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Arguing through Literature: A Thematic Anthology and Guide to Academic Writing with free ARIEL CD-ROM / Edition 1

Arguing through Literature: A Thematic Anthology and Guide to Academic Writing with free ARIEL CD-ROM / Edition 1

by Judith Ferster

ISBN-10: 0073048909

ISBN-13: 9780073048901

Pub. Date: 10/12/2004

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education

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Table of Contents

Part I: An Introduction to Reading and Writing

Chapter 1: Reading Texts

The Communications Triangle

Kinds of Writing: Purpose, Audience, and Form

Addressing the Public: Civic Writing

Addressing Experts and Students: Academic Writing

Addressing Self and World: Imaginative Literature

The Plan of the Book


Basho: Haiku

Sylvia Plath: Cut

James Wright: Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota


Tobias Wolff: Powder

Nonfiction Prose

Pam Belluck: From Nuns Offer Clues to Alzheimer's and Aging

David A. Snowdon, Lydia H. Greiner, William R. Markesbery: From Linguistic Ability in Early Life and the Neuropathology of Alzheimer's Disease and Cerebrovascular Disease: Findings from the Nun Study

Chapter 2: The Writing Process

Active Reading

Invention Strategies: Starting with the Assignment

Shaping an Argument in Writing

Finding and Developing a Thesis


Using Categories to Organize a Draft

Supporting a Thesis with Evidence

Introducing and Concluding


Editing for Style


Sample Student Paper, Zak Owen: Digging for Meaning

Checklist for Improving Drafts


Seamus Heaney: Digging

Chapter 3: Kinds of Literature: The Major Genres

Genre and Form




The Essay

Connecting Genres


Geoffrey Chaucer: From The "General Prologue" to The Canterbury Tales

John Milton: From Paradise Lost

Walt Whitman: From Song of Myself

W.H. Auden: From September 1, 1939


John Updike: A & P


Christopher Graybill: Go Look

Nonfiction Prose

Bernard Cooper: The Fine Art of Sighing

Christopher Knight: From What Exactly Can Art Heal?

Wendy Hollway and Tony Jefferson: From Narrative, Discourse and the Unconscious: The Case of Tommy
Part II: The Elements of Literature

Chapter 4: Theme, Narrative and Plot, Setting, and Character


Narrative and Plot

Writing about Narrative and Plot



Checklist on Plot in Imaginative Literature

Checklist for Writing about Setting and Character

Chapter 5: Point of View and Tone of Voice

Point of View

Sample Student Paper, Derrick White: How Do You See It?

Tone in Imaginative Literature


Jorge Luis Borges: The Shape of the Sword

Jorge Luis Borges: The House of Asterion


Charles Harper Webb: Tone of Voice

W.S. Merwin: When the War Is Over

Robert Browning: My Last Duchess

Chapter 6: Word Choice, Figures of Speech, and Word Order

Word Choice


Levels of Diction

Word Origins

Figures of Speech

The Sequence of Images

Word Order

Checklist for Writing about Word Choice

Checklist for Writing about Figures of Speech

Checklist for Writing about Grammar and Word Order (Syntax)


Edna St. Vincent Millay: I Being Born a Woman and Distressed

T.S. Elliot: From The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

William Blake: The Sick Rose

Neil Young: From Love Is a Rose

Team Austin: From Tube

John Donne: Holy Sonnet 14, Batter my heart, three person'd God

Robert Herrick: Delight in Disorder

W.H. Auden: Musee des Beaux Arts

Chapter 7: Sound Patterns, Line Breaks, and Poetic Meter

Sound Patterns: Rhyme, Alliteration, Assonance, Consonance

Line Breaks in Poetry

Poetic Meter

Writing about Sound Patterns, Line Breaks, and Poetic Meter

Sample Student Paper, Kenji Takano: Designing a Poem

A Closing Word


From Old English Riddle

Walt Whitman: From Song of Myself, Part 2

Michael Stipe: From It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

John Donne: The Sun Rising

E.E. Cummings: l(a

Robert Herrick: Upon a Child

Robert Herrick: Epitaph Upon a Child That Died

William Carlos Williams: Poem

Walt Whitman: When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

William Carlos Williams: The Dance

Robert Frost: Design

Robert Hayden: Those Winter Sundays

Checklist for Writing about Word Music, Line Breaks in Poetry, and Poetic Meter
Part III: Argument, Research, and Literature: Conversations among Different Kinds of Writing

