Literature for Composition : Essays, Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (with MyLiteratureLab)

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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Literature for Composition offers the finest writing and argument coverage, helpful discussions of the literary elements, compelling case studies, and a diverse array of selections. This book is based on the assumption that students in composition or literature courses should encounter first-rate writing not simply competent prose, but the powerful reports of experience that have been recorded by highly skilled writers past and present. The study of such writing offers pleasure and insight into life. It also leads to increased skill in communicating. Literature for Composition opens with five chapters devoted to reading, writing, and argument. An entire chapter on critical thinking equips students with a foundation upon which to study the chapters on the literary forms that follow. Two complete chapters cover argument, interpretation, and evaluation. An anthology organized around seven engaging themes allows instructors to structure their classes with great flexibility. Special chapters on visuals and film along with nine case studies offer additional resources.

Table of Contents

Contents by Genre
List of Illustrations
Preface to Instructors
Letter to Students
Getting Started: From Response to Argument
The Writer as Reader
Reading and Responding
Kate Chopin Ripe Figs
Reading as Re-creation
Making Reasonable Inferences
Reading with Pen in Hand
Recording Your First Responses
Identifying Your Audience and Purpose
Your Turn: A Writing Assignment
A Sample Essay by a Student: "Ripening."
The Reader as Writer
Developing a Thesis, Drafting and Writing an Argument
Pre-writing: Getting Ideas
Annotating a Text
More about Getting Ideas: A Second Story by Kate Chopin
Kate Chopin Story of an Hour
Brainstorming for Ideas for Writing
Focused Free Writing
Asking Questions
Keeping a journal
Arguing with Yourself: Critical Thinking
Arguing a Thesis
Drafting Your Argument
A Sample Draft: "Ironies in an Hour."
Revising an Argument
Outlining an Argument
Soliciting Peer Review
Final Version of the Sample Essay: "Ironies of Life in Kate Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour.'
A Brief Overview of the Final Version
Writing with a Word processor
Checklist: Writing with a Word Processor
Your Turn: Three Stories
Kate Chopin D's Baby
Kate Chopin The Storm
A Note About Literary Evaluations
Reading Literature Closely: Explication
What is Literature?
Literature and Form
Form and Meaning
Robert Frost The Span of Life
Reading in Slow Motion
A Sample Explication
Langston Hughes Harlem
Working Toward an Explication
Some journal Entries
Sample Essay by a Student (Final Version): "Langston Hughes' 'Harlem.'"
Explication as Argument 47
Checklist: Drafting an Explication
Why W trite? Purpose and Audience
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