An Introduction to Fiction / Edition 11

An Introduction to Fiction / Edition 11

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An Introduction to Fiction / Edition 11

Kennedy/Gioia's An Introduction to Fiction, 11th edition continues to inspire students with a rich collection of fiction and engaging insights on reading, analyzing, and writing about stories.

This bestselling anthology includes sixty-five superlative short stories, blending classic works and contemporary selections. Written by noted poets X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia, the text reflects the authors' wit and contagious enthusiasm for their subject. Informative, accessible apparatus presents readable discussions of the literary devices, illustrated by apt works, and supported by interludes with the anthologized writers. This edition features 10 new stories, three masterwork casebooks, revised and expanded chapters on writing, and a new design.

  • New “Key Terms Review” feature at the end of every major chapter—provide students a simple study guide to go over key concepts and terms in each chapter.
  • New 2009 MLA guidelines—provides students the updated source citation guidelines from the new 7th edition of the MLA Handbook and incorporates these in all sample student papers.
  • New section on “Writing a Response Paper”—provides instructions and a sample student essay for this popular type of writing assignment.
  • Updated, revised format to increase accessibility and ease of use—newly added section titles and sub-titles will help Web-oriented students navigate easily from topic to topic in every chapter. Additionally, all chapters have been reviewed and updated to include relevant cultural references.
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9780205687886
    Publisher: Pearson
    Publication date: 10/05/2009
    Edition description: New Edition
    Pages: 832
    Sales rank: 84,286
    Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

    Table of Contents


    To the Instructor

    About the Authors

    ** Indicates new selections


    Interview with Amy Tan

    1. Reading a Story

    The Art of Fiction

    Types of Short Fiction

    W. Somerset Maugham, The Appointment in Samarra

    Aesop, The North Wind and the Sun

    ** Bidpai, The Tortoise and the Geese

    Chuang Tzu, Independence

    Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, Godfather Death


    The Short Story

    John Updike, A & P

    Writing Effectively

    Writers on Writing

    John Updike, Why Write?

    Thinking About Plot

    Checklist: Writing About Plot

    Writing Assignment on Plot

    More Topics for Writing

    Terms for Review

    2. Point of View

    Identifying Point of View

    Types of Narrators

    Stream of Consciousness

    William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily

    Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart

    ** Virginia Woolf, A Haunted House

    ** Eudora Welty, Why I Live at the P. O.

    James Baldwin, Sonny’s Blues

    Writing Effectively

    Writers on Writing

    James Baldwin, Race and the African American Writer

    Thinking About Point of View

    Checklist: Writing About Point of View

    Writing Assignment on Point of View

    More Topics for Writing

    Terms for Review

    3. Character

    Types of Characters

    Katherine Anne Porter, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

    Katherine Mansfield, Miss Brill

    ** Naguib Mahfouz, The Lawsuit

    Raymond Carver, Cathedral

    Writing Effectively

    Writers on Writing

    Raymond Carver, Commonplace but Precise Language

    Thinking About Character

    Checklist: Writing About Character

    Writing Assignment on Character

    More Topics for Writing

    Terms for Review

    4. Setting

    Elements of Setting

    Historical Fiction



    Kate Chopin, The Storm

    Jack London, To Build a Fire

    T. Coraghessan Boyle, Greasy Lake

    Amy Tan, A Pair of Tickets

    Writing Effectively

    Writers on Writing

    Amy Tan, Setting the Voice

    Thinking About Setting

    Checklist: Writing About Setting

    Writing Assignment on Setting

    More Topics for Writing

    Terms for Review

    5. Tone and Style




    Ernest Hemingway, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

    William Faulkner, Barn Burning


    O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi

    Ha Jin, Saboteur

    Writing Effectively

    Writers on Writing

    Ernest Hemingway, The Direct Style

    Thinking About Tone and Style

    Checklist: Writing About Tone and Style

    Writing Assignment on Tone and Style

    More Topics for Writing

    Terms for Review

    6. Theme

    Plot vs. Theme

    Theme as Unifying Device

    Finding the Theme

    Stephen Crane, The Open Boat

    Alice Munro, How I Met My Husband

    Luke 15:11–32, The Parable of the Prodigal Son

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Harrison Bergeron

    Writing Effectively

    Writers on Writing

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., The Themes of Science Fiction

    Thinking About Theme

    Checklist: Writing about Theme

    Writing Assignment on Theme

    More Topics for Writing

    Terms for Review

    7. Symbol



    Recognizing Symbols

    John Steinbeck, The Chrysanthemums

    ** John Cheever, The Swimmer

    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

    Shirley Jackson, The Lottery

    Writing Effectively

    Writers on Writing

    Shirley Jackson, Biography of a Story

    Thinking About Symbols

    Checklist: Writing About Symbols

    Writing Assignment on Symbols

    Student Paper, An Analysis of the Symbolism in Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums”

