Writing About the Humanities / Edition 3

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This brief, updated practical guide to writing papers in humanities courses provides readers –and writers– with guidance in analyzing and interpreting works of art, literature, and music. KEY TOPICS The first half of the book covers general issues in writing about the humanities disciplines, including how to respond to, interpret, and evaluate different types of artworks. The second half focuses more specifically on writing in literature and the arts as well as the particulars of writing with, and documenting, sources. For individuals seeking strategies for reading in, and writing about, each of the humanities disciplines.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136151418
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/20/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 557,482
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1. An Overview of the Writing Process.
2. An Approach to Writing about the Humanities.
3. Writing about Art and Architecture.
4. Writing about Music.
5. Writing about Fiction and Poetry.
6. Writing about Drama and Theater.
7. Writing about Film.
8. Writing with Sources.
9. Documenting Sources.
Appendix: Writing Essay Examinations.
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Like its predecessor, this second of edition of Writing About the Humanities is designed for students in introductory humanities courses, but it can be used by students in introductory literature and art history courses as well. The book's opening chapters provide overviews of and approaches to the writing process generally and to writing about the humanities, illustrated with examples from various humanities disciplines. The two concluding chapters deal with writing based on research. In between, five chapters explore and explain how to write about particular humanities disciplines, including art and architecture, music, fiction and poetry, drama and theater, and film. An appendix on writing essay examinations concludes the book.

This second edition of Writing About the Humanities is an expansion of the first, with-new material added to some chapters, others split off and enlarged, and a new chapter on writing about film. Among the book's distinctive and practical features are the following:

  • Consideration of multiple approaches to artworks, including responding, interpreting, and evaluating
  • An approach to interpretation, including observing, connecting, inferring, and concluding
  • A set of guidelines for the writing process, including strategies for prewriting, drafting, and revising
  • Writing exercises and assignments
  • Sample student papers in various disciplines
  • Examples of professional writing in the different disciplines
  • Reproduction of written texts and visual images for analysis and writing
  • Guidance in doing research writing, including using Internet sources

For assistance withWriting About the Humanities I would like to thank the reviewers, who provided valuable suggestions, which I have utilized in this revision.

Thanks also to Bud Therien at Prentice Hall for sponsoring the book, and to Kimberly Chastain and Sarah Touborg, who have lent it their expertise and support. Finally, a word of thanks to my children, Karen and Michael, who provided sample papers on literature and art, respectively, and a note of appreciation to my wife, Mary, for her unfailing devotion and steadfast love.

Robert DiYanni

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