Reading and Writing about Literature A Portable Guide

ISBN-10: 1457606496

ISBN-13: 9781457606496

Edition: 3rd 2013

Authors: Janet E. Gardner

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Far less expensive than comparable guides,Reading and Writing about Literature: A Portable Guideis an ideal supplement for writing courses where literature anthologies and individual literary works that lack writing instruction are assigned. This brief guideintroduces strategies for reading literature, explains the writing process and common writing assignments for literature courses, provides instruction in writing about fiction, poetry, and drama, and includes coverage of writing a research paper and of literary criticism and theory. This volume in the popular Bedford/St. Martin's series of Portable Anthologies and Guides offers a trademark combination of high quality and great value.
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List price: $17.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 8/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Introduction to Reading and Writing About Literature
Why Read Literature?
Why Write about Literature?
What to Expect in a Literature Class
Literature and Enjoyment
The Role of Good Reading
The Value of Rereading
Critical Reading
The Myth of "Hidden Meaning"
Active Reading
"Because I could not stop for Death" (Annotated Poem)
Note Taking
Journal Keeping
Using Reference Materials
Asking Critical Questions of Literature
Questions about the Text
"On My First Son" (Annotated Poem)
Questions about the Author
Questions about the Cultural Context
Questions about the Reader
Checklist for Good Reading
The Writing Process
Choosing a Topic
Developing an Argument
The Thesis
Gathering Support for Your Thesis
Organizing Your Paper
Drafting the Paper
Introductions, Conclusions, and Transitions
Revising and Editing
Global Revision
Global Revision Checklist
Local Revision
Local Revision Checklist
Final Editing and Proofreading
Final Editing Checklist
Peer Editing and Workshops
Tips for Writing about Literature
Using Quotations Effectively
Adding to or Altering a Quotation
Omitting Words from a Quotation
Quotations within Quotations
Quotation Marks with Other Punctuation
Quoting from Stories
Quoting from Poems
Quoting from Plays
Manuscript Form
Common Writing Assignments
"A Boy's View of 'Girl'"
"Upon Julia's Clothes"
"Poetry in Motion: Herrick's 'Upon Julia's Clothes'"
"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
Sonnet 73
"To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time"
Midterm Essay
Writing about Stories
Elements of Fiction
Point of View
Stories for Analysis
"The Yellow Wallpaper"
"The Story of an Hour" (Annotated Story)
Questions on the Stories
Sample Paper: An Essay That Compares and Contrasts
Melanie Smith, "Good Husbands in Bad Marriages"
Writing About Poems
Elements of Poetry
The Speaker
The Listener
Sound and Sense
Two Poems for Analysis
"Sonnet 116" (Annotated Poem)
Questions on the Poem
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (Annotated Poem)
Questions on the Poem
Sample Paper: An Explication
"Shakespeare Defines Love"
Writing About Plays
Elements of Drama
Plot, Character, and Theme
Melody and Spectacle
How to Read a Play
Director's Questions for Play Analysis
Sample Paper: An Analysis
"Moral Ambiguity and Character Development in Trifles
Writing a Literary Research Paper
Finding Sources
Online Indexes
Interlibrary Loan
The Internet
Evaluating Sources
Working with Sources
Paraphrases and Summaries
Keeping Track of Your Sources
Writing the Paper
Refine Your Thesis
Organize Your Evidence
Start Your Draft
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
Queer Theory
Marxist Criticism
Cultural Studies
Postcolonial Criticism
Historical Criticism and New Historicism
Psychological Theories
Reader-Response Theories
Poststructuralism and Deconstruction
Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms
Index of Terms
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