    More Topics for Writing

    Terms for Review

    8. Reading Long Stories and Novels

    Origins of the Novel


    Novels and Journalism

    Short Novels and Novellas

    The Future of the Novel

    Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych

    Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

    Writing Effectively

    Writers on Writing

    Franz Kafka, Discussing The Metamorphosis

    Thinking About Long Stories and Novels

    Checklist: Writing About Ideas for a Research Paper

    Writing Assignment for a Research Paper

    Student Paper, Kafka’s Greatness

    More Topics for Writing

    Terms for Review

    9. Latin American Fiction

    Jorge Luis Borges, The Gospel According to Mark

    Octavio Paz, My Life with the Wave

    ** Gabriel García Márquez, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

    ** Inés Arredondo, The Shunammite

    Writing Effectively

    Writers on Writing

    Gabriel García Márquez, My Beginnings As A Writer

    Topics for Writing on “The Gospel According to Mark”

    Topics for Writing on “My Life with Wave”

    Topics for Writing on “a very old man with enormous wings”

    Topics for Writing on “The Shunammite”

    10. Critical Casebook: Flannery O’Connor

    Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find

    Flannery O’Connor, Revelation

    Flannery O’Connor, Parker’s Back

    Flannery O’Connor on Writing

    From “On Her Own Work”

    On Her Catholic Faith

    From “The Grotesque in Southern Fiction”

    Yearbook Cartoons

    Critics on Flannery O’Connor

    J. O. Tate, A Good Source Is Not So Hard to Find: The Real Life Misfit

    Mary Jane Schenck, Deconstructing “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

    Louise S. Cowann The Character of Mrs. Turpin in “Revelation”

    Kathleen Feeley, The Mystery of Divine Direction: “Parker’s Back”

    Writing Effectively

    Topics for Writing

    11. Critical Casebook: Three Stories in Depth

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Young Goodman Brown

    ** Nathaniel Hawthorne on Writing

    ** Reflections on Truth and Clarity in Literature

    ** Criticizing His Own Work

    Critics on Hawthorne

    ** Herman Melville, Excerpt from a Review of “Mosses from and Old Manse”

    ** Edgar Allan Poe, The Genius of Hawthorne's Short Stories

    Critics on “Young Goodman Brown”

    ** Richard H. Fogle, Ambiguity in “Young Goodman Brown”

    ** Paul J. Hurley, Evil Wherever He Looks

    ** Nancy Bunge, Complacency and Community

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    The Yellow Wallpaper

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman on Writing

    Why I Wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper”

    Whatever Is

    The Nervous Breakdown of Women

    Critics on “The Yellow Wallpaper”

    Juliann Fleenor, Gender and Pathology in “The Yellow Wallpaper”

    Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Imprisonment and Escape: The Psychology of Confinement

    Elizabeth Ammons, Biographical Echoes in “The Yellow Wallpaper”

    Alice Walker

    Everyday Use

    Alice Walker on Writing

    The Black Woman Writer in America

    Reflections on Writing and Women's Lives

    Critics on “Everyday Use”

    Barbara T. Christian, “Everyday Use” and the Black Power Movement

    Houston A. Baker and Charlotte Pierce-Baker, Stylish vs. Sacred in “Everyday Use”

    Elaine Showalter, Quilt as Metaphor in “Everyday Use”

    Writing Effectively

    Topics for Writing on “Young goodman brown”

    Topics for Writing on “The Yellow Wallpaper”

    Topics for Writing on “Everyday Use”

    12. Stories for Further Reading

    Chinua Achebe, Dead Men’s Path

    ** Sherman Alexie, This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona

    Margaret Atwood, Happy Endings

    Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

    Willa Cather, Paul’s Case

    Anton Chekhov, The Lady with the Pet Dog

    Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour

    Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street

    Ralph Ellison, Battle Royal

    Zora Neale Hurston, Sweat

    James Joyce, Araby

    ** Franz Kafka, Before the Law

    Jamaica Kincaid, Girl

    Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies

    D. H. Lawrence, The Rocking-Horse Winner

    Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh

    ** Lorrie Moore, How To Become A Writer

    Joyce Carol Oates, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

    Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

    Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing

    Tobias Wolff, The Rich Brother

    13. Writing about Literature

    Read Actively


    Plan Your Essay

    Discover Your Ideas

    Sample Student Prewriting Exercises

    Developing a Literary Argument

    Writing a Rough Draft

    Sample Student Paper (Rough Draft)

    Revise Your Draft

    Some Final Advice on Rewriting

    Document Sources to Avoid Plagiarism

    The Form of Your Finished Paper

    Spell-Check and Grammar Check Programs

    14. Writing About a Story

    Read Actively

    Think About the Story

    Discover Ideas

    Sample Student Prewriting Exercises

    Write a Rough Draft

    What’s Your Purpose? Common Approaches to Writing about Fiction

    Topics for Writing

    15. Writing a Research Paper

    Browse the Research

    Choose a Topic

    Begin Your Research

    Evaluate Sources

    Organize Your Research

    Refine Your Thesis

    Organize Your Paper

    Write and Revise

    Maintain Academic Integrity

    Acknowledge All Sources

    Documenting Sources Using MLA Style

    Reference Guide for Citation

    16. Critical Approaches to Literature

    Formalist Criticism

    Biographical Criticism

    Historical Criticism

    Psychological Criticism

    Mythological Criticism

    Sociological Criticism

    Gender Criticism

    Reader-Response Criticism

    Deconstructionist Criticism

    Cultural Studies

    Terms for Review


    Photo Acknowledgements

    Index of Major Themes

    Index of Authors and Titles

    Index of Literary Terms

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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