Chapter 8: Argument

The Elements of Argument


Reasons and Evidence

Claims, Reasons, and Evidence in Arguments about Literature


Assumptions in Arguments about Literature

Qualifiers and Concessions

Other Features of Academic Argument

Research Context



Checklist for finding Assumptions

Checklist for a Descriptive Analysis of Academic Argument

Sample Student Paper, Rami Al-Khalidi, Michael Cheng, Deborah Cooper, Susan O'Quinn: A Comparative Analysis of Two Academic Arguments

Nonfiction Prose

Carol Gilligan and Jane Attanucci: From Two Moral Orientations: Gender Differences and Similarities

Daniel F. Kripke, Lawrence Garfinkel, Deborah L. Wingard, Melville R. Klauber, and Matthew R. Marler: From Mortality Associated with Sleep Duration and Insomnia

Andrew Scott: From Henry George, Henry Adams, and the Dominant American Ideology

Nicholas J. Saunders: From Site Reading

Chapter 9: Exploring Literature through Other Disciplines

Interpretive Frameworks in Academic Discourse

Wilbur's For C and Fraley and Shaver's Airport Separations

A More Extended Tracing of Parallels: Poe's Cask of Amontillado and Goffman's The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Sample Student Paper, Lisa Rodrigues: Poe's Old Literary Wine in New Sociological Bottles


Richard Wilbur: For C


Edgar Allan Poe: The Cask of Amontillado

Nonfiction Prose

R. Chris Fraley and Phillip R. Shaver: From Airport Separation: A Naturalistic Study of Adult Attachment Dynamics in Separating Couples

Erving Goffman: From The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Chapter 10: Using Research to Write about Literature

Applying a Framework from Another Discipline to a Literary Text

Reading the Assignment

Choosing a Literary Work

Deciding Which Disciplines to Investigate

Doing Research

Active Reading

Writing the Paper

Sample Student Paper, Tracy Greenwald: Learning to Be a Girl in David Kaplan's "Doe Season"

A Closing Word

Checklist for Evaluating the Reliability of Print and Internet Sources

Checklist for Evaluating Websites

Checklist for Improving Drafts


David Michael Kaplan: Doe Season
Part IV: An Anthology of Readings

Chapter 11: Body



Anonymous: Swarthy smoke-blackened smiths

Lucille Clifton: Homage to My Hips

Emily Dickinson: (A Narrow Fellow in the Grass)

John Donne: The Sun Rising

Galway Kinnell: Rapture

Sharon Olds: Letter to My Father from 40,000 Feet

Sharon Olds: Waste Sonata

Linda Pastan: Notes from the Delivery Room

Marge Piercy: Belly Good

Sappho: Pain Penetrates

Richard Wilbur: A Late Aubade

Frameworks: Looking at Shakespeare Through Medicine

William Shakespeare: Sonnets 65, 72, 73

Hobart W. Walling: Life's Brief Candle: A Shakespearan Guide to Death and Dying for Compassionate Physicians


Margaret Atwood: Giving Birth

Ralph Ellison: Battle Royal

Louise Erdrich: Fleur

Alice Munro: Boys and Girls

Edgar Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart


Max Mitchell: Life Support

Nonfiction Prose

Anatole Broyard: Intoxicated by My Illness

Cornel West: Black Sexuality: The Taboo Subject

Chapter 12: Spirit



Arrested Development: Fishin' 4 Religion

Ashvaghosha: The Legend of the Buddha Shakyamuni

John Donne: Holy Sonnet 10: Death, Be Not Proud

Thom Gunn: Memory Unsettled

Hebrew Bible: Leviticus 19

Gerard Manley Hopkins: [As Kingfishers Catch Fire, Dragonflies Draw Flame]

The King James Bible: Luke 10:25-37

The Generous Qur'an: Sura 89, The Dawn

Dylan Thomas: A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London

Walt Whitman: A Noiseless Patient Spider

Richard Wilbur: Mayflies

Paul Zimmer: The Day Zimmer Lost Religion


D.H. Lawrence: The Rocking-Horse Winner

Flannery O'Connor: A Good Man Is Hard to Find

Frank O'Connor: Guests of the Nation

Dorothy Parker: The Custard Heart

Philip Roth: The Conversion of the Jews

Frameworks: Looking at Dinesen Through Psychology

Isak Dinesen: Babette's Feast

Abraham Maslow: Self-Actualizing and Beyond

Abraham Maslow: Various Meanings of Transcendence


Wole Soyinka: Death and the King's Horseman

Nonfiction Prose

Louise M. Antony: The "Faith" of an Athiest

Karen Armstrong: From Renunciation

Jorge Luis Borges: Everything and Nothing

Joan Didion: On Self-Respect

Chapter 13: Acting and Authenticity



W.H. Auden: The Unknown Citizen

Gwendolyn Brooks: We Real Cool

E.E. Cummings: anyone lived in a pretty how town

Emily Dickinson: (I Like a Look of Agony)

Emily Dickinson: (I'm Nobody! Who are You?)

