Summary: A Contemporary Guide to Literary Terms is a brief, inexpensive, and accessible handbook of literary terms for a full range of courses, including introduction to literature, literature for composition, American literature, British literature, and Shakespeare. In clear, concise, and user-friendly language, the text highlights its entries with contemporary, multicultural examples. This edition features more terms and new entries for all periods of literary history. ...show more
Additional features of the second edition include a new section on grammar and style and two new essays in the "Strategies for Writing Essays about Literature" section (one comparing two texts and one comparing a film and a text).
Clear, brief, reader-friendly entries, which don't assume extensive knowledge of literature, offer specific quotations from texts and commentary on the examples.
Demonstrations of practical criticism illustrate literary terms, approaches, and theories and make individual entries useful for classroom discussion. No other literary handbook or glossary performs this task or employs this strategy.
Expanded examples with analyses are taken from a wide range of varied literary sources (both classic and contemporary) and films. Entries are more informative and appealing than lists typically found in the appendices of introduction to literature texts.
Useful pedagogical materials include sample student essays with annotations, background narratives on processes of writing, advice for essay examinations, and guides to using MLA documentation and avoiding plagiarism.
II. Strategies for Writing Essays About Literature
Introduction Background Narrative on "Mood and Images in Rita Dove's 'Silos'" Choosing a Subject Preparing to Write and Organizing Material Drafting and Revising the Essay Background Narrative on "Point of View and Irony in Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour'" Selection of a Topic Preliminary Work Starting the Essay: Organization Second Draft Final Touches Background Narrative on "The Cinderella Motif in Austen's Pride and Prejudice" Selecting and Narrowing Down a Subject Determining Credibility and Appropriateness of Secondary Sources Choosing Organization Strategies Refining the Introduction and Conclusion Background Narrative on "Excursion into Neverland: The Importance of the Edenic
World in Peter and Wendy and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
Choosing a Subject Organizing the Comparative Essay Writing the Essay
Background Narrative on "Love and Money in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility: A Comparison of Novel and Film"
Choosing a Subject Comparing a Film Version and the Original Text Final Tips Advice for Essay Examinations Avoiding Plagiarism A Brief Guide to Documenting Sources Grammar, Punctuation, and Style
Index of Authors and Works Index of Terms Acknowledgements
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