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The first three-genre introduction to literature text to address the changing canon, Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing, Sixth Edition, is now the first to include a comprehensive "Guide to Writing about Literature," with extensive coverage of critical thinking and argument. Placed at the beginning of the book, the guide provides readers with eight chapters of Kirszner & Mandell's celebrated writing coverage. These chapters help readers craft cogent literary arguments and understand that writing about literature is a process of discovering, examining, and debating ideas. Combining the broadest selection of literature available with time-proven and class-tested instruction, Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing, Sixth Edition, remains the most responsive introduction to literature text available.
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"The Kirszner/Mandell text seems more approachable because of the inclusion of things like graphic novels and music lyrics. This text also gives a more thorough explanation of the process of writing about literature."

"The book serves my purposes better than any other I've previewed. It includes modern and multicultural as well as canonized works; and focuses on understanding literature from a student perspective."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413019384
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/8/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 2208
  • Sales rank: 848,637
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie G. Kirszner is a best-selling author who is well known nationally. Kirszner, together with coauthor Stephen R. Mandell, has written best sellers for nearly every English market. They have the deepest publishing record of any literature anthology author team and have successfully published up and down the curriculum from developmental to literature.

Stephen R. Mandell is a best-selling author who is well known nationally. Mandell, together with coauthor Laurie G. Kirszner, has written best sellers for nearly every English market. They have the deepest publishing record of any literature anthology author team and have successfully published up and down the curriculum from developmental to literature.

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Table of Contents

1. Reading and Writing about Literature. Fiction. 2. Understanding Fiction. 3. Plot. 4. Character. 5. Setting. 6. Point of View. 7. Style, Tone, and Language. 8. Symbol and Allegory. 9. Theme. Fiction for Further Reading. Poetry. 10. Understanding Poetry. 11. Voice. 12. Word Choice, Word Order. 13. Imagery. 14. Figures of Speech. 15. Sound. 16. Form. 17. Symbol, Allegory, Allusion, Myth. Poetry for Further Reading. Drama. 18. Understanding Drama. 19. Plot. 20. Character. 21. Staging. 22. Theme.
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