Literature: The Human Experience Shorter Edition Reading and Writing

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  • Edition: 9th
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  • Copyright: 2006-08-07
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
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For its broad range of engaging literature and flexible arrangement at the lowest net price, the shorter edition ofLiterature: The Human Experienceis a classroom favorite, now with more help for reading literature and an emphasis on global ideas. Selections are carefully chosen and arranged around the classic themes of humanity, such asLove and Hate and Culture and Identity, to help students connect what they read to their own life experiences. The shorter edition offers more selections from around the globe and new ways to open students' eyes to a broader world literature.

Author Biography

RICHARD ABCARIAN (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is a professor of English emeritus at California State University, Northridge, where he taught for 37 years. During his teaching career, he won two Fulbright professorships. In addition to editing Literature: The Human Experience and the compact edition, he is the editor of a critical edition of Richard Wright's A Native Son, as well as several other literature text books.

MARVIN KLOTZ (Ph.D., New York University) is a professor of English emeritus at California State University, Northridge, where he taught for 33 years and won Northridge's distinguished teaching award in 1983. He is also the winner of two Fulbright professorships (in Vietnam and Iraq) and was a National Endowment for the Arts Summer Fellow twice. In addition to editing Literature: The Human Experience and several other textbooks, he coauthored a guide and index to the characters in Faulkner's fiction.

