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As a part of the Penguin Academics series, Inside Literature offers students a compact and portable volume with state-of-the-art scholarship, streamlined editorial apparatus, and an affordable price. Unlike bulky, expensive alternatives that indulge in process-oriented overkill, Inside Literature is designed for instructors who prefer to offer their students general strategies for approaching texts and generating things to say about them.

Inside Literature takes a pragmatic approach. In the introductory chapters, students learn how to apply strategies for reading and responding thoughtfully to the short stories, poems, plays, and essays that follow, grouped around six engaging themes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321438744
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Series: Pearson English Value Textbook Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1408
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

* indicate selections covered on

Alternate Contents by Genre

1. Crafting Arguments: Getting Started

Why Read and Argue about Literature?

Reading Critically: What to Look for in a Literary Text

“Wants,” by Grace Paley

Writing an Argument: Putting Critical Strategies to Work

2. Reading, Responding, and Writing

Reading and Responding to Literature

Short Fiction

Reading and Analyzing Fiction

Applying the Elements of Short Fiction



Point of View



Style, Imagery, and Symbolism

Insight: Graphic Works as Literary Texts


Reading and Analyzing Poems

Identifying Speaker, Listener, and Context: Lyric, Narrative, Dramatic Modes

Applying the Elements of Poetry

The Language of Poetry

Figures of Speech

Theme and Symbolism

Tone of Voice

Repetition: Sounds and Schemes

Meter and Rhythm

Form and Poetry

Insight: Popular Songs as Poetry


Applying the Elements of Drama







Insight: Drama into Film

The Essay

Types of Non-Fiction

Reading and Analyzing Essays

Applying the Elements of the Essay

Modes of Organization

The Voice of the Essay

The Personal Essay

The Journalistic Essay

The Review

The Critical Essay

Insight: Advertising and the Use of Persuasion

3. Writing and Arguing About Literature

Judging First Impressions

Finding a Topic and Thesis

Brainstorming, Peer Reviewing, and Conferencing

Drafting and Revising the Essay: The Importance of Style

Selecting a Strategy of Argumentation

Using the Three Appeals: Ethos, Pathos, Logos

Titling and Introducing an Argument

Discovering Arguments






Concluding an Argument

Explicating, Analyzing, Reviewing

Developing Arguments from Fiction

Developing Arguments from Poetry

Developing Arguments from Drama

Developing Arguments from Essays

Conducting Research

Supporting Your Argument

Quoting, Citing, and Avoiding Plagiarism

Assembling the Works Cited

Drafting and Revising the Essay: The Importance of Style

Sample Student Essay: Reality, Responsibility, and Reinvention in Sandra Cisneros’s “Woman Hollering Creek.”

Checklist: Writing about Literature


Who We Are: Personal and Communal Identities


from The Qur’an

The Story of Joseph

Kate Chopin

Desiree’s Baby*

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wallpaper*

Bobbie Ann Mason


Sandra Cisneros

Woman Hollering Creek

Louise Erdrich

The Red Convertible

Amy Tan

Two Kinds


William Blake

The Chimney Sweeper

Emily Dickinson

The Brain Is Wider than the Sky

Paul Laurence Dunbar

We Wear the Mask

Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken

Langston Hughes

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Countee Cullen

Yet Do I Marvel

Dudley Randall

Ballad of Birmingham

Gwendolyn Brooks

We Real Cool

Philip Larkin

This Be the Verse

Adrienne Rich

Aunt Jennifer's Tigers

Sylvia Plath


Mark Strand

The Tunnel

Lucille Clifton


Florence Cassen Mayers

All American Sestina

Gladys Cardiff


Sharon Olds

The One Girl at the Boys Party

Jim Hall

Maybe Dats Your Pwoblem Too

Timothy Murphy

Case Notes

Joy Harjo

She Had Some Horses

Julia Alvarez

Bilingual Sestina

Cathy Song

Stamp Collecting


Susan Glaspell


Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun*


Jonathan Swift

A Modest Proposal

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

How I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper

Jorge Luis Borges

Borges and I

Langston Hughes

The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain

Christopher Buckley

The College Essay

Harvey Pekar and R. Crumb

The Harvey Pekar Name Story (Graphic Work)

Where We Come From: Cultures and Places


Sarah Orne Jewett

A White Heron

William Faulkner

A Rose for Emily

Ernest Hemingway

Big Two-Hearted River

Chinua Achebe

Dead Men's Path

Toni Cade Bambara

The Lesson*


Emma Lazarus

The New Colossus

William Butler Yeats

The Lake Isle of Innisfree*

Robert Frost

Mending Wall*

Once by the Pacific

William Carlos Williams

Spring and All

Ezra Pound

The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter

Robinson Jeffers

The Purse Seine

Langston Hughes

The Weary Blues*

Seamus Heaney


Ted Kooser

Abandoned Farmhouse

Shirley Geok_Lin Lim

Pantoun for Chinese Women

Judith Ortiz Cofer

The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica

Robert Morgan

Mountain Bride

Leon Stokesbury

Day Begins at Governor's Square Mall

Amy Uyematsu

Lessons from Central America

Suji Kwock Kim



August Wilson

The Piano Lesson


Henry David Thoreau

Why I Went to the Woods

Pauline Kael

Review of The Godfather

John Edgar Wideman

The Killing of Black Boys

Marjane Satrapi

from Persepolis (Graphic Work)

