Literature: Approaches to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-10-09
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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Like its larger counterpart, the compactLiterature: Approaches to Fiction, Poetry, and Dramaby Robert DiYanni features student-centered approaches to literature--from experience to interpretation to evaluation--and an emphasis on making connections between texts and thinking critically about literature.Known for its clear presentation of the formal elements of literature and literary analysis, this compact anthology effectively balances classic, modern, and contemporary works across the three major genres, blending well-known writers with a diverse gathering of newer, international figures. This literary breadth is supplemented by extensive coverage of writing about literature, making this book an excellent text for introduction to literature courses as well as literature-based composition courses.

Table of Contents

signifies new work or section Introduction Reading (and Writing About) Literature Reading Literature
The Pleasures of Fiction
The Dog and the Shadow Learning to Be Silent
Reading the Parable in Context
The Pleasures of Poetry Robert Frost, Dust of Snow
Reading Frost's Poem in Context
The Pleasures of Drama
Reading a Play in Context Understanding Literature
Reading in Context Writing About Literature Reasons for Writing About Literature Ways of Writing About Literature
The Writing Process Stephen Crane, War Is Kind
Reading Stories Luke
The Prodigal Son
The Experience of Fiction
The Interpretation of Fiction Reading in Context
The Evaluation of Fiction John Updike A & P
The Act of Reading Fiction Kate Chopin
The Story of an Hour
Types of Short Fiction
Early Forms: Parable, Fable, and Tale Aesop
The Wolf and the Mastiff Petronius
The Widow of Ephesus
The Short Story
The Nonrealistic Story
The Short Novel
The Elements of Fiction
Plot and Structure Frank O'Connor, Guests of the Nation Character Kay Boyle, Astronomer's Wife Setting Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh Point of View William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily Language and Style James Joyce, Araby Theme Eudora Welty, A Worn Path Irony and Symbol D.H. Lawrence
The Rocking-Horse Winner
Writing About Fiction
Reasons for Writing About Fiction Informal Ways of Writing About Fiction Annotation Katherine Anne Porter, Magic Freewriting Formal Ways of Writing About Fiction Student Papers on Fiction Questions for Writing about Fiction Suggestions for Writing
Three Fiction Writers in Context
Reading Edgar Allan Poe and Flannery O'Connor Questions for In-Depth Reading
Edgar Allan Poe in Context
Poe and Journalism
Poe and the Horror Story
Poe and the Detective Story
The Dimension of Style
Edgar Allan Poe: Stories
The Black Cat
The Cask of Amontillado
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Purloined Letter
Writer Inspired
Joyce Carol Oates, Artist
Edgar Allan Poe: Essays
Critics on Poe
Flannery O'Connor in Context
Southern Gothics
The Catholic Dimension
O'Connor's Irony Flannery O'Connor: Stories Good Country People A Good Man Is Hard to Find Everything That Rises Must Converge
The Life You Save May Be Your Own
Writer Inspired by Flannery O'Connor Mary Hood, How Far She Went Flannery O'Connor: Essays and Letters Critics on O'Connor
A Collection of Short Fiction
Sherman Alexis, Indian Education
Margaret Atwood, Happy Endings
Toni Cade Bambara
The Lesson
Charles Baxter, Gryphon Jorge Luis Borges
The Garden of Forking Paths Translated by
The Kiss Translated by Constance Garnett
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Winter Dreams Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wi
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