Table of Contents

       Emily Dickinson, There Is No Frigate Like A Book
  Why We Read Literature
  Reading Actively
  Reading and Thinking Critically
  Reading Fiction
    The Methods of Fiction
       Point of View
    Exploring Fiction
  Reading Poetry
       Walt Whitman, When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
    Word Choice
    Figurative Language
    The Music of Poetry
    Exploring Poetry
  *Annotating While You Read
       *William Shakespeare, Sonnet 29
       *Edward Arlington Robinson, How Annandale Went Out
  Reading Drama
    Stages and Staging
    The Elements of Drama
       Dramatic Irony
       Plot and Conflict
    Exploring Drama
  Reading Essays
    Types of Essays
       Narrative Essays
       Descriptive Essays
       Expository Essays
       Argumentative Essays
    Analyzing the Essay
       The Thesis
       Structure and Detail
       Style and Tone
    Exploring Essays
  Responding to Your Reading
    Keeping a Journal
    Exploring and Planning
       Asking Good Questions
       Establishing a Working Thesis
       Gathering Information
       Organizing Information
  Drafting the Essay
    Refining Your Opening
    Supporting Your Thesis
  Revising the Essay
    Editing Your Draft
       Selecting Strong Verbs
       Eliminating Unnecessary Modifiers
       Making Connections
    Proofreading Your Draft
  Some Common Writing Assignments
    Comparison and Contrast
  The Research Paper
    An Annotated Student Research Paper
  Some Matters of Form and Documentation
       Brackets and Ellipses
       Quotation Marks and Other Punctuation
       Documenting Internet Sources
  A Checklist for Writing about Literature
    LOOKING AHEAD: Questions for Thinking and Writing
    Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown
    James Joyce, Araby
    Ernest Hemingway, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
    Flannery O'Connor, Good Country People
    Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson
    *Haruki Murakami, On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning
    Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street
    William Blake, The Chimney Sweeper
    William Blake, The Tyger
    William Blake, The Garden of Love
    John Keats, On First Looking into Chapman's Homer
    Robert Browning, My Last Duchess
    Emily Dickinson, I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
    Thomas Hardy, The Ruined Maid
    Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spring and Fall
    A. E. Housman, When I Was One-and-Twenty
    William Butler Yeats, Leda and the Swan
    Robert Frost, Birches
    Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
    Stevie Smith, Not Waving but Drowning
    Countee Cullen, Incident
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Constantly Risking Absurdity
    Philip Larkin, This Be the Verse
    Philip Larkin, A Study of Reading Habits
    Peter Meinke, Advice to My Son
    Robert Mezey, My Mother
    *June Jordan, Memo:
    *Rosemary Catacalos, David Talamantez on the Last Day of Second Grade
    *Hanan Mikha'il ‘Ashrawi, Diary of an Almost-Four-Year-Old
    Molly Peacock, Our Room
    Katherine McAlpine, Plus C'est la Même Chose
    *Dana Gioia, Unsaid
    Katharyn Howd Machan, Hazel Tells LaVerne
    Sandra Cisneros, My Wicked Wicked Ways
    *John Brehm, At the Poetry Reading
    Major Jackson, Euphoria
    *Evelyn Lau, Solipsism
    Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
    *Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
    Langston Hughes, Salvation
    Bernard Cooper, A Clack of Tiny Sparks: Remembrances of a Gay Boyhood
    *Judith Ortiz Cofer, American History
    *CASEBOOK Looking Farther: Children and Parents
    *Yu Hua, Appendix (Fiction)
    *Can Xue, The Hut on the Mountain (Fiction)
    *Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Father from Asia (Poem)
    LOOKING BACK: Further Questions for Thinking and Writing
    Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener
    Franz Kafka, A Hunger Artist
    Shirley Jackson, The Lottery
    Ursula K. LeGuin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
    Harlan Ellison, "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman
    *Pauline Melville, The Sparkling Bitch
    Amy Tan, Two Kinds
    *Phyllis Wheatley, On Being Brought from Africa to America
    William Wordsworth, The World Is Too Much with Us
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses
    Emily Dickinson, Much Madness is divinest Sense
    Emily Dickinson, She rose to His Requirement
    William Butler Yeats, Easter 1916
    William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming
    William Butler Yeats, The Great Day
    *Edwin Arlington Robinson, Miniver Cheevy
    Wallace Stevens, Sunday Morning
    Claude McKay, If We Must Die
    Langston Hughes, Harlem
    W. H. Auden, The Unknown Citizen
    *Helen Sorrells, From a Correct Address in a Suburb of a Major City
    Muriel Rukeyser, Myth
    Dudley Randall, Ballad of Birmingham
    *Gwendolyn Brooks, from The Children of the Poor
    Jenny Joseph, Warning
    *Tawfiq Zayyad, Here We Shall Stay
    Marge Piercy, The Market Economy
    *Charles Simic, My Weariness of Epic Proportions
    Nikki Giovanni, Dreams
    *J. D. McClatchy, Jihad
    *Hanan Mikha'il ‘Ashwari, Night Patrol
    Carolyn Forché, The Colonel
    *Steve Earle, Rich Man's War
    Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
    Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
    Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
    CASEBOOK Looking Deeper: Literature and History
    From the U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 2
    From Dred Scott v. Sandford
    U.S. Constitution, Amendment XIV
    Jim Crow Laws
    A Call for Unity from Alabama Clergymen
    The Birmingham Truce Agreement
    *E. L. Doctorow, From Reporting the Universe: Why we are infidels
    *Salman Rushdie, Imagine There's No Heaven
    LOOKING BACK: Further Questions for Thinking and Writing
    LOOKING AHEAD: Questions for Thinking and Writing
    William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily
    James Baldwin, Sonny's Blues
    Alice Walker, Everyday Use
    Jamaica Kincaid, Girl
    *Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter
    Sherman Alexie, This is what it means to say Phoenix, Arizona
