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Overview

Approaching Literature has been designed to give even reluctant students a comfortable way in to literature. The authors Peter Schakel and Jack Ridl set out to use contemporary literary works as entry points to canonical literature and to make the instruction in reading and writing welcoming and accessible to all students, not just potential English majors.  With its affordable price, its streamlined and student-friendly text and its commitment to showcasing the most engaging and diverse literary works publishing right now, all students will find something in Approaching Literature that allows them to experience meaningful immersion into the world of literature. Read the preface.
 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312640996
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 8/8/2011
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1440
  • Sales rank: 151,708
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Schakel is Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of English at Hope College. He is author of The Poetry of Jonathan Swift (1978) and four books on C.S. Lewis, including The Way into Narnia: A Reader’s Guide and Imagination and the Arts in C.S. Lewis. He is also editor of Critical Approaches to Teaching Swift and The Longing for a Form: Essays and Fiction on C.S. Lewis; coeditor with Charles A. Huttar of Word and Story in C.S. Lewis and The Rhetoric of Vision: Essays on Charles Williams. For Bedford/St. Martin’s, with Jack Ridl he co-edited 250 Poems, Approaching Poetry and he is coeditor with Janet Gardner, Beverley Lawn, and Jack Ridl of Literature: a Portable Anthology.
 
Jack Ridl is Professor Emeritus of English at Hope College where he taught courses in literature, essay writing, poetry writing, and the nature of poetry for thirty-five years. He has published six volumes of poetry and more than 200 poems in some fifty literary magazines; his most recent collection, Broken Symmetry, was selected by the Society of Midland Authors as one of the two best volumes of poetry published in 2006. His chapbook Against Elegies received the 2001 Letterpress Award from the Center for Book Arts. His recognitions for teaching excellence include the Hope Outstanding Professor-Educator award at Hope College for 1976, the Michigan Teacher of the Year award from the Carnegie Foundation in 1996, and the Favorite Faculty/Staff Member award at Hope College in 2003. For Bedford/St. Martin’s, with Peter Schakel he co-edited 250 Poems and Approaching Poetry; and he is coeditor with Janet Gardner, Beverley Lawn, and Peter Schakel of Literature: a Portable Anthology.

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Table of Contents

PART 1 Approaching LITERATURE
 
1  Reading Literature   
Taking Part in a Process
   SHERMAN ALEXIE, Superman and Me
The Nature of Reading
Active Reading
  JULIA ALVAREZ, Daughter of Intervention
 
2  Writing in Response to Literature   
Entering the Conversation
  ALICE WALKER, The Flowers
Writing in the Margins
Journal Writing
  TIPS for Effective Journal Writing
Writing Essay Examination Answers
*  Writing Short Papers, with a Student, Kortney DeVito, on Her Writing Process
* TIPS for Writing Literary Analysis Papers
*  TIPS for Writing Comparison-Contrast Papers
*  TIPS for Writing Social and Cultural Criticism Papers
*Sample Short Paper
   *Kortney DeVito’s Rough Draft
   *Kortney Devito’s Final Draft with her Notes: “The Death of Myop’s Childhood” 
  TIPS for Writing a Successful Short Paper
*A Closer Look at Handling Titles
*A Closer Look at Punctuating and Formatting Quotations
 
3  Writing a Literary Research Paper 
Entering the Larger Conversation
*The Research Process, with a Student, Kristina Martinez, on Her Writing Process
Finding Materials
Evaluating Sources
*Writing a Research Paper
*Revising, Proofreading, and Double-Checking
Sample Research Paper: The Structure of Story in Toni Morrison’s “Recitatif”
*A Closer Look at Avoiding Plagiarism
*A Closer Look at Preparing a Works Cited Page
*  TIPS for Handling Online Sources
 
PART 2 Approaching FICTION
 
4  Reading Fiction   
Responding to the Real World of Stories
What Is Fiction?
Why Read Fiction?
Active Reading: Fiction
Rereading: Fiction
 
