This exciting anthology presents a fresh perspective on the role that literature plays in our lives, shaping our feelings, thoughts and cultures. IMAGINING WORLDS encourages a variety of personal and analytic responses to literature and literary non-fiction with its thematic focus and its wide range of genres, cultures, disciplines, and assignments. Two introductory chapters on reading, journal writing, and writing as processes of discovery are followed by chapters on the four genres of literature that fully explain and illustrate the process of writing about literature within the context of student casebooks. Six thematic chapters provide a rich collection of readings and engaging writing topics.
Part I: IMAGINING WORLDS: THE READING AND WRITING PROCESS.1. Keeping a Journal 2. From Reader's Journal to Finished Text Part II: READING AND WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE. 3. Reading and Writing about Stories Writing in Response to Fiction: A Student Casebook 4. Reading and Writing about Essays Writing in Response to Essays: A Student Casebook 5. Reading and Writing about Poetry Writing in Response to Poetry: A Student Casebook 6. Reading and Writing about Drama Writing in Response to Drama: A Student Casebook Part III: THEMES AND GENRES. 7. Creativity. Folk Tale "How Spider Obtained the Sky God's Stories" (African/Ashanti). Journals George Eliot, How I Came to Write Fiction from Diaries and Letters Virginia Woolf, from A Writer's Diary Jim Harrison, From the Dalva Notebooks: 1985-1987 Keith H. Basso, from Strong Songs Fiction Grace Paley, Conversation with My Father V. S. Naipual, B. Wordsworth John McCluskey, Lush Life Ann Beattie, Janus J. R. R. Tolkien, Leaf by Niggle (and more...)