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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-01-14
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Created through a "student-tested, faculty-approved" review process, LIT includes a wide selection of essential classic and contemporary readings, along with brief introductions to the literary genres, useful writing suggestions, and a down-to-earth, accessible guide to writing about literature.

Table of Contents

A Guide To Writing About Literature
Understanding Literature
Understand Imaginative Literature
Recognize Conventional Themes
Understand the Literary Canon
Luisa Valenzuela, All about Suicide
Wole Soyinka, Telephone Conversation
Interpret Literature
Evaluate Literature
Understand the Function of Literary Criticism
Checklist: Evaluating Literary Criticism
Reading and Writing about Literature
Read Literature
Maya Angelou, My Arkansas
Write about Literature
Planning an Essay
Drafting an Essay
Revising and Editing an Essay
Exercise: Two Student Papers
Student Paper: Initiation into Adulthood
Student Paper: Hard Choices
Checklist: Using Highlighting Symbols
Checklist: Using Sources
Checklist: Conventions of Writing about Literature
Writing Special Kinds of Papers
Write a Response Paper
Responding to a Short Story
Student Paper: Response to Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried"
Responding to a Poem
Write a Comparison-ContraSt. Comparing a Short Story and a Film
Student Paper: Two Cathedrals
Write an Explication
Explicating a Poem
Student Paper: A Lingering Doubt
Write a Character Analysis
Analyzing a Character in a Play
Student Paper: Linda Loman: Breaking the Mold
Write about a Work's Cultural Context
Writing about a Poem's Cultural Context
Student Paper: Dreaming of Home
Checklist: Writing a Response Paper
Checklist: Writing a Comparison-ContraSt
Checklist: Writing an Explication
Checklist: Writing a Character Analysis
Checklist: Writing about a Work's Cultural Context
Thinking Critically about Your Writing
Distinguish Fact from Opinion
Evaluate Supporting Evidence
Detect Bias in Your Writing
Understand Logic
Inductive Reasoning
Deductive Reasoning
Toulmin Logic
Recognizing Logical Fallacies
Checklist: Detecting Bias
Writing Literary Arguments
Plan a Literary Argument
Choosing a Debatable Topic
Developing an Argumentative Thesis
Defining Your Terms
Considering Your Audience
Refuting Opposing Arguments
Use Evidence Effectively
Supporting Your Literary Argument
Establishing Credibility
Being Fair
Using Visuals as Evidence
Organize a Literary Argument
Writing a Literary Argument
Student Paper: The Politics of "Everyday Use"
Checklist: Developing an Argumentative Thesis
Checklist: Being Fair
Using Sources in Your Writing
Choose a Topic
Do Exploratory Research
Narrow Your Topic
Do Focused Research
Library Research
Internet Research
Take Notes
Integrate Sources
Exercise: Integrating Quotations
Draft a Thesis Statement
Make a Formal Outline
Draft Your Paper
Evaluate a Model Literature Paper with MLA Documentation
Student Paper: And Again She Makes the Journey
Character and Act in Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path"
Checklist: Evaluating Library Sources
Checklist: Evaluating Web Sites
Documenting Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
Avoid 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
Document Sources
Parenthetical References in the Text
The Works-Cited LiSt. Content Notes
Checklist: Plagiarism and Internet Sources
Checklist: Guidelines for Punctuating Parenthetical References
Writing Essay Exams about Literature
Plan 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
Shape an Essay Exam Answer
State Your Thesis
Make a Scratch Outline
Draft and Revise an Essay Exam Answer
Model Student Essay Exam Answer
Understanding Fiction
Identify the Origins of Modern Fiction
The History of the Novel
The History of the Short Story
Define the Short Story
Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants
Understand the Boundaries of Fiction
Fiction Sampler: The Short-Short
Define the Short-Short Story
The Plot
Love and Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape
Buffalo Soldiers
55 Miles to the Gas Pump
Recognize Conflict
Recognize Stages of Plot
Recognize Order and Sequence
Graphic Story: Ben Katchor, Goner Pillow Company
The Story of an Hour
A Rose for Emily
Writing Suggestions: Plot
Checklist: Writing about Plot
Recognize Round and Flat Characters
Recognize Dynamic and Static Characters
Understand Motivation
Graphic Story: Art Spiegelman, Eye Ball
Miss Brill
Writing Suggestions: Character
Checklist: Writing about Character
Understand Historical Setting
Understand Geographical Setting
Understand Physical Setting
Graphic Story
From Persepolis
The Storm
This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona
I Stand Here Ironing
Writing Suggestions: Setting
Checklist: Writing about Setting
Point of View
Recognize First-Person Narrators
Unreliable Narrators
Recognize Third-Person Narrators
Omniscient Narrators
Limited Omniscient Narrators
Objective Narrators
Understand the Uses of Point of View
Graphic Story
From The Arrival
Big Black Good Man
The Cask of Amontillado
Barn Burning
Writing Suggestions: Point of View
Checklist: Selecting an Appropriate Point of View: Review
Checklist: Writing about Point of View
Style, Tone, and Language
Understand Style and Tone
Understand the Uses of Language
Recognize Formal and Informal Diction
Recognize Imagery
Recognize Figures of Speech
Graphic Story
A Hunger ArtiSt
A Good Man Is Hard to Find
The Things They Carried
Writing Suggestions: Style, Tone, and Language
Checklist: Writing about Style, Tone, and Language
Symbol, Allegory, and Myth
Recognize Symbols
Literary Symbols
Recognizing Symbols
Recognize Allegory
Recognize Myth
Graphic Story
From Fun Home
The Lottery
Everyday Use
Young Goodman Brown
Writing Suggestions: Symbol, Allegory, and Myth
Checklist: Writing about Symbol, Allegory, and Myth
Understand Theme
Discover a Story's Theme
Graphic Story
Two Questions
A Worn Path
Doe Season
The Rocking-Horse Winner
Writing Suggestions: Theme
Checklist: Writing about Theme
Fiction for Further Reading
Appreciate Different Kinds of Fiction
Greasy Lake
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
The Yellow Wallpaper
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Secret Lion
Two Kinds
Understanding Poetry
Identify the Origins of Modern Poetry
Define Poetry
That time of year thou mayst in me behold
Recognize Kinds of Poetry
Narrative Poetry
Lyric Poetry
Poetry Sampler: Poetry and Art
Appreciate Poems about Art
Sonnet in Primary Colors
C?zanne's Ports
Monet's "Waterlilies"
Girl Powdering Her Neck
The Tall Figures of Giacometti
The Fun Gallery
Writing Suggestions: Poetry and Art
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Identify the Speaker in the Poem
Gretel in Darkness
My Grandmother Would Rock Quietly and Hum
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