5    Plot and Characters 
Watching What Happens, to Whom
  DAGOBERTO GILB, Love in L.A. 
Reading for Plot
Reading for Character
Further Reading
  LOUISE ERDRICH, The Red Convertible 
  FLANNERY O’CONNOR, A Good Man Is Hard to Find 
Approaching Graphic Fiction
  LYNDA BARRY, Today’s Demon: Magic 
Responding through Writing
 
6   Point of View and Theme
Being Alert to Angles, Open to Insights
  SANDRA CISNEROS, The House on Mango Street 
Reading for Point of View
Reading for Theme
Further Reading
  ALICE WALKER, Everyday Use 
  WILLIAM FAULKNER, A Rose for Emily 
  *MARJANE SATRAPI, The Cigarette from Persepolis
Responding through Writing
 
7   Setting and Symbol 
Meeting Meaning in Places and Objects
Reading for Setting
  ERNEST HEMINGWAY, Hills Like White Elephants
Reading for Symbols
Reading for Allegory
Further Reading
  TONI CADE BAMBARA, The Lesson 
  DAVID MEANS, The Secret Goldfish
  *RICHARD MCGUIRE, Here 
Responding through Writing
 
8  Tone, Style, and Irony 
Attending to Expression and Attitude
  KATE CHOPIN, The Story of an Hour 
Reading for Tone
Reading for Style
Reading for Irony
Further Reading
  JAMES JOYCE, Araby
  KATHERINE  MIN, Courting a Monk
  *ART SPIEGELMAN, from Maus 
Responding through Writing
 
9  Writing about Fiction   
*Applying What You’ve Learned, with a Student, Alicia Abood, on her Writing Process
Sample Short Paper 
 *Alicia Abood’s Rough Draft
   *Final Draft: “A Lost Identity: Taking a Deeper Look at Jake in ‘Love in L.A.’”
 
10  Sherman Alexie – An Author in Depth
“I’ve Always Had Crazy Dreams”
  SHERMAN ALEXIE, This is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona
  SHERMAN ALEXIE, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
  TOMSON HIGHWAY, Interview with Sherman Alexie
  ÅSE NYGREN, A World of Story-Smoke: A Conversation with Sherman Alexie
  JOSEPH L. COULOMBE, The Approximate Size of His Favorite Humor: Sherman
    Alexie’s Comic Connections and Disconnections in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in
    Heaven (criticism)
  JEROME DENUCCIO, Slow Dancing with Skeletons: Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and
    Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (criticism)
  JAMES COX, Muting White Noise: The Subversion of Popular Culture Narratives of Conquest in
    Sherman Alexie’s Fiction (criticism)
Responding through Writing
 
11  A Collection of Stories 
Investigating a Variety of Vistas
*Flash Fiction
  *ANN BEATTIE, Snow 
  *LYDIA DAVIS, What She Knew
  *DAVE EGGERS, Accident
  *RAY GONZÁLES, The Jalapeño Contest
  JAMAICA KINCAID, Girl
  *MICHAEL OPPENHEIMER, The Paring Knife
 
*Two Short Story Pairings
  JOHN STEINBECK, The Chrysanthemums
  *CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI, Clothes 
  NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, Young Goodman Brown
  *HA JIN, Saboteur 
 
Stories for Further Reading 
  ISABEL ALLENDE, And of Clay Are We Created
  JAMES BALDWIN, Sonny’s Blues
  RAYMOND CARVER, What We Talk about When We Talk about Love
 
• JUDITH ORTIZ COFER, Nada 
   RALPH ELLISON, Battle Royal
  GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ (COLUMBIA), A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings 
  *LANGSTON HUGHES,  Thank You Ma’am
  ZORA NEALE HURSTON, Sweat
  *BEL KAUFMAN, Sunday in the Park
  *YIYUN LI, The Princess of Nebraska
   TONI MORRISON, Recitatif
  *BHARATI MUKHERJEE, The Management of Grief 
  HARUKI MURAKAMI (JAPAN), Birthday Girl 
  JOYCE CAROL OATES, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
  TIM O’BRIEN, The Things they Carried
  TILLIE OLSEN, I Stand Here Ironing
  *Z Z PACKER, Brownies 
   EDGAR ALLAN POE, The Cask of Amontillado 
  KATHERINE ANNE PORTER, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
   LESLIE MARMON SILKO, The Man to Send Rain Clouds
   AMY TAN, Two Kinds
  JOHN UPDIKE, A & P
  HELENA MARÍA VIRAMONTES, The Moths
 
