: Does Poetry Matter?
Writing About Drama and Theater
Drama as Literature
Drama as Theater
Elements of Drama
Plot and Structure
Character and Conflict
Dialogue and Monologue
Setting and Staging
Thought and Theme
Writing About Drama
Double-Column Notebook
Sample Student Essay About Drama
Writing a Review of a Play
Critical Thinking: Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays?
Writing About Film
Film and the Other Arts
Reading a Film
Elements of Film
Photography (Shots)
Mise en Scene and Movement
Sound and Music
Documentary Films
Animated Films
Critical Thinking: Ancient Rome in Film
Writing About Film-The Film Review
An Example of a Film Review
Writing with Sources
The Research Assignment
Selecting a Topic
Working with an Assigned Topic
Using a Library to Conduct Research
Finding Books
Accessing Books Using the Library Catalog
Searching for Ernest Hemingway
Finding Periodical Articles
Using Interlibrary Loan
Using the Internet for Research
Gaining Access to the Internet
Browsing the Web
Some Dangers of Web-Based Research
Using Secondary Sources Wisely
Note Taking
Taking Efficient Notes
Summarizing and Paraphrasing Secondary Sources
Integrating Quotations
Writing the Paper
Sample Student Research Papers
Documenting Sources
In-Text Citations
Listing Sources at the End
Basic Format for Footnotes and Endnotes
Bibliography and Works Cited List
Writing Essay Examinations
Preparing for an Exam
Reviewing the Questions
Writing Your Answer
Additional Advice
Making Oral Presentations
Reducing Nervousness
Using Notes or a Prepared Text
Body Language: Posture and Gesture
Using a Rostrum or Lectern
Using Visuals
Making Team Presentations
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