Compact Literature Reading, Reacting, Writing

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2009-01-22
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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This compact edition retains all the features that have made the full edition so successful within a smaller, affordable volume. Combining the broadest selection of readings with time-proven and class-tested instruction, LITERATURE: READING, REACTING, WRITING, Compact Seventh Edition, remains the most useful and student-friendly introduction to literature text available. The text includes a comprehensive guide to writing about literature, with full coverage of critical thinking, argument, and the writing process. Teachers themselves, authors Kirszner and Mandell take students through each step of the research and writing process, helping them to craft literary analyses and arguments and to understand that writing about literature is a process of discovery, examination, and debate.

Table of Contents

A Guide to Writing About Literature
Understanding Literature
Imaginative Literature
Conventional Themes
The Literary Canon
Luisa Valenzuela, All about Suicide
Wole Soyinka, Telephone Conversation
Interpreting Literature
Evaluating Literature
The Function of Literary Criticism
Checklist: Evaluating Literary Criticism
Reading and Writing about Literature
Reading Literature
Checklist: Using Highlighting Symbols
Maya Angelou, My Arkansas
Writing about Literature
Planning an Essay
Drafting an Essay
Revising and Editing an Essay
Checklist: Using Sources
Checklist: Conventions of Writing about Literature
Exercise: Two Student Papers
Student Paper: Initiation into Adulthood
Student Paper: Hard Choices
Writing Special Kinds of Papers
Writing a Response Paper
Checklist: Writing a Response Paper
Responding to a Short Story
Student Paper: Response Paper on Tim O+Brien+s "The Things They Carried"
Writing a Comparison-Contrast
Checklist: Writing a Comparison-Contrast
Comparing a Story and a Film
Student Paper: Two Cathedrals
Writing an Explication
Checklist: Writing an Explication
Explicating a Poem
Student Paper: A Lingering Doubt
Writing a Character Analysis
Checklist: Writing a Character Analysis
Analyzing a Character in a Play
Student Paper: Linda Loman: Breaking the Mold
Writing about a Work+s Cultural Context
Checklist: Writing about a Work+s Cultural Context
Writing about a Poem+s Cultural Context
Student Paper: Dreaming of Home
Thinking Critically about Your Writing
Distinguishing Fact from Opinion
Evaluating Supporting Evidence
Detecting Bias in Your Writing
Understanding Logic
Inductive Reasoning
Deductive Reasoning
Toulmin Logic
Recognizing Logical Fallacies
Writing Literary Arguments
Planning a Literary Argument
Choosing a Debatable Topic
Developing an Argumentative Thesis
Checklist: Developing an Argumentative Thesis
Defining Your Terms
Considering Your Audience
Refuting Opposing Arguments
Using Evidence Effectively
Supporting Your Literary Argument
Establishing Credibility
Being Fair
Using Visuals as Evidence
Organizing a Literary Argument
Writing a Literary Argument
Student Paper: The Politics of "Everyday Use"
Using Sources in Your Writing
Choosing a Topic
Doing Exploratory Research
Narrowing Your Topic
Doing Focused Research
Library Research
Internet Research
Taking Notes
Integrating Sources
Exercise: Integrating Quotations
Drafting a Thesis Statement
Making an Outline
Drafting Your Paper
Sample Literature Paper with MLA Documentation
Student Paper: And Again She Makes the Journey: Character and Act in Eudora Welty+s "A Worn Path"
Documenting Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
Avoiding Plagiarism
Document All Material That Requires Documentation
Enclose Borrowed Words in Quotation Marks
Do Not Imitate a Source+s Syntax and Phrasing
Differentiate Your Words from Those of Your Source
Checklist: Plagiarism and Internet Sources
Documenting Sources
Parenthetical References in the Text
Checklist: Guidelines for Punctuating Parenthetical References
The Works-Cited List
Content Notes
Writing Essay Exams about Literature
Planning an Essay Exam Answer
Review Your Material
Consider Your Audience and Purpose
Read through the Entire Exam
Read Each Question Carefully
Brainstorm to Find Ideas
Shaping an Essay Exam Answer
State Your Thesis
Make a Scratch Outline
Drafting and Revising an Essay Exam Answer
Sample Student Essay Exam Answer
Understanding Fiction
Origins of Modern Fiction
The History of the Novel
The History of the Short Story
Defining the Short Story
Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants
Recognizing Kinds of Fiction
Fiction Sampler: The Short-Short
Julia Alvarez, Snow
Aimee Bender, Jinx
Jorge Luis Borges, The Plot
Dave Eggers, Accident
Amanda Holzer, Love and Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape
Jamaica Kinc
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