PART 3 Approaching POETRY
 
12   Reading Poetry   
Realizing the Richness in Poems
What Is Poetry?
Why Read Poetry?
Active Reading: Poetry
Rereading: Poetry
 
13   Words and Images   
Seizing on Sense and Sight
Reading for Denotation
  ROBERT HAYDEN, Those Winter Sundays
Reading for Connotation
  GWENDOLYN BROOKS, The Bean Eaters
Reading for Images
  MAXINE KUMIN, The Sound of Night
  WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS, The Red Wheelbarrow
Further Reading
  *RICHARD JONES, OED
  *RON KOERTGE, Q and A
   ALLISON JOSEPH, On Being Told I Don’t Speak like a Black Person
   *NATASHA TRETHEWEY, History Lesson
   ANITA ENDREZZE, The Girl Who Loved the Sky
  *WENDELL BERRY, The Peace of Wild Things
  *CATHY SONG, Heaven 
Responding through Writing
 
14    Voice, Tone, and Sound
Hearing How Sense Is Said
Reading for Voice
  LI-YOUNG LEE, Eating Alone
  CHARLES BUKOWSKI, my old man
Reading a Dramatic Monologue
Reading for Tone
  THEODORE ROETHKE, My Papa’s Waltz
Reading for Irony
  MARGE PIERCY, Barbie Doll
Reading for Sound 
  TIPS for Reading Poems Aloud
  SEKOU SUNDIATA, Blink Your Eyes
Further Reading
  *GERALD STERN, The Dog
  *JANE KENYON, A Boy Goes into the World 
  *PAT MORA, La Migra
  WILFRED OWEN, Dulce et Decorum Est
   YOSEF KOMUNYAKAA, Facing It 
  ROBERT  BROWNING, My Last Duchess
Responding through Writing
 
15   Figurative Language
Wondering What This Has to Do with That
Reading for Simile
  *MARTÍN ESPADA, Latin Night at the Pawnshop
  LANGSTON HUGHES, Harlem
Reading for Metaphor
  DENNIS BRUTUS, Nightsong: City
Reading for Personification
  ANGELINA EMILY GRIMKÉ, A Winter Twilight
Reading for Metonymy and Synecdoche
  EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON, Richard Cory
Two Other Observations about Figures
   WILLIAM STAFFORD, Traveling through the Dark
Further Reading 
  *ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON, The Eagle
 *TED KOOSER, Student
   *EMILY DICKINSON, It sifts from leaden sieves
   MARY OLIVER, First Snow
   JUDITH ORTIZ COFER, Cold as Heaven
   JULIA ALVAREZ, How I Learned to Sweep
Responding through Writing
Writing about Figurative Language
Writing about Connections 
  TIPS for Writing about Figurative Language
Writing Research Papers
 
16  Rhythm and Meter
Feeling the Beat, the Flux, and the Flow
Reading for Rhythm
  E. E. CUMMINGS, Buffalo Bill’s
Reading for Meter
   PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR, We Wear the Mask
Further Reading
   LUCILLE CLIFTON, at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989
   LORNA DEE CERVANTES, Freeway 280
   *SEAMUS HEANEY, Mid Term Break 
   ROBERT FROST, The Road Not Taken
   GARY MIRANDA, Love Poem
   A. K. RAMANUJAN, Self-Portrait
   EMILY DICKINSON, I’m Nobody! Who are you?
   SYLVIA PLATH, Metaphors
   GEORGIA DOUGLAS JOHNSON, Wishes
Responding through Writing
 
