Upgrade Your English Essay

Overview

Designed for undergraduate English majors or any undergraduate working on an English essay, this book offers a carefully structured approach to improving essay writing. This short guide focuses on three key strategies for upgrading an English essay: answering the question and making a strong argument, analyzing language and examining literary technique, and discussing genre and considering context. All advice is supported by clear demonstrations that make use of the most commonly studied primary texts and ...

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Overview

Designed for undergraduate English majors or any undergraduate working on an English essay, this book offers a carefully structured approach to improving essay writing. This short guide focuses on three key strategies for upgrading an English essay: answering the question and making a strong argument, analyzing language and examining literary technique, and discussing genre and considering context. All advice is supported by clear demonstrations that make use of the most commonly studied primary texts and examples from student essays. Written in a lively, humorous, and student-friendly style, this volume will surely help students improve their English essay writing—and their grades.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340807910
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/3/2008
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Myers is Lecturer in English at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Introduction ix
Section 1 Essay writing
1 Answering the question 3
2 Constructing an argument 11
3 Making a coherent argument 19
4 Making a connected argument 23
5 Making a complex argument 29
6 Analysing a text 35
7 Structuring an essay 41
Section 2 Technical language
8 Analysing language 49
9 Analysing themes 55
10 Analysing grammar 61
11 Analysing rhetoric 67
12 Analysing structure 73
13 Analysing text and context 79
14 Analysing the structure of comedy 83
15 Analysing the reader's response 87
Section 3 Genre
16 Analysing different types of drama 95
17 Analysing tragic drama 99
18 Analysing comic drama 103
19 Analysing plays in performance 107
20 Analysing Shakespearean drama 111
21 Analysing the structure of poetry (Part 1) 117
22 Analysing the structure of poetry (Part 2) 123
23 Analysing poetic figuration 129
24 Analysing the meaning of a poem 135
25 Analysing different types of poetry 141
26 Analysing the structure of novels 145
27 Analysing point of view in novels 151
28 Analysing characterization in novels 157
29 Analysing different types of novel 163
30 Analysing gothic, historiographic and postcolonial novels 167
Index 171
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