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Far less expensive than comparable guides, Reading and Writing about Literature: A Portable Guide is an ideal supplement for writing courses where literature anthologies and individual literary works that lack writing instruction are assigned. This brief guide introduces strategies for reading literature, explains the writing process and common writing assignments for literature courses, provides instruction in writing about fiction, poetry, and drama, and includes coverage of writing a research paper and of literary criticism and theory. This volume in the popular Bedford/St. Martin's series of Portable Anthologies and Guides offers a trademark combination of high quality and great value.
*1. INTRODUCTION TO READING AND WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE
*Why Read Literature?
*Why Write about Literature?
*What to Expect in a Literature Class
*Literature and Enjoyment
2. THE ROLE OF GOOD READING
The Value of Rereading
The Myth of "Hidden Meaning"
*EMILY DICKINSON, "Because I could not stop for Death" (Annotated Poem)
Using Reference Materials,
Asking Critical Questions of Literature
Questions about the Text,
BEN JONSON, "On My First Son" (Annotated Poem)
Questions about the Author
Questions about the Cultural Context
Questions about the Reader
Checklist for Good Reading
3. THE WRITING PROCESS
Choosing a Topic
Developing an Argument
Gathering Support for Your Thesis
Organizing Your Paper
*Drafting the Paper
Introductions, Conclusions, and Transitions
Revising and Editing
*Global Revision Checklist
*Local Revision Checklist
Final Editing and Proofreading
Final Editing Checklist
Peer Editing and Workshops
Tips for Writing about Literature
Using Quotations Effectively
Adding to or Altering a Quotation
Omitting Words from a Quotation
Quotations within Quotations
Quotation Marks with Other Punctuation
Quoting from Stories
Quoting from Poems
Quoting from Plays
*Short Single-Speaker Passages
*Longer of More Complex Passages
Tips for Quoting
4. COMMON WRITING ASSIGNMENTS
*JAMAICA KINCAID, "Girl"
*TOM LYONS, "A Boy's View of 'Girl'"
ROBERT HERRICK, "Upon Julia's Clothes"
JESSICA BARNES, "Poetry in Motion: Herrick's 'Upon Julia's Clothes'"
ROBERT BROWNING, "My Last Duchess"
ADAM WALKER, "Possessed by the Need for Possession: Browning's 'My Last Duchess'"
Comparison and Contrast
CHRISTINA ROSSETTI, "After Death"
TODD BOWEN, "Speakers for the Dead: Narrators in 'My Last Duchess' and 'After Death'"
*WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Sonnet 73
*ROBERT HERRICK, "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time"
5. WRITING ABOUT STORIES
Elements of Fiction
Point of View
Stories for Analysis
KATE CHOPIN, "The Story of an Hour" (Annotated Story)
CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN, "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Questions on the Stories
Sample Paper: An Essay That Compares and Contrasts
MELANIE SMITH, "Good Husbands in Bad Marriages"
6. WRITING ABOUT POEMS
Elements of Poetry
Sound and Sense
*Assonance and Consonance
Two Poems for Analysis
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, "Sonnet 116" (Annotated Poem)
Questions on the Poem,
*T.S. ELIOT, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (Annotated Poem)
*Questions on the Poem
Sample Paper: An Explication
PATRICK MCCORKLE, "Shakespeare Defines Love"
7. WRITING ABOUT PLAYS
Elements of Drama
*Plot, Character, and Theme
*Melody and Spectacle
*How to Read a Play
*Director's Questions for Play Analysis
A Play for Analysis
SUSAN GLASPELL, Trifles
Questions about the Play
Sample Paper: An Analysis
SARAH JOHNSON, "Moral Ambiguity and Character Development in Trifles"
8. WRITING A LITERARY RESEARCH PAPER
Working with Sources
Paraphrasing and Summarizing
Keeping Track of Your Sources
Writing the Paper
Refining Your Thesis
Organizing Your Evidence
Starting Your Draft
Editing and Proofreading
Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism
What to Document and What Not to Document
Documenting Sources: MLA Format
Preparing Your Works Cited List
*General Guidelines on Preparing a Works Cited Page
Sample Research Paper
JARRAD S. NUNES, "Emily Dickinson's 'Because I could not stop for Death': Challenging Readers' Expectations"
9. LITERARY CRITICISM AND LITERARY THEORY
Formalism and New Criticism
Feminist and Gender Criticism
Historical Criticism and New Historicism
Poststructuralism and Deconstruction
Index of Terms
Posted January 13, 2014
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