17   Form and Type
Delighting in Design
Reading for Lines
  GWENDOLYN BROOKS, We Real Cool
Reading for Stanzas
  COUNTEE CULLEN, Incident
Reading Sonnets
English (or Shakespearean) Sonnet
  WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, That time of year thou mayst in me behold
Italian (or Petrarchan) Sonnet
  GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS, God’s Grandeur
Reading Free Verse
   LESLIE MARMON SILKO, Prayer to the Pacific
Reading for Internal Form
Further Reading
   JAMES WRIGHT, A Blessing
   JOY HARJO, She Had Some Horses
   WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS, The Lake Isle of Innisfree
   CLAUDE MCKAY, If we must die
   HELENE JOHNSON, Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem
   *E. E. CUMMINGS, next to of course god america i
   DAVID MURA, Grandfather-in-Law
   ELIZABETH BISHOP, Sestina
   JOHN YAU, Chinese Villanelle 
Responding through Writing
 
18  Writing about Poetry
Applying What You’ve Learned, with a Student, Sunkyo Hong, on His Writing Process
*  TIPS for Quoting Poetry 
*Sample Short Paper
  *Final Draft: “Experiencing ‘First Snow’”
 
19   A Poet in Personal Context – Judith Ortiz Cofer
     Two Worlds, One Vision
 *The Changeling (poem)
   *The Birthplace (poem)
   *On the Island I Have Seen (poem)
   *The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica (poem)
   *My Father in the Navy: A Childhood Memory (poem)
   *First Job: The Southern Sweets Sandwich Shop and Bakery (poem)
   *Silent Dancing (memoir)
   *And Are You a Latina Writer? (essay in interview form)
   *RAFAEL OCASIO, Speaking in Puerto Rican: An Interview with Judith Ortiz Cofer
   *MARILYN KALLET, The art of not forgetting: an interview with Judith Ortiz Cofer
   *LORRAINE M. LÓPEZ, Possibilities for Salsa Music in the Mainstream: An Interview with
   Judith Ortiz Cofer
   *BRIDGET KEVANE AND JUANITA HEREDIA, The Poetic Truth: An Interview with Judith
   Ortiz Cofer
*Responding Through Writing
 
20  A Collection of Poems 
Valuing a Variety of Vistas
 
   *A Dozen Very Short Poems
   *ANONYMOUS, Western Wind
   *MARGARET ATWOOD, you fit into me
   *LUCILLE CLIFTON, adam and eve 
   *COUNTEE CULLEN, For a Lady I know
   *LANCE HENSON, song in january
   *RANDALL JARRELL, The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
   *DENISE LEVERTOV, Leaving Forever
   *ARIANNE MOORE, Poetry
   *DOROTHY PARKER, Résumé
   *EZRA POUND, In a Station of the Metro
   *MARY RUEFLE, Barbarians
   *CARL SANDBURG, Fog
 
    A Variety of Poems for Further Reading
   AI, Why Can't I Leave You?
   AGHA SHAHID ALI, I Dream It Is Afternoon When I Return to Delhi
   ANONYMOUS, Sir Patrick Spens
 
   *A PAIRING OF POEMS 
   MARGARET ATWOOD, True Stories
   RICHARD GARCIA, Why I Left the Church
 
   W. H. AUDEN, Musée des Beaux Arts
   JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA, Family Ties
   JIM BARNES, Return to La Plata, Missouri
  *OLGA BOUMAS, Cinderella
   ELIZABETH BISHOP, In the Waiting Room
   WILLIAM BLAKE, The Chimney Sweeper
   EAVAN BOLAND, The Pomegranate
   ANNE BRADSTREET, To My Dear and Loving Husband
   STERLING A. BROWN, Riverbank Blues
   ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways
   *JO CARSON, I cannot remember all the times
   *TINA CHANG, Naming the Light
   *MARILYN CHIN, How I Got That Name
   *LUCILLE CLIFTON, homage to my hips
   SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, Kubla Khan
   *BILLY COLLINS, I Chop Some Parsley While Listening to Art Blakey’s Version of  “Three
   Blind Mice” 
   VICTOR HERNÁNDEZ CRUZ, Problems with Hurricanes
   TOI DERRICOTTE, A Note on My Son’s Face
   *TODD DAVIS, Accident
   EMILY DICKINSON, I heard a Fly buzz
   EMILY DICKINSON, Because I could not stop for death
   *CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI, Nargis’ Toilette
   *JOHN DONNE, Break of Day
   JOHN DONNE, Death, be not proud
   MARK DOTY, Tiara
   *RITA DOVE, Fifth Grade Autobiography
   CORNELIUS EADY, My Mother, If She Had Won Free Dance Lessons
   T. S. ELIOT, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
   *GRAY EMERSON, The Indexer in Love
   CAROLYN FORCHÉ, The Colonel
   *VIEVEE FRANCIS,  1864, A Pocket Full of Rye 
   ROBERT FROST, After Apple-Picking 
   *ROBERT FROST, Birches
 
