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Thinking and Writing About Literature : A Text and Anthology

Thinking and Writing About Literature : A Text and Anthology - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0312248741

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ISBN13: 978-0312248741
ISBN10: 0312248741
Edition: 2ND 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Bedford Books
Published: 2001
International: No

Thinking and Writing About Literature : A Text and Anthology - 2ND 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312248741

Michael Meyer

ISBN13: 978-0312248741
ISBN10: 0312248741
Edition: 2ND 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Bedford Books
Published: 2001
International: No

Thinking and Writing about Literature puts writing first, with instruction that emphasizes the process students need to go through to write successful academic papers. Part One, Literature and the Writing Process, is a free-standing writing about literature text covering every step of the writing process, including how to use critical strategies and write from sources. Writing in Process Casebooks conclude all 13 chapters in the book, demystifying the steps students need to follow when thinking and writing about literature--and offering comprehensive, practical coverage and excellent models of the kinds of writing students will most likely be asked to do.

A comprehensive 4-genre introduction to literature gives students the tools they need to analyze and write about distinct literary forms. Part Two, Literature and Its Elements, introduces students to key elements of fiction, poetry, drama, and the essay, helping them critically read, think, and write about each specific genre. The discussion of literary elements is complemented by examples from a rich and wide variety of works that illustrate the traditions and conventions of literary art.

A thematic anthology provides motivating points of departure for student writers. Part Three, Literature and Life, is a thematic anthology organized around 5 enduring themes that students will want to write about: Home and Family, Love and Its Complications, Lessons from Life, The Natural and Unnatural, and Culture and Identity. A well-balanced range of selections -- 41 stories, 153 poems, 12 plays, and 17 essays -- includes both classic and contemporary examples of each genre, from Shakespeare and Dickinson to Alice Munro and David Henry Hwang - all readable, all teachable.

This latest offering from Michael Meyer, editor of The Bedford Introduction to Literature and The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature, is built on many of the same features that have made these three-genre introductions best-sellers-- accessible and practical explanations of the writing process and the elements of literature, well-chosen examples, literary selections that students will truly enjoy reading and writing about, practical coverage of critical theory, and thorough editorial apparatus. These trademark Meyer features make this new literature for composition book a time-tested text.

Author Bio

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 co-author (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 editor of Frederick Douglass: The Narrative and Selected Writings and the author of The Little, Brown Guide to Writing Research Papers.

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors
Introduction: Reading Literature
The Nature of Literature
Emily Dickinson, A narrow Fellow in the Grass
The Value of Literature
The Changing Literary Canon

1. Reading and Responding

The Purpose and Value of Writing About Literature
Reading the Work Responsively
Reading the Work Closely
Annotating the Text and Journal Note Taking
Annotated Text
Journal Note

WRITING IN PROCESS: Reading and First Response
Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour
Photo: Kate Chopin
Questions for Responsive Reading and Writing
A Sample Annotation
A Sample First Response
A Sample Student Response Paper: Wally Villa, Differences in Responses to Kate
Chopin's ''The Story of an Hour''

2. Writing and Revising

From Reading to Writing
Choosing a Topic
Developing a Thesis
Arguing About Literature
Organizing a Paper
Using the Thesis as an Organizing Principle
Writing a Draft
Writing the Introduction and Conclusion
Using Quotations
Revising and Editing
Questions for Writing: Revising
Manuscript Form
Types of Writing Assignments
Personal Response
Comparison and Contrast
Applying a Critical Strategy
Writing from Sources

WRITING IN PROCESS: The Thesis Statement
David Updike, Summer
Questions for Writing: Developing a Topic Into a Revised Thesis
A Sample of Brainstorming
A Sample First Thesis
A Sample Revised Thesis

3. Applying a Critical Strategy

Critical Thinking
The Literary Canon: Diversity and Controversy
Formalist Strategies
Biographical Strategies
Psychological Strategies
Historical Strategies
Literary History Criticism
Marxist Criticism
New Historicist Criticism
Cultural Criticism
Gender Strategies
Feminist Criticism
Gay and Lesbian Criticsm
Mythological Strategies
Reader-Response Strategies
Deconstructionist Strategies
Selected Bibliography
Canonical Issues
Formalist Strategies
Biographical and Psychological Strategies
Historical Strategies, Including Marxist, New Historicist, and Cultural Strategies
Gender Strategies, Including Feminist and Gay and Lesbian Strategies
Mythological Strategies
Reader-Response Strategies
Deconstructionist and Other Poststructuralist Strategies

WRITING IN PROCESS: Critical Analysis
William Faulkner, Barn Burning
PHOTO: William Faulkner
Questions for Writing: Applying a Critical Strategy
Formalist Questions
Biographical Questions
Psychological Questions
Historical Questions
Marxist Questions
New Historicist Questions
Cultural Studies Questions
Gender Studies Questions
Mythological Questions
Reader-Response Questions
Deconstructionist Questions
A Sample First Response
A Sample of Brainstorming
A Sample Student Marxist Analysis: Peter Campion, Class Issues in ''Barn Burning''

