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Writing About Literature - 11th edition

by Edgar V. Roberts

Writing About Literature (ISBN10: 0131540572; ISBN13: 9780131540576)
ISBN13: 978-0131540576
ISBN10: 0131540572

Summary: Appropriate for any college course or advanced placement course that emphasizes writing about literature.

Message: Writing about Literature serves as a hands-on guide for writing about literature, thus justifying the integration of literature and composition. The reading of literature encourages students to think, and the use of literary topics gives instructors a viable way to combine writing and literary study.

Story: When Ed Roberts first wr moreote Writing about Literature many years ago, he was responding to a direct need in his classroom. He realized that there was a direct connection between the way he made his assignments and the quality of student work he received. The more he described to his students what he wanted, and the longer he explained things, the better the final essays turned out to be. That's when he started to write and hand out directions, thus saving him valuable classroom time. He tried and tested each assignment in a number of separate classes, and he has made innumerable changes and improvements based on both student questions and student writing. To this day, each new edition is revised and tweaked based on professors' needs.

Is writing the primary objective in this course?

  • Chapters are set up as essay assignments that are relevant to all genres. Each chapter contains discussion of a literary approach, suggestions for writing, together with an illustrative essay or essays showing how students might deal with the approach.
    • Detailed writing instruction produces better student papers.
  • Fulfills the requirement for composition.
    • Meets the need of students to develop writing skills based on written texts and enables English faculty to teach literature while meeting their responsibility to teach writing skills.
  • Illustrative essays represent a full treatment of each of the various topics and are kept within the approximate lengths of most assignments in undergraduate courses.
    • Provide students with suggestions and guidance for thematic development.
Is flexibility in teaching your course important to you?
  • Chapters are designed to be flexible and can be assigned according to your objectives and needs. The chapters are arranged in order of increasing difficulty, but no matter how the chapters are used, the two parts-discussion and illustration-enable students to improve their skills as readers and writers.
    • Allows faculty to teach their course however they'd like.
  • Appendix C is an anthology. Selections new to the 11th edition are Coleman's "Unfinished Masterpieces," Twain's "Luck," Brooks's "We Real Cool," Browning's "My Last Duchess," Browning's "Porphyria's Lover," Frost's "The Road Not Taken," Hughes's "Theme for English B," and Salinas's "In a Farmhouse."
  • The works in the anthology can be mixed and matched to accompany the writing assignments.
Are your students new to the study of literature? What other tools does this book have to acquaint these students with literature?
  • NEW Chapter on close reading- A preliminary technique for all students just beginning the actual study of literature.
  • Appendix A contains brief descriptions of important critical approaches such as New Criticism, structuralism, feminism, deconstructionism, and reader-response criticism.
  • A glossary helps students acquaint themselves with important literary terms and concepts.
    • Invaluable in preparing for students preparing for entrance exams and the GRE.
New To This Edition
  • Chapter 1, ''Preliminary: The Process of Reading, Responding to, and Writing about Literature,'' has been revised.
    • Addition of drawings will prove helpful to students beginning to write about literature on a serious level.
  • Chapter on imagery (Chapter 8) and chapter on prosody (Chapter 13) restored based on instructor feedback.
    • Students develop a more vital understanding and appreciation of poetry through their close analysis of sounds than they had previously gained in their years as readers.
  • Chapter 16, ''Writing about a Work in its Historical, Intellectual and Cultural Context'' restored and rewritten.
    • Fully reflects the increasing pluralization of our society
  • New chapter on close reading (Chapter 2)
    • A preliminary technique for all students just beginning the actual study of literature.
  • Chapters 2 through 7 reorganized.
    • These six chapters, all of which are suitable for fiction and three of which are suitable for drama, are now arranged in the order of close reading, character, point of view, plot and structure, setting and idea or theme. less

Edition/Copyright: 11TH 06
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 08/11/2005
International: No

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