A Contemporary Guide to Literary Terms is a brief, inexpensive, and accessible handbook of literary terms for a full range of courses, including introduction to literature, literature for composition, American literature, British literature, and Shakespeare. In clear, concise, and user-friendly language, the text highlights its entries with contemporary, multicultural examples. This edition features more terms and new entries for all periods of literary history.
I. Glossary II. Strategies for Writing Essays About Literature Introduction Background Narrative on "Mood and Images in Rita Dove's 'Silos'" Choosing a Subject Preparing to Write and Organizing Material Drafting and Revising the Essay Background Narrative on "Point of View and Irony in Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour'" Selection of a Topic Preliminary Work Starting the Essay: Organization Second Draft Final Touches Background Narrative on "The Cinderella Motif in Austen's Pride and Prejudice" Selecting and Narrowing Down a Subject Determining Credibility and Appropriateness of Secondary Sources Choosing Organization Strategies Refining the Introduction and Conclusion Background Narrative on "Excursion into Neverland: The Importance of the Edenic World in Peter and Wendy and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" Choosing a Subject Organizing the Comparative Essay Writing the Essay Background Narrative on "Love and Money in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility: A Comparison of Novel and Film" Choosing a Subject Comparing a Film Version and the Original Text Final Tips Advice for Essay Examinations Avoiding Plagiarism A Brief Guide to Documenting Sources Grammar, Punctuation, and Style Index of Authors and Works Index of Terms Acknowledgements