4. Writing from Sources

Choosing a Topic
Finding Sources
Annotated List of References
Electronic Sources
Online Resources for Research and Writing
Evaluating Sources and Taking Notes
Developing a Thesis and Organizing the Paper
Documenting Sources
The List of Works Cited
Parenthetical References

WRITING IN PROCESS: The Research Paper
Robert Frost, Mowing
Robert Frost, Mending Wall
Questions for Writing: Incorporating Secondary Sources
A Sample First Response
A Sample of Notetaking
A Sample of Brainstorming after Research
A Sample Student Research Paper: Stephanie Tobin, Individuality and Community in
Frost's ''Mowing'' and ''Mending Wall''

5. Reading and Writing About Fiction

The Elements
Edgar Rice Burroughs, From Tarzan of the Apes
William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily
Charles Dickens, From Hard Times
Point of View
Colette [Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette], The Hand
Raymond Carver, Popular Mechanics

WRITING IN PROCESS: Comparison and Contrast
Formula Fiction, A Composite of a Romance Tip Sheet
Photo: Romance Novel Cover
Karen van der Zee, From A Secret Sorrow
Gail Godwin, A Sorrowful Woman
Questions for Writing About Fiction
A Sample First Response
A Sample of Brainstorming
A Sample Revision: First and Second Drafts
A Sample Student Comparison and Contrast: Maya Leigh, Fulfillment or Failure? Marriage
in A Secret Sorrow and ''A Sorrowful Woman''

6. Reading and Writing About 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
Wole Soyinka, Telephone Conversation
Philip Larkin, A Study of Reading Habits
Robert Morgan, Mountain Graveyard
e. e. cummings, l(a
Anonymous, Western Wind
Suggestions for Approaching Poetry
The Elements
Denotations and Connotations
Randall Jarrell, The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
Word Order
Martín Espada, Latin Night at the Pawn Shop
Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress
Word Choice and Translations
Two Translations of Neruda's ''Juventud''
Pablo Neruda, Juventud
Youth (Translated by Robert Bly)
Youth (Translated by Jack Schmitt)
Willam Carlos Williams, Poem
Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach
William Blake, London
Figures of Speech
William Shakespeare, From Macbeth (Act V, Scene v)
Simile and Metaphor
Emily Dickinson, Presentiment--is that long Shadow--on the lawn--
Other Figures
Dylan Thomas, The Hand That Signed the Paper
Janice Townley Moore, To a Wasp
J. Patrick Lewis, The Unkindest Cut
Robert Frost, Acquainted with the Night
Edgar Allan Poe, The Haunted Palace
Edwin Arlington Robinson, Richard Cory
Sounds: Listening to Poetry
John Updike, Player Piano
Emily Dickinson, A Bird came down the Walk--
Robert Southey, From The Cataract of Lodore
Sound and Meaning
Gerard Manley Hopkins, God's Grandeur
Rhythm and Meter
William Wordsworth, My Heart Leaps Up
Suggestions for Scanning a Poem
Timothy Steele, Waiting for the Storm
Some Common Poetic Forms
John Keats, On First Looking into Chapman's Homer
Dylan Thomas, Do not go gentle into that good night
Open Form
e. e. cummings, in Just-
Walt Whitman, From I Sing the Body Electric

John Donne, Death Be Not Proud
Questions for Writing About Poetry
A Sample First Response
A Sample Informal Outline
A Sample Student Explication: Amy Thomas, The Use of Conventional Metaphors for
Death in John Donne's ''Death Be Not Proud''

7. Reading and Writing About Drama

Reading Drama Responsively
The Elements
Sophocles and Greek Drama
Theatrical Conventions of Greek Drama
Sophocles, Oedipus the King (Translated by Robert Fagles)
Shakespeare and Elizabethan Drama
Shakespeare's Theater
The Range of Shakespeare's Drama: History, Comedy, and Tragedy
A Note on Reading Shakespeare
William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Tennessee Williams and Modern Drama
Theatrical Conventions of Modern Drama
Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

WRITING IN PROCESS: Character Analysis
Susan Glaspell, Trifles
Questions for Writing About Drama
A Sample First Response
A Sample of Brainstorming
A Sample Student Character Analysis: William Dean, The Centrality of Trifles to Mrs. Hale

8. Reading and Writing About the Essay

Reading Essays Responsively
Types of Essays
The Elements
Voice and Tone
Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
Bernard Cooper, A Clack of Tiny Sparks: Remembrances of a Gay Boyhood
E. B. White, Once More to the Lake
K. C. Cole, Calculated Risks

Linda Chavez, Demystifying Multiculturalism
Questions for Writing About the Essay
A Sample First Response
A Sample of Brainstorming
A Sample Student Argument: April Bovet, Embrace Multiculturalism or Assimilate: A Fair Distinction?

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