Paul Laurence Dunbar: We Wear the Mask

T.S. Eliot: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Thom Gunn: Night Taxi

Linda Hogan: First Light

Langston Hughes: Theme for English B

Andrew Marvell: To His Coy Mistress

Sylvia Plath: Lady Lazarus


Sandra Cisneros: Mericans

Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Yellow Wallpaper

Langston Hughes: Who's Passing for Who?

Richard Wright: Big Black Good Man

Frameworks: Looking at Shakespeare Through Literary Criticism

William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Terence Eagleton: Hamlet, from Shakespeare and Society: Critical Studies in Shakespearean Drama

Nonfiction Prose

James Baldwin: The Discovery of What It Means to Be an American

Richard Ford: In the Face

Lucy Grealy: Mirrorings

Germaine Greer: The Stereotype
Relating to Others

Chapter 14: Gender, Sex, and Love



Matthew Arnold: Dover Beach

Elizabeth Bishop: One Art

John Donne: Song

John Donne: A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

Robert Frost: Home Burial

Thom Gunn: Waitress

Ho Xuan Hu'o'ng: On Sharing a Husband

James Weldon Johnson: The Glory of the Day Was in Her Face

Michael Lassell: How to Watch Your Brother Die

Adrienne Rich: Planetarium

William Shakespeare: Sonnet 130

Alan Shapiro: Lover

Cathy Song: The Hand That Feeds


Raymond Carver: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Kate Chopin: The Story of an Hour

Susan Glaspell: A Jury of Her Peers

James Joyce: Araby

Frameworks: Looking at Mason Through Psychology

Bobbie Ann Mason: Shiloh

Mark Karpel: Individuation: From Fusion to Dialogue


August Wilson: Fences

Nonfiction Prose

Susan Moller Okin with Respondents: Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?

Will Kymlicka: Liberal Complacencies

Katha Pollitt: Whose Culture?

Susan Moller Okin: From Reply

Chapter 15: Race and Ethnicity



Gwendolyn Brooks: The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock

Joshua Coben: Ishmael

Countee Cullen: Incident

Nikki Giovanni: Ego Tripping

Suheir Hammad: Exotic

Langston Hughes: Harlem

Langston Hughes: Same in Blues

Claude McKay: The White City

Pat Mora: Immigrants

Sharon Olds: On the Subway

Jim Sagel: Baca Grande

William Jay Smith: Old Cherokee Woman's Song

Mitsuye Yamada: To the Lady

Framworks: Looking at Hayden Through History and Psychology

Robert Hayden: Middle Passage

John Quincy Adams: From Argument of John Quincy Adams, before the Supreme Court of the United States, in the case of the United States, Appellants, vs. Cinque, and others, Africans Captured in the Schooner Amistad, by Lieut. Gedney, Delivered on the 24th of February and 1st of March, 1841

Daniel Brown: From Stress and Emotion: Implications for Illness Development and Wellness

Raymond L. Cohn: From Maritime Mortality in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: A Survey

James A. Rawley: The Middle Passage


Chinua Achebe: Dead Men's Path

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter

William Faulkner: Wash

Eudora Welty: A Worn Path


Athol Fugard: Master Harold...and the Boys

Luis Valdez: Los Vendidos

Nonfiction Prose

Gordon Allport: From The Nature of Prejudice

Toni Morrison: From Romancing the Shadow

Brent Staples: Black Men and Public Space

Vetta L. Sanders Thompson: Perceived Experiences of Racism as Stressful Life Events

Chapter 16: Ethical Questions



Julia Alvarez: On Not Shoplifting Louise Bogan's The Blue Estuaries

John Balaban: For the Missing in Action

John Balaban: The Guard at the Binh Thuy Bridge

Emily Dickinson: (The Soul selects her own Society)

