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Portable Literature Reading, Reacting, Writing

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ISBN-10: 1111839042

ISBN-13: 9781111839048

Edition: 8th 2013

Authors: Laurie G. Kirszner, Stephen R. Mandell

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PORTABLE LITERATURE: READING, REACTING, WRITING, Eighth Edition, is the affordable, portable alternative to the full-length and compact versions of this popular introduction to literature text. This streamlined edition includes all of the essential classic and contemporary readings, along with brief introductions to the literary genres, useful study questions and prompts, and a down-to-earth, accessible guide to writing about literature.
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Book details

List price: $105.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.706
Language: English

Stephen R. Mandell is a best-selling author who is well known nationally. Mandell, together with coauthor Laurie G. Kirszner, has written best sellers for nearly every English market. They have the deepest publishing record of any literature anthology author team and have successfully published up and down the curriculum from developmental to literature.

A Guide to Writing About Literature
Reading and Writing about Literature
Reading Literature
CHECKLIST: Using Highlighting Symbols
MAYA ANGELOU, “My Arkansas“
Writing about Literature
Planning an Essay
Drafting an Essay
Revising and Editing an Essay
CHECKLIST: Using Sources
CHECKLIST: Conventions of Writing about Literature
Three Model Student Papers
Student Paper: “The Secret Lion“: Everything Changes
Student Paper: Digging for Memories
Student Paper: Desperate Measures: Acts of Defiance in “Trifles“
Writing Literary Arguments
Planning a Literary Argument
Choosing a Topic
Developing an Argumentative Thesis
CHECKLIST: Developing an Argumentative Thesis
Defining Your Terms
Considering Your Audience
Refuting Opposing Arguments
Using Evidence Effectively
Supporting Your Literary Argument
Establishing Credibility
Being Fair
Using Visuals as Evidence
Organizing a Literary Argument
Writing a Literary Argument
Student Paper: The Politics of “Everyday Use“
Student Paper: The Literary Merit of Video Games
Documenting Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
Avoiding Plagiarism
Document All Material That Requires Documentation
Enclose Borrowed Words in Quotation Marks
Do Not Imitate a Source's Syntax and Phrasing
Differentiate Your Words from Those of Your Source
CHECKLIST: Avoiding Unintentional Plagiarism
Documenting Sources
Parenthetical References in the Text
CHECKLIST: Guidelines for Punctuating Parenthetical References
The Works-Cited List
Content Notes
Understanding Fiction
Origins of Modern Fiction
The History of the Novel
The History of the Short Story
Defining the Short Story
ERNEST HEMINGWAY, “Hills Like White Elephants“
The Boundaries of Fiction
Fiction Sampler: The Short-Short Story
AMANDA HOLZER, “Love and Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape“
Writing Suggestions: The Short-Short Story
Fiction Sampler: Graphic Fiction
*LYND WARD, “The Girl“
*ART SPIEGELMAN, from “Maus“
MARJANE SATRAPI, from “Persepolis“
LYNDA BARRY, “Two Questions“
Writing Suggestions: Graphic Fiction
Stages of Plot
Order and Sequence
CHECKLIST: Writing about Plot
KATE CHOPIN, “The Story of an Hour“
*NEIL GAIMAN, “How to Talk to Girls at Parties“
WILLIAM FAULKNER, “A Rose for Emily“
Writing Suggestions: Plot
Dick Pothier and Thomas J
GIBBONS JR, “A Woman's Wintry Death Leads to a Long-Dead Friend“
Round and Flat Characters
Dynamic and Static Characters
CHECKLIST: Writing about Character
John Updike, “A&P“
*LAN SAMANTHA CHANG, “Hangzhou 1925“
Writing Suggestions: Character
Historical Setting
Geographical Setting
Physical Setting
CHECKLIST: Writing about Setting
KATE CHOPIN, “The Storm“
ALEXIE, “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona“
TILLIE OLSEN, “I Stand Here Ironing“
Writing Suggestions: Setting
Point of View
First-Person Narrators
Unreliable Narrators
Third-Person Narrators
Omniscient Narrators
Limited Omniscient Narrators
Objective Narrators
Selecting an Appropriate Point of View
CHECKLIST: Selecting an Appropriate Point of View: Review
CHECKLIST: Writing about Point of View
RICHARD WRIGHT, “Big Black Good Man“
EDGAR ALLAN POE, “The Cask of Amontillado“
EDWIDGE DANTICAT, “New York Day Women“
Writing Suggestions: Point of View
Style, Tone, and Language
Style and Tone
The Uses of Language
Formal and Informal Diction
Figures of Speech
CHECKLIST: Writing about Style, Tone, and Language
(MARY) FLANNERY O'CONNOR, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find“
TIM O'BRIEN, “The Things They Carried“
Writing Suggestions: Style, Tone, and Lang