Literature for Composition: Essays, Fiction, Poetry, and Drama / Edition 8

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One of the first anthologies designed specifically for writing courses, Literature for Composition continues to offer superior coverage of reading, writing, and arguing about literature and a deep anthology of readings presented in Sylvan Barnet’s signature accessible style. Literature for Composition opens with several chapters that provide uniquely helpful strategies and models for reading, thinking, and writing critically about literature. The first text to link argument and literature, the eighth edition provides earlier discussions of arguing about literature as part of the writing process. A diverse anthology of selections is organized around seven engaging themes, and nine compelling case studies help launch research projects. The text's 200 images, a 4-color insert, and special chapters on visual literacy and literature on film add another appealing dimension to the study of literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321450968
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 1/5/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 1448
  • Sales rank: 1,177,209
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Table of Contents

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Pt. 1 Getting Started 1
Ch. 1 The Writer as Reader: Reading and Responding 3
Ch. 2 The Reader as Writer: Drafting and Writing 11
Ch. 3 Analytic Writing: An Overview 32
Ch. 4 Reading (and Writing about) Essays 69
Ch. 5 Reading (and Writing about) Fiction 108
Ch. 6 Reading (and Writing about) Drama 153
Ch. 7 Reading (and Writing about) Poetry 205
Pt. 2 A Thematic Anthology 245
Ch. 8 Strange Worlds 247
Ch. 9 Innocence and Experience 334
Ch. 10 Love and Hate 515
Ch. 11 American Dreams and Nightmares 649
Ch. 12 The Individual and Society 771
Ch. 13 Men, Women, God, and Gods 908
Appendix A: Research Papers 1049
Appendix B: Remarks about Manuscript Form 1068
Appendix C: A Glossary of Terms 1073
Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines of Poems 1091
Index of Terms 1097
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    I disagree with the first review. I used this textbook in college and it was not easy. I had to do a lot of studying. I guess it just depends upon the level where someone is at. As for me, it is definitely a good textbook for this college student.

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    Posted February 13, 2008

    This is for College Students??

    We have had this textbook thrust upon us by administration, and I have not spoken to a single instructor who likes this book at all. The organization is, to say the least, strange, and the student essays offered as examples are on a par with middle-school writing. I have been teaching English and Writing for over twenty years, and I have to say this is the least academic text I've ever had to use.

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