Edition/Copyright:6TH 02 Cover: Hardback Publisher:Bedford Books Published: 08/03/2001 International: No
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Meyer, Michael : University of Connecticut
Michael Meyer (Ph.D., University of Connecticut) has taught introductory writing and literature courses for almost 30 years -- since 1981 at the University of Connecticut, and earlier at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the College of William and Mary. Meyer's scholarly articles have appeared in American Literature, Studies in the American Renaissance, and Virginia Quarterly Review. An internationally recognized authority on Henry David Thoreau, he is a former president of the Thoreau Society and the coauthor (with Walter Harding) of The New Thoreau Handbook, a standard reference source. His first book, Several More Lives to Live: Thoreau's Political Reputation in America, was awarded the Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize by the American Studies Association. In addition to several introductory literature texts for Bedford/St. Martin's, Meyer is also the editor of Frederick Douglass: The Narrative and Selected Writings and the author of The Little, Brown Guide to Writing Research Papers.
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Resources for Writing about Literature Preface for Instructors Introduction: Reading Imaginative Literature The Nature of Literature Emily Dickinson, A narrow Fellow in the Grass The Value of Literature The Changing Literary Canon
FICTION THE ELEMENTS OF FICTION
1. Reading Fiction Reading Fiction Responsively Kate Chopin, "The Story of an Hour" A Sample Paper: Differences in Responses to Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" Explorations and Formulas A Composite of a Romance Tip Sheet Photo: Romance Novel Cover A Comparison of Two Stories Karen Van Der Zee, From A Secret Sorrow Gail Godwin, A Sorrowful Woman *Perspective: Kay Mussell, Are Feminism and Romance Novels Mutually Exclusive? Perspective: Thomas Jefferson, On the Dangers of Reading Fiction
2. Writing about Fiction From Reading to Writing Questions for Responsive Reading and Writing A Sample Paper in Progress First Response Brainstorming Revising: First and Second Drafts Final Draft: Fulfillment or Failure? Marriage in A Secret Sorrow and "A Sorrowful Woman"
3. Plot Edgar Rice Burroughs, From Tarzan of the Apes *Alice Walker, The Flowers William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily Perspective: William Faulkner, On "A Rose for Emily" Andre Dubus, Killings Perspective: Thomas E Kennedy, On Morality and Revenge in "Killings" Perspective: A. L. Bader, Nothing Happens in Modern Short Stories
4. Character Charles Dickens, From Hard Times *Jhumpa Lahiri, When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener Perspective: Nathaniel Hawthorne, On Herman Melville's Philosophic Stance Perspective: Dan McCall, On the Lawyer's Character in "Bartleby, the Scrivener" *Alice McDermott, Enough
5. Setting Ernest Hemingway, Soldier's Home Perspective: E. E. Cummings, my sweet old etcetera Perspective: Ernest Hemingway, On What Every Writer Needs *Ron Hansen, Nebraska *Perspective: Ron Hansen, On Nebraska as an Unconventional Short Story Fay Weldon, IND AFF, or Out of Love in Sarajevo Perspective: Fay Weldon, On the Importance of Place in "IND AFF"
6. Point of View Third-Person Narrator First-Person Narrator *Gish Jen, Who's Irish Anton Chekhov, The Lady with the Pet Dog Perspective: Two Additional Translations of the Final Paragraphs of Anton Chekhov's "The Lady with the Pet Dog" Anton Chekhov, From "The Lady and the Dog" (Translated by Constance Garnett) Anton Chekhov, From "A Lady with a Dog" (Translated by Ronald Hingley) Perspective: Anton Chekhov, On Morality in Fiction Joyce Carol Oates: The Lady with the Pet Dog Perspective: Matthew C. Brennan, Point of View and Plotting in Chekhov's and Oates's "The Lady with the Pet Dog" *Edwidge Danticat, New York Day Women
7. Symbolism *Alberto Alvaro Ríos, A Secret Lion Colette [Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette], The Hand Ralph Ellison, Battle Royal Perspective: Mordecai Marcus, What Is an Initiation Story? *Gabriel García Márquez, The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World
8. Theme Alison Baker, Better Be Ready 'Bout Half Past Eight Stephen Crane, The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky Katherine Mansfield, Miss Brill Dagoberto Gilb, Love in L.A.