What We Believe: Language, Values, Wisdom


Nathanel Hawthorne

Young Goodman Brown*

Ralph Ellison

A Party Down at the Square

Ray Bradbury

The Veldt

John Updike

A & P

Raymond Carver



John Donne

Holy Sonnet 10

Holy Sonnet 14*

George Herbert

Love (III)

Percy Bysshe Shelley


Robert Browning

My Last Duchess*

Christina Rossetti


William Butler Yeats

Leda and the Swan

Wilfred Owen

Dulce et Decorum Est*

e. e. cummings

pity this busy monster, manunkind

Stevie Smith

Our Bog IsDood

William Stafford

Traveling through the Dark

Gwendolyn Brooks

the mother*

Carolyn Kizer

The Ungrateful Garden

Maxine Kumin


James Merrill

Casual Wear

W. S. Merwin

The Last One

James Wright

Saint Judas

Mary Oliver

The Black Walnut Tree

Marge Piercy

What's That Smell in the Kitchen?

Yusef Komunyakaa

Facing It

Julie Kane

Alan Doll Rap


William Shakespeare, Hamlet*



The Allegory of the Cave

George Orwell

Politics and the English Language

John F. Kennedy

Politics and the English Language

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Slavoj Zizek

Welcome to the Desert of the Real!

Robert Flynn

John Wayne Must Die

Hendrik Hertzberg

Bah Humbug

Jules Feiffer

Perfection (Graphic Work)

Where We Stand: The Individual and the Institution


Franz Kafka

A Hunger Artist

Shirley Jackson

The Lottery

Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried*

Daniel Orozco


Art Spiegelman

from Maus (Graphic Work)


William Blake


Walt Whitman

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

Emily Dickinson

The Soul Selects Her Own Society

Thomas Hardy

The Ruined Maid

A. E. Housman

Eight O'Clock

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Richard Cory*

Claude McKay

If We Must Die

Countee Cullen


W. H. Auden

The Unknown Citizen

Theodore Roethke


Elizabeth Bishop

The Fish

Henry Reed

Naming of Parts

Donald Justice

Counting the Mad

Adrienne Rich


Miller Williams

The Book

Linda Pastan


Seamus Heaney


Billy Collins

The Names*

Sarah Cortez

Tu Negrito

Mary Jo Salter

Welcome to Hiroshima*






The Apology of Socrates

Henry David Thoreau

Civil Disobedience

George Orwell

Shooting an Elephant

Naomi Woolf

from The Beauty Myth

How We Care: Sex, Love, and Hate


James Joyce


Zora Neale Hurston


John Steinbeck

The Chrysanthemums*

John Cheever


Alice Walker

Everyday Use*


Michael Drayton

Idea: Sonnet 61

William Shakespeare

Sonnet 18*

Sonnet 20

Sonnet 130* (Graphic Work)

John Donne

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

Andrew Marvell

To His Coy Mistress

John Keats

La Belle Dame sans Merci

Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnets from the Portuguese, 18

Robert Browning

Porphyria's Lover

Thomas Hardy

Neutral Tones

William Butler Yeats

The Song of Wandering Aengus

Edwin Arlington Robinson


Robert Frost

Home Burial

T. S. Eliot

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Love Is Not All*

Theodore Roethke

My Papa's Waltz

Elizabeth Bishop

One Art*

Robert Hayden

Those Winter Sundays

Alan Dugan

Love Song: I and Thou

Margaret Atwood

Siren Song

Diane Lockward

My Husband Discovers Poetry


Henrik Ibsen

A Doll House

David Ives

Sure Thing


Edgar Allan Poe

The Philosophy of Composition

David Mamet

Girl Copy

Judy Brady

I Want a Wife

Where We Are Going: Time, Aging, and Death


Leo Tolstoy

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Stephen Crane

The Open Boat

Jorge Luis Borges

The Secret Miracle

Flannery O'Connor

A Good Man Is Hard to Find*

J. G. Ballard

Time of Passage

Joyce Carol Oates

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?*

Margaret Atwood

Happy Endings


William Shakespeare

Sonnet 73*

John Keats

Bright Star*

Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Walt Whitman

Song of Myself, 6

Matthew Arnold

Dover Beach

Emily Dickinson

Because I Could Not Stop for Death*

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Spring and Fall: To a Young Child

A. E. Housman

Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now

Wallace Stevens

The Emperor of Ice Cream

William Carlos Williams

The Last Words of My English Grandmother

W. H. Auden

As I Walked Out One Evening

Dylan Thomas

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

Richard Wilbur

Year's End

Philip Larkin

Next, Please

W. S. Merwin

For the Anniversary of My Death

Thom Gunn


Rhina Espaillat


Sylvia Plath

Lady Lazarus*


She Didn't Even Wave

Dana Gioia

Planting a Sequoia


Terrence McNally

Andre’s Mother

John Millington Synge

Riders to the Sea


The Bible

From Ecclesiastes

Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane's Own Story

From Jessica Mitford

The Embalming of Mr. Jones

Jerome Groopman

Kirk: The Last Deal

Appendix: Using Critical Approaches in Crafting Arguments

Biographical Notes

Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines of Poems


Glossary of Critical Terms (inside back cover)

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