Robert Frost: The Death of the Hired Man

Robert Frost: Love and a Question

Robert Frost: Two Tramps in Mud Time

Miroslav Holub: The Fly

Yusef Komunyakaa: Facing It

Wilfred Owen: Dulce et Decorum Est

William Edgar Stafford: Traveling through the Dark

Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Ulysses

William Carlos Williams: The Yachts


Toni Cade Bambara: The Lesson

Shirley Jackson: The Lottery

Sir Thomas Malory: From Le Morte d' Arthur

Katherine Mansfield: The Garden-Party

Tim O'Brien: The Things They Carried

Frameworks: Looking At LeGuin Through Philosophy

Ursula LeGuin: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

William James: From The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life

John Stuart Mill: From What Utilitarianism Is


Sophocles: Oedipus Rex

Nonfiction Prose

Barbara Ehrenreich: Nickel-and-Dimed: On (not) getting by in America

Martin L. Hoffman: Empathy, Its Arousal, and Prosocial Functioning

Michael de Montaigne: That our actions should be judged by our intentions

Mark Twain: The Lowest Animal
Experiencing the World

Chapter 17: Nature



A.R. Ammons: Still

William Blake: The Tyger

Richard Eberhart: On Shooting Particles Beyond the World

James Weldon Johnson: Deep in the Quiet Wood

Galway Kinnell: The Bear

Galway Kinnell: St. Francis and the Sow

Philip Larkin: Going, Going

Mary Oliver: Rice

Simon Ortiz: Earth and Rain, The Plants & Sun

Simon Ortiz: Vision Shadows

Sylvia Plath: Black Rook in Rainy Weather

William Wordsworth: Upon Westminster Bridge

William Wordsworth: The World Is Too Much with Us


Kate Chopin: The Storm

Ernest Hemingway: The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Leslie Marmon Silko: The Man to Send Rain Clouds

Nguyen Huy Thiep: Salt of the Jungle


Frameworks: Looking at Frayn Through Science

Michael Frayn: Copenhagen

Irving M Klotz: Procrustean Distortions of Science

Harry Lustig and Kirsten Shepherd-Barr: Science as Theater

Nonfiction Prose

Wendell Berry: Life Is a Miracle

Howard Frumkin: Beyond Toxicity: Human Health and the Natural Environment

John R. Stilgoe: Gone Barefoot Lately?

Edward O. Wilson: Nature Matters

Chapter 18: Sight and Insight



Elizabeth Bishop: Filling Station

John Keats: Ode on a Grecian Urn

X.J. Kennedy: Nude Descending a Staircase

Yusef Komunyakaa: Hanoi Hannah

Li-Young Lee: Persimmons

Denise Levertov: The Reminder

David Ray: A Midnight Diner by Edward Hopper

Alan Shapiro: Astronomy Lesson

Alan Shapiro: Wife: The Mirror

Wole Soyinka: Telephone Conversation

Wallace Stevens: Anecdote of the Jar

Wallace Stevens: The Man with the Blue Guitar

Team Austin: Tube

William Carlos Williams: Landscape with the Fall of Icarus


Raymond Carver: Cathedral

Don DeLillo: Videotape

Kimberly Elkins: What Is Visible

Nathaniel Hawthorne: Young Goodman Brown

Katherine Anne Porter: The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Alice Walker: Everyday Use


Frameworks: Looking at Friel Through Science

Brian Friel: Molly Sweeney

R.L. Gregory and Jean G. Wallace: From Recovery from Early Blindness: A Case Study

Oliver Sacks: From To See and Not See

Nonfiction Prose

Annie Dillard: Seeing

E.M. Forster: Art for Art's Sake

Helen Keller: Three Days to See

Georgina Kleege: From In Oedipus' Shadow

Appendix A: Critical Approaches

Appendix B: Glossary of Terms

Appendix C: Reading Nonliterary Texts

Nonfiction Prose

Deborah D. Danner, David A. Snowdon, Wallace V. Friesen: From Positive Emotions in Early Life and Longevity: Findings from the Nun Study

David A. Snowden, Lydia H. Greiner, William R. Markesbery: From Linguistic Ability in Early Life and the Neuropathology of Alzheimer's Disease and Cerebrovascular Disease: Findings from the Nun Study

Susan Kemper, Lydia H. Greiner, Janet G. Marquis, Katherine Prenovost, Tracy L. Mitzner: From Language Decline Across the Life Span: Findings from the Nun Study

Appendix D: MLA and APA Documentation



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