9. Style, Tone, and Irony Style Tone Irony Raymond Carver, Popular Mechanics Perspective: John Barth, On Minimalist Fiction T. Coraghessan Boyle, Carnal Knowledge Susan Minot, Lust *Punyakante Wijenaike, Anoma
10. Combining the Elements of Fiction The Elements Together Mapping the Story David Updike, Summer Questions for Writing
APPROACHES TO FICTION
11. A Study of Nathaniel Hawthorne A Brief Biography and Introduction Photo: Nathaniel Hawthorne Chronology Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown The Minister's Black Veil The Birthmark *Lady Eleanor's Mantle Perspectives on Hawthorne Hawthorne on Solitude Hawthorne on the Power of the Writer's Imagination Hawthorne on His Short Stories Herman Melville, On Nathaniel Hawthorne's Tragic Vision Two Complementary Critical Readings Judith Fetterly, A Feminist Reading of "The Birthmark" James Quinn and Ross Baldessarini, A Psychological Reading of "The Birthmark" Suggested Topics for Longer Papers
12. A Study of Flannery O'Connor A Brief Biography and Introduction Photo: Flannery O'Connor Chronology Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find Good Country People Revelation * Parker's Back Perspectives on O'Connor O'Connor on Faith O'Connor on the Materials of Fiction O'Connor on the Use of Exaggeration and Distortion O'Connor on Theme and Symbol Josephine Hendin, On O'Connor's Refusal to "Do Pretty" Claire Kahane, The Function of Violence in O'Connor's Fiction Edward Kessler, On O'Connor's Use of History Two Complementary Critical Readings A.R. Coulthard, On the Visionary Ending of "Revelation" Marshall Bruce Gentry, On the Revised Ending of "Revelation" Suggested Topics for Longer Papers
13. A Study of Alice Munro A Brief Biography and Introduction Photo: Alice Munro Chronology Alice Munro, An Ounce of Cure * Wild Swans Prue Miles City, Montana Perspectives On Munro Graeme Gibson, An Interview with Munro on Writing Benjamin DeMott, On Munro's Female Protagonistas Catherine Sheldrick Ross, On the Reader's Experience in Reading Munro's Stories W. R. Martin, On Prue's Suppressed Passions George Woodcock, On Symbolism in Munro's Fiction Two Complementary Critical Readings Munro on Narration in "An Ounce of Cure" Lorraine McMullen, On Munro's Ironic Humor in "An Ounce of Cure" Suggested Topics for Longer Papers
14. A Critical Case Study: William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" Photo: William Faulkner William Faulkner, Barn Burning Perspectives on Faulkner Jane Hiles, Blood Ties in "Barn Burning" Benjamin DeMott, Abner Snopes as a Victim of Class Gayle Edward Wilson, Conflict in "Barn Burning" James Ferguson, Narrative Strategy in "Barn Burning" Questions for Writing: Incorporating the Critics An Excerpt from a Sample Paper: The Fires of Class Conflict in "Barn Burning" Suggested Topics for Longer Papers
15. A Cultural Case Study: James Joyce's "Eveline" Photo: James Joyce in Paris Chronology James Joyce, Eveline Documents Photo: Poole Street, Dublin Resources of Ireland (From the Alliance Temperance Almanack for 1910) A Letter Home from an Irish Emigrant in Australia A Plot Synopsis of The Bohemian Girl Suggested Topics for Longer Papers
16. A Thematic Case Study: The Nature of Storytelling Metafiction Margaret Atwood, There Was Once George Bowering, A Short Story Tim O'Brien, How to Tell a True War Story *Don DeLillo, Videotape Suggested Topics for Longer Papers
A COLLECTION OF STORIES
