Exploring Literature : Writing and Arguing about Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Essay

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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KEY BENEFIT: Featuring culturally rich and diverse literature, this anthology weaves critical thinking into every facet of its writing apparatus and guides you through the process of crafting personal responses into persuasive arguments. The fourth edition opens with five chapters dedicated to writing and aruging about literature followed by an anthology organized around five themes with selections that range from classic to contemporary: Family and Friends; Innocence and Experience; Women and Men; Culture and Identity; and Faith and Doubt. A "Case Study in Context" at the end of every thematic section serves as a springboard for research and writing by exploring the work of significant wrters and their life and times. "Connecting Through Comparison" mini-themes in the readings chapters asks you to compare works on related topics to generate ideas for writing. MARKET: For those interested in a thematic anthology with a strong emphasis on argument.

Table of Contents

Making Connections
Participation: Personal Response and Critical Thinking
The Personal Dimension of Reading Literature Personal Response and Critical Thinking Writing to Learn
Your First Response
Checklist: Your First Response
Keeping a Journal or Reading Log
Double-Entry Journals and Logs
The Social Nature of Learning: Collaboration
Personal, Not Private Ourselves as Readers
Different Kinds of Reading
Peter Meinke, Advice to My Son Making Connections with Literature
Images of Ourselves Connecting Through Experience
Paul Zimmer, Zimmer in Grade School Connecting Through Experience
Culture, Experience, and Values Connecting Through Experience
Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays Connecting Through Experience
Marge Piercy, Barbie Doll Being in the Moment
New York Times, ldquo;Birmingham Bomb Kills 4rdquo;
Dudley Randall, Ballad of Birmingham Participating, Not Solving Using Our Imaginations The Whole and Its Parts
Communication: Writing a Response Essay The Response Essay
Checklist: The Basics of a Response Essay Voice and Writing
Voice and Response to Literature Connecting Through Experience
Countee Cullen, Incident Writing to Describe
Choosing Details
Choosing Details from Literature Connecting Through Exper
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