  *A PAIRING OF POEMS
   *ROBERT FROST, Design
   DAVID HERNANDEZ, The Butterfly Effect
 
 *TESS GALLAGHER, The Hug
   ALLEN GINSBERG, A Supermarket in California
   NIKKI GIOVANNI, Nikka Rosa 
   *ARACELIS GIRMAY, Consider the Hands That Write This Letter
   *DIANE GLANCY, Emmigrant
   RAY GONZÁLEZ, Praise the Tortilla, Praise Menudo, Praise Chorizo
   KIMIKO HAHN, Mother’s Mother
   *THOMAS HARDY, The Man He Killed
   MICHAEL S. HARPER, Nightmare Begins Responsibility
   *TERRANCE HAYES, Talk
   SAMUEL HAZO, For Fawzi in Jerusalem
   GEORGE HERBERT, The Pulley
   ROBERT HERRICK, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
   *BOB HICOK, In the Loop
   *JANE HIRSHFIELD, To Drink
   *TONY HOAGLAND, History of Desire
   *LINDA HOGAN, Crow Law 
   GARRETT KAORU HONGO, Yellow Light 
 
 *A PAIRING OF POEMS
   A. E. HOUSMAN, To an Athlete Dying Young
   *QUINCY TROUPE, A Poem for “Magic” 
 
   LANGSTON HUGHES, The Negro Speaks of Rivers
   *HONOREE FANONNE JEFFERS, Unidentified Female Student, Former Slave 
   BEN JONSON, On My First Son
   A. VAN JORDAN, From
   JOHN KEATS, Ode on a Grecian Urn
   ETHERIDGE KNIGHT, Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal  Insane
   LI-YOUNG LEE, Visions and Interpretations
   *DENISE LEVERTOV, Talking to Grief
   PHILIP LEVINE, What Work Is
   *LARRY LEVIS, The Poem You Asked For
   AUDRE LORDE, Hanging Fire
   RICHARD LOVELACE, To Lucasta, Going to the Wars
   ROBERT LOWELL, Skunk Hour
   HEATHER McHUGH, What He Thought
   CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
   ANDREW MARVELL, To His Coy Mistress
   JOHN MILTON, When I consider how my light is spent
   MARIANNE MOORE, Poetry
   *THYLIAS MOSS, Rush Hour 
   *MARILYN NELSON, Minor Miracle
   LORINE NIEDECKER, My Life by Water
   NAOMI SHIHAB NYE, The Small Vases from Hebron
   *SHARON OLDS, I Go Back to May 1937
   SIMON ORTIZ, Speaking
   *LINDA PASTAN, love poem
   ROBERT PINSKY, Shirt
   SYLVIA PLATH, Daddy
   DUDLEY RANDALL, Ballad of Birmingham
  *HENRY REED, Naming of Parts
  *ADRIENNE RICH, Rape
  *JACK RIDL, First Cut
   ALBERTO RÍOS, Nani
   *LUIS RODRIGUEZ, Running to America
   WENDY ROSE, Loo-Wit
   WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
 
   *A PAIRING OF POEMS
   PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, Ozymandias
   *PETER BLUE CLOUD, Crazy Horse Monument
 
