Summary: For Composition Through Literature and Introduction to Literature courses.
Blending a complete writing about literature text, a literature anthology, and a handbook into one, this unique text guides students through the allied processes of critical reading and writing--illustrating the use of writing as a way of studying literature, and providing students with all the tools necessary to analyze literature on their own. The text promotes interactive learnin...show moreg by integrating writing instruction with the study of literature.
NEW--Three casebooks added--One for each genre focusing on a specific work or theme.
Enables instructors to pursue a particular work or idea in greater depth.
NEW--Arguing an Interpretation guidelines.
Helps students develop critical thinking and strengthen their writing about a literary work.
NEW--Website updated and improved--To include author photos, study questions, a Writing about Literature section, author links for research, a literary timeline and a navigational bar.
Provides students with better, easier access to more information.
NEW--Current Critical Approaches to Literature appendix.
Provides students with clear and brief explanations of current critical theories.
NEW--Peer Review section expanded.
Provides students with advice and suggestions for working on writing in groups.
NEW--Diversity of literary selections expanded.
Provides students with a broad range of authors and writing styles.
Writing process emphasized as an integral part of literary study.
Provides students at varied levels of writing experience with an enjoyable approach to improving their writing.
Sample Student Papers--Illustrate how to write about each genre and how to do a research paper.
Helps students see and understand how to devise and draft their essays.
Three books in one comprehensive volume--Combines a literary anthology, a writing process textbook, and writing handbook into one text--providing an interactive learning experience that skillfully integrates writing instruction with the study of literature.
Helps improve students' writing skills and enhances their understanding of literature.
Historically arranged literature anthologies with an emphasis on contemporary works--Offers selections that relate to students' experience, while reflecting the familiar canon.
Gives students an easy-to-follow, time-oriented framework that will help them recognize changes in literary styles and focus on prominent authors of a particular time, and sparks their interest by including literary selections familiar to them or that they can identify with.
Alternate Thematic Table of Contents.
Provides an organized syllabi structure for instructors who favor that approach.
Biographical sketches of each author.
Helps students understand an author's motives behind his/her work--adding insight and perspective to students' comprehension of each literary piece.
Appealing writing topics--Suggests both critical writing topics (requesting literary analyses) and expressive writing topics (allowing personal responses to literary works).
Motivates students to write by offering them diverse and interesting topics to choose from.
Writing from sources--Explains how to write from sources, focusing on a cultural analysis of the popular play M. Butterfly.
Prepares students for future coursework in literature of other disciplines which require research as the basis for analytical writing assignments.
A guide to the MLA style--With instruction for citing Internet sources.
Enables students to effectively incorporate Internet and other sources in their papers.
Brief introductions to each genre--e.g., "How Do I Read a Short Story?," "How Do I Read a Poem?," "How Do I Read Drama?"
Prepares students for focusing on key elements of literature.
Aids for the revision process--Includes a peer evaluation checklist, revising checklist, proofreading checklist, and a guide to transitional terms.
Gives students step-by-step guidance through the revision process, and shows them the significance of this critical stage in writing.
Handbook and Glossary of Rhetorical and Literary Terms--Offers a condensed version of the standard composition handbook that includes instruction for revising and correctness.
Gives students a handy and readily accessible reference in their main text that offers clear, easy-to-understand explanations with no complicated grammar; helps instructors put a stop to wasted class time explaining sentence and punctuation errors.
Edition/Copyright:6TH 02 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Prentice Hall, Inc. Published: 06/27/2001 International: No
This text grew out of our long-standing interest in the possibilities of integrating the study of literature with the practice of composition. Many of our students have learned to write perceptively and well using literature as their subject matter, Great literature is always thought-provoking, always new. Why not utilize it in the pursuit of critical thinking and improved writing? Toward that end, we have combined an introduction to literature with instruction in writing.
Literature and the Writing Process, Sixth Edition, presents literary selections as materials for students to read and write about, not as models for them to emulate. The text is designed to guide students through the allied processes of analytical reading and critical writing. To provide a wide range of options for writing, we have included responsive writing topics as well as critical writing topics in each chapter.
The writing instruction, concurrent with the literacy study, follows the widely accepted order of beginning with larger questions of content and organization and proceeding to the particular matters, such as word choice, sentence structure, and manuscript form. On the difficult matters of devising a sound thesis and discovering theme in a literary work, we provide detailed guidance. In order to furnish a clear understanding of writing as process, we produce as illustrations throughout Part I the complete protocol that one of our students followed in preparing an essay; we include samples of her prewriting, drafting, postwriting outlining, revising, editing, and final draft. In Chapter 17 on researched writing, we have included a summary of the steps another student followed in preparing her research paper on a contemporary play. Her reading notes show how she arrived at a thesis for her documented paper, which also appears. Four additional student essays are included: one illustrating the incorporation of library resources in analyzing a short story; one offers an unusual response to a poem; and two demonstrate the revising process by showing annotated first drafts, followed by finished versions.
In this revision we have further expanded the diversity of our literary selections. As always, we have been guided by the advice of our reviewers. New in this edition are three casebooks for study: the first, on Joyce Carol Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" (p. 148); the second, on love poetry through the ages (p. 459); and the third, on Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie (p. 700). Also new are guidelines for arguing an interpretation (p. 19), suggestions for using film and video when studying drama (p. 600), and a summary of current critical approaches to literature (p. 1122). We have also expanded the discussion of peer review in Chapter 3, rewritten Chapter 8 to focus on a short story by Tobias Wolff, and added a second table of contents showing the literary selections arranged by genre.
Finally, a word about our Companion Website at www.prenhall.com/mcmahan providing free access to online study resources. It now includes author photos; study questions designed to enhance understanding; a writing-about-literature section offering prompts for setting up an outline; a number of author links for research; a time line for the literary selections providing historical, political, and cultural context; and a .major technological improvement: a navigational bar allowing users to go directly to an author's last name to find information rather than searching by chapter. A "Web Link" icon placed in the margins throughout the text alerts students that there are additional resources on the Website to support the instruction in the text.
Another electronic feature that instructors will find valuable is www turnitin.com. This online service makes it easy for teachers to find out if students are copying their assignments from the Internet and is now free to professors using Literature and the Writing Process, Sixth Edition. Besides helping educators easily identify instances of web-based student plagiarism, Turnitin.com also offers digital archiving system and an online peer review service. Professors set up a "drop box" at the Turnitin.com website where their students submit papers. Turnitin.com then cross references each submission with millions of possible online sources. Within 24 hours, teachers receive a customized, color-coded "Originality Report," complete with live links to suspect Internet locations, for each submitted paper. To access this site for free, professors must visit the site via the faculty resources section of the Companion Website at www.prenhall.com/mcmahan.
Our sincere thanks go to the reviewers who helped us craft this sixth edition: Ann Brickhouse, University of Colorado, Boulder; John Christie, Capital Community College; Barbara Goldstein, Hillsborough Community College; Sarah H. Harrison, Tyler Junior College; Donna L. Pasternak, Marshall University; Michael Steinman, Nassau Community College.
Thanks also to the excellent Prentice Hall staff, who have cooperated at every step in preparing this new edition: our editor, Carrie Brandon; her editorial assistant, Tom DeMarco; Senior Managing Editor Mary Rottino; and Production Editor Randy Pettit.
To Dan LeSeure, Brian Carter, and Bill Weber: our warm appreciation for supporting us with patience,
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McMahan, Elizabeth :
Elizabeth McMahan, (Emerita) Illinois State University
Day, Susan X. : Iowa State University
Funk, Robert :
Robert Funk, (Emeritus) Eastern Illinois University
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