17. Stories for Further Reading *Angela Carter, A Souvenir of Japan *Langston Hughes, On the Road Franz Kafka, A Hunger Artist Jamaica Kincaid, Girl D. H. Lawrence, The Horse Dealer's Daughter *Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado *Mark Twain, The Story of the Good Little Boy John Updike, A & P
18. An Album of World Literature Isabelle Allende (Chile), The Judges Wife *Tadeusz Borowski (Poland), This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen Bessie Head (Botswana), The Prisoner Who Wore Glasses Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt), The Answer Is No
19. An Album of Contemporary Stories *Sherman Alexie, Class *Amy Bloom, Hold Tight *Joyce Carol Oates, The Night Nurse *E. Annie Proulx, 55 Miles to the Gas Pump
THE ELEMENTS OF POETRY
20. Reading Poetry Reading Poetry Responsively Marge Piercy, The Secretary Chant Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays John Updike, Dog's Death The Pleasure of Words William Hathaway , Oh, Oh Robert Francis, Catch A Sample Analysis: Tossing Metaphors Together in "Catch" Wole Soyinka, Telephone Conversation Elizabeth Bishop, The Fish Philip Larkin, A Study of Reading Habits Robert Morgan, Mountain Graveyard E. E. Cummings, l(a Anonymous, Western Wind Regina Barreca, Nighttime Fires Suggestions for Approaching Poetry Poetry in Popular Forms Helen Farries, Magic of Love John Frederick Nims, Love Poem Bruce Springsteen, Streets of Philadelphia *Saundra Sharp, It's the Law: A Rap Poem Perspective: Robert Francis, On "Hard" Poetry
Poems for Further Study *Rudyard Kipling , If-- Alice Walker, a woman is not a potted plant *Lisa Parker, Snapping Beans Wyatt Prunty, Elderly Lady Crossing on Green Alberto Ríos, Seniors John Donne , The Sun Rising Li Ho, A Beautiful Girl Combs Her Hair Robert Hass, Happiness
21. Writing about Poetry From Reading to Writing Questions for Responsive Reading and Writing A Sample Analysis: Memory in Elizabeth Bishop's "Manners" Elizabeth Bishop, "Manners"
22. Word Choice, Word Order, and Tone Diction Denotations and Connotations Randall Jarrell, The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner E. E. Cummings, she being Brand Word Order Tone *Judith Ortiz Cofer, Common Ground *Robin Morgan, Invocation Katharyn Howd Machan, Hazel Tells LaVerne Martín Espada, Latin Night at the Pawnshop *Sarah Lindsay, Aluminum Chlorohydrate Diction and Tone in Four Love Poems Robert Herrick, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress Perspective: Bernard Duyfhuizen, "To His Coy Mistress": On How a Female Might Respond Richard Wilbur, A Late Aubade Diane Ackerman, A Fine, a Private Place
Poems for Further Study Margaret Atwood, Bored Thomas Hardy, The Convergence of the Twain David R. Slavitt, Titanic Lionel Johnson, A Decadent's Lyric Sharon Olds, Sex without Love *Cathy Song, The Youngest Daughter John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn Gwendolyn Brooks , We Real Cool *Eric Ormsby, Nose *Alice Jones, The Larynx *Oliver Rice, The Doll House Louis Simpson, In the Suburbs
A Note on Reading Translations Four Translations of a Poem by Sappho Sappho, Immortal Aphrodite of the broidered throne (Translated by Henry T. Wharton) Beautiful-throned, immortal Aphrodite (Translated by T. W. Higginson) Invocation to Aphrodite (Translated by Richard Lattimore) Artfully adorned Aphrodite, deathless (Translated by Jim Powell)
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