   CHARLES SIMIC, Classic Ballroom Dances
   *GARY SOTO, Moving Away 
   EDMUND SPENSER, One day I wrote her name upon the strand
   *WALLACE STEVENS, Anecdote of the Jar  
   MARK STRAND, Eating Poetry
   VIRGIL SUÁREZ, Tea Leaves, Caracoles, Coffee Beans
   *MAY SWENSON, The Sound of Death
   *ARTHUR SZE, The Shapes of Leaves
   *MARY TALLMOUNTAIN, Matmiya 
   ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON, Ulysses
   DYLAN THOMAS, Do not go gentle into that good night
   JEAN TOOMER, Face
  JAMES WELCH, Christmas Comes to Moccasin Flat
   *PATRICIA JABBEH WESLEY, There’s Nothing You can Do 
   ROBERTA HILL WHITEMAN, The White Land
   WALT WHITMAN, From Song of Myself
   RICHARD WILBUR, Love Calls Us to the Things of This World
   *NANCY WILLARD, Questions My Son Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Him 
  WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS, Spring and All
 
   *A PAIRING OF POEMS
   *WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, The world is too much with us 
   CHERYL SAVAGEAU, Bones—A City Poem
 
   WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS, The Second Coming
   AL YOUNG, A Dance for Ma Rainy
   RAY A. YOUNG BEAR, Green Threatening Clouds
   *PAUL ZIMMER, Zimmer’s Head Thudding against the Blackboard
 
PART 4  Approaching DRAMA
 
21  Reading Drama 
Participating in Serious Play
Active Reading: Drama
Rereading: Drama
 
22  Character, Conflict, and Dramatic Action 
  Thinking about Who Does What to Whom and Why
  KELLY STUART, The New New
Reading for Character
Reading for Dialogue
Reading for Conflict
Reading for Dramatic Action
Further Reading
   *EDUARDO MACHADO, Crossing the Border
Responding through Writing
 
23  Setting and Structure
   Examining Where, When, and How It Happens
Reading for Setting
   SUSAN GLASPELL, Trifles
Reading for Structure
Compression and Contrast
Further Reading
   *DON NIGRO, Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain
Responding through Writing
 
24   Writing about Drama 
   Applying What You’ve Learned, with a Student, Julian Hinson, on his Writing Process
  TIPS for Quoting Drama
Sample Short Paper: “Out with the Old, in with the New: the Spin on Contemporary Values in The
  New New”
 
25  August Wilson’s Fences – A Casebook   
  Wrestling with One Writer’s Work
  AUGUST WILSON, Fences
    “Some people build fences to keep people out... and other people build fences to keep people
    in. Rose wants to hold onto you all.”
   LLOYD RICHARDS, Fences: Director’s Introduction
   CLIVE BARNES, Fiery Fences: A Review (criticism)
   FRANK RICH, Family Ties in Wilson’s Fences: A Review (criticism)
   BONNIE LYONS, An Interview with August Wilson
   MILES MARSHALL LEWIS, Miles Marshall Lewis Talks with August Wilson
   MISSY DEHN KUBITSCHEK, August Wilson’s Gender Lesson (criticism)
   HARRY J. ELAM JR., August Wilson (criticism)
   SUSAN KOPRINCE, Baseball as History and Myth in August Wilson’s Fences  (criticism)
   Responding through Writing
 
26  A Collection of Plays   
   Viewing from a Variety of Vantage Points
 
*Four Ten-Minute Plays
   DAVID IVES, Sure Thing
  *MARK LAMBECK, Intervention
   *SUZAN LORI-PARKS, Father Comes Home from the Wars
   *JOYCE CAROL OATES, When I Was a Little Girl and My Mother Didn’t Want Me
 
*Two Pairings of Plays
   *EDWARD ALBEE, The Sandbox
   DAVID HENRY HWANG, As the Crow Flies
   *TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, This Property Is Condemned
   *MARCO RAMIREZ, I Am Not Batman
 
Four Classic Plays
The Impact of Genre and Theater
The Greek Theater
   SOPHOCLES, Antigone
Elizabethan Drama
   *WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Othello
Post-Elizabethan Theaters
Late 18th- and 19th-Century Plays
   HENRIK IBSEN, A Doll House
Twentieth-Century Theaters
   *LORRAINE HANSBERRY, A Raisin in the Sun
 
Biographical Sketches
Appendix on Scansion
   EMILY DICKINSON, I like to see it lap the miles
Reading Critical Essays
Approaching Critical Theory
Glossary of Literary Terms

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