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Exploring Literature : Writing and Arguing about Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Essay - 3rd edition

Exploring Literature : Writing and Arguing about Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Essay (ISBN10: 0321366301; ISBN13: 9780321366306)
ISBN13: 978-0321366306
ISBN10: 0321366301

Summary: Featuring culturally rich and diverse literature, this anthology weaves critical thinking into every facet of its writing apparatus and guides students through the process of crafting their personal responses into persuasive arguments.

With engaging selections, provocative themes, and comprehensive coverage of the writing process, Madden's anthology is sure to capture the reader's imagination. Exploring Literature opens with five chapters dedicated to writin ...show moreg and arguing about literature. An anthology follows, organized around five themes. Each thematic unit includes an ethnically diverse collection of short stories, poems, plays, and essays, as well as a case study to help students explore literature from various perspectives.

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  • Practical discussions of the writing process and ideas for connecting with the literature are introduced in Part I, "Making Connections." Practical tools for writing appear throughout the text, including handychecklists; diagrams; sample student essays; a chapter on research; and an Appendix on MLA Documentation.
  • Strong coverage of argument in Part II, "Analysis, Argumentation, and Research"helps students approach literature with a critical eye and outlines a strategy for planning and developing a critical essay or research paper.
  • Reader-response techniques engage students in the process of writing thoughtful essays; ''First Responses'' questions prompt students to gain insights from their initial reactions to literature; ''Making Connections'' questions encourage students to personalize, compare, and connect works in their thinking and writing; and new ''Making an Argument'' questions ask students to craft cohesive critical essays about single and multiple works.
  • A rich selection of literature, from classic to contemporary, covering all four genres-poetry, fiction, drama, the essay-represents diversity in voice and ethnicity and illustrates a variety of styles and forms.
  • A "Case Study in Context" at the end of every thematic section serves as a springboard for research and writing projects by exploring the work of significant writers and their life and times. "Thinking about Interpretation and Biography" examines Lorraine Hansberry's "Raisin in the Sun," and "Interpretation in Context" looks at Ibsen's "A Doll's House" and the role of women in artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • "Connecting Through Comparison" mini-themes in the readings chapters ask students to compare works on related topics to generate ideas for writing, such as Cinderella, love proposals, Sept. 11, and images of war. A four-color insert, Poetry and Painting, features several famous paintings and the poems written about them.
  • Pedagogy designed to engage students includes images of authors and related cultural materials, ''Connecting Through Collaboration'' exercises designed for small group discussion; student journal responses as a starting point for critical writing; and an appendix on Writing about Film.
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Edition/Copyright: 3RD 07
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Published: 07/21/2006
International: No



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