Writing about Literature with 2009 MLA Update: A Portable Guide / Edition 2

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Click here to find out more about the 2009 MLA Updates and the 2010 APA Updates.
 
 
Writing about Literature 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 Bedford/St. Martin’s popular series of Portable Anthologies and Guides offers the series’ trademark combination of high quality and great value for teachers looking to assign supplementary instruction on reading and writing about literature to their students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312607579
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 6/19/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet E. Gardner, an associate professor of English at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, has published numerous essays on contemporary drama, especially modern British drama and the work of Caryl Churchill. She has received several grants and awards for research into current teaching technologies, and is at work on a nationwide study of drama and theatre pedagogy. She is the editor of 12 Plays: A Portable Anthology and co-editor of Literature: A Portable Anthology (both with Bedford/St. Martin’s).

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Writing about Literature

1. The Role of Good Reading

The Value of Rereading/ Critical Reading/ The Myth of "Hidden Meaning"

Active Reading

* Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Kubla Khan"

Annotating/ Notetaking/ Journal Keeping /Using Reference Materials

Asking Critical Questions of Literature

Ben Jonson, "On My First Son"

Questions about the Text/ Questions about the Author/ Questions about the Reader/ Questions about the Cultural Context

* Tips for Good Reading

2. The Writing Process

Choosing a Topic

Developing an Argument

*Deciding on a Thesis

Gathering Support for Your Thesis

* Organizing Your Paper

Drafting, Revising, and Editing

*Prewriting / Revising/ Global Revision/Local Revision / Final Editing and Proofreading

* Tips for Drafting, Revising, and Editing

Peer Editing and Workshops

Trouble Spots

Tips for Writing about Literature

Using Quotations Effectively

Adding 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

Tips for Quoting

Manuscript Form

3. Common Writing Assignments

Summary

Explication

* Robert Herrick, Upon Julia’s Clothes

* Sample Explication of ""Upon Julia’s Clothes"

Analysis

* Robert Browining, "My Last Duchess"

* Sample Analysis of "My Last Duchess"

Comparison and Contrast

* Christina Rosetti, "After Death"

* Sample Comparison of "My Last Duchess" and "After Death"

Essay Exams

4. Writing about Stories

Elements of Fiction

Characters/ Point of View / Setting /Theme/ Symbolism /Style

Two Stories for Analysis

Kate Chopin, "The Story of an Hour"

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper"

Sample Comparison-Contrast Paper

Melanie Smith, "Good Husbands and Bad Marriages"

5. Writing about Poems

Elements of Poetry

* The Speaker / The Listener / Imagery / Sound and Sense / Patterns of Sound / End-rhymes / Assonance and Consonance / Form /Meter / Stanzas /Lineation

A Poem for Analysis

William Shakespeare, "Let me not to the marriage of true minds"

Sample Explication Paper

Patrick McCorkle, "Shakespeare Defines Love"

6. Writing about Plays

Elements of Drama

A Play for Analysis

Susan Glaspell, Trifles

Sample Analysis Paper

Sarah Johnson, "Moral Ambiguity and Character Development in Trifles"

7. Writing a Literary Research Paper

Finding Sources

Books / Periodicals /Online Indexes / Abstracts / Interlibrary Loan / The Internet

Evaluating Sources

Working with Sources

Quoting / Paraphrasing and Summarizing / Commenting / Keeping Track of Your Sources Writing the Paper Refine Your Thesis /Organize Your Evidence / Start Your Draft / Revise / Edit and Proofread

Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism

What to Document and What Not to Document

Documenting Sources: MLA Format

In Text Citations

Preparing the Works Cited List

Citing Books / Citing Periodicals /Citing Electronic Sources

Sample Research Paper

Jarrad Nunes, "Why Emily Dickinson Could Not Stop for Death: A Cultural Analysis"

8. Literary Criticism and Literary Theory

Formalism and New Criticism

Feminist and Gender Criticism

Marxist Criticism

Cultural Studies

Historical Criticism and New Historicism

Psychological Theories

Reader Response Theories

Structuralism

Post-Structuralism and Deconstruction

Index

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