    Emily Dickinson, What Soft-Cherubic Creatures-
    Paul Laurence Dunbar, We Wear the Mask
    T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
    E. E. Cummings, The Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls
    Henry Reed, Naming of Parts
    M. Carl Holman, Mr. Z
    Etheridge Knight, Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane
    Wole Soyinka, The Telephone Conversation
    Judith Ortiz Cofer, Latin Women Pray
    *Rita Dove, Daystar
    *Cathy Song, Stamp Collecting
    Taslima Nasrin, Things Cheaply Had
    Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
    Virginia Woolf, What If Shakespeare Had Had a Sister?
    George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant
    Maya Angelou, Graduation in Stamps
    *CASEBOOK Looking Farther: Western Education and Traditional Culture
    *Abeer Hoque, Ironed Blue Sky, 88 (Essay)
    *Felix Mnthali, The Stranglehold of English Lit (Poem)
    *Es'kia Mphahlele, African Literature: What Tradition? (Essay)
    LOOKING BACK: Further Questions for Thinking and Writing
    LOOKING AHEAD: Questions for Thinking and Writing
    Kate Chopin, The Storm
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper
    Raymond Carver, What We Talk about When We Talk about Love
    Joyce Carol Oates, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
    *Robert Olen Butler, Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot (1996)
    *Sappho, With His Venom
    *Po Chu-I, Golden Bells (c. 810?)
    *Po Chu-I, Remembering Golden Bells (c. 810?)
    Anonymous, Bonny Barbara Allan
    CASEBOOK Looking Deeper: From Poetry to Song
    Christopher Marlowe, The Passionate Shepherd to his Love
    Sir Walter Raleigh, The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd
    C. Day-Lewis, Song
    William Shakespeare, It Was a Lover and his Lass
    Ben Jonson, Song, To Celia
    Robert Herrick, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
    Sir John Suckling, Song
    W. S. Gilbert, To Phoebe
    Aimee Mann, Save Me
    William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18 "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
    William Shakespeare, Sonnet 29 "When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes"
    William Shakespeare, Sonnet 129 "Th'expense of spirit in a waste of shame"
    William Shakespeare, Sonnet 130 "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun"
    John Donne, The Flea
    John Donne, Song
    John Donne, A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
    *Edmund Waller, Go, Lovely Rose!
    Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress
    *Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Song
    William Blake, A Poison Tree
    Robert Burns, A Red, Red Rose
    Walt Whitman, from Song of Myself
    Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach
    Gerard Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty
    W. B. Yeats, Politics
    Robert Frost, Fire and Ice
    Edna St. Vincent Millay, Love Is Not All
    *Dorothy Parker, One Perfect Rose
    Theodore Roethke, My Papa's Waltz
    *Theodore Roethke, I Knew a Woman
    Elizabeth Bishop, One Art
    Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays
    Anthony Hecht, The Dover Bitch
    *Wislawa Szymborska, First Love
    Carolyn Kizer, Bitch
    *Maxine Kumin, Jack
    Adrienne Rich, Living in Sin
    Sylvia Plath, Daddy
    *Audre Lorde, Power
    Lucille Clifton, There Is a Girl Inside
    *Seamus Heaney, Valediction
    Billy Collins, Sonnet
    Sharon Olds, Sex without Love
    *Jane Kenyon, Surprise
    Molly Peacock, Say You Love Me
    *Wyatt Prunty, Learning the Bicycle
    *Susan Musgrave, Right Through the Heart
    Gary Soto, Oranges
    *Jane Hirshfield, Salt Heart
    Mary Karr, Revenge of the Ex-Mistress
    *Moyra Donaldson, Infidelities
    William Shakespeare, Othello
    Susan Glaspell, Trifles
    Paul, 1 Corinthians 13
    Erich Fromm, Is Love an Art?
    Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman
    *CASEBOOK Looking Farther: Forbidden Love
    *Chinua Achebe, Marriage is a Private Affair (Fiction)
    *Nahid Rachlin, Departures (Fiction)
    *Abbas Saffari, Our Story (Poem)
    LOOKING BACK: Further Questions for Thinking and Writing
    LOOKING AHEAD: Questions for Thinking and Writing
    Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado
    Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Iván Ilych
    D. H. Lawrence, The Rocking Horse Winner
    Katherine Anne Porter, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
    *Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
    Leslie Marmon Silko, The Man to Send Rain Clouds
    Anonymous, Edward
    William Shakespeare, Sonnet 73 "That time of year thou mayst in me behold"
    William Shakespeare, Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun
    William Shakespeare, from Richard II
    William Shakespeare, from Macbeth
    William Shakespeare, from Hamlet
    John Donne, Death, Be Not Proud
    Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias
    John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn
    Emily Dickinson, After great pain, a formal feeling comes
    Emily Dickinson, I heard a Fly buzz -- when I died
    Emily Dickinson, Apparently with no surprise
    A. E. Housman, To an Athlete Dying Young
    William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium
    Edwin Arlington Robinson, Richard Cory
    Robert Frost, After Apple-Picking
    Robert Frost, Nothing Gold Can Stay
    Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost, Design
    Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est
    *E. E. Cummings, O sweet spontaneous
    Pablo Neruda, The Dead Woman
    CASEBOOK Looking Deeper: From Art to Literature
    W. H. Auden, Musee des Beaux Arts
    Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti, In Goya's Greatest Scenes
    Francisco de Goya, The Third of May, 1808, Madrid
    Anne Sexton, The Starry Night
    Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night
    Donald Finkel, The Great Wave: Hokusai
    Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa
    Thedore Roethke, Elegy for Jane
    Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
    Catherine Davis, After a Time
    Yevgeny Yevtushenko, People
    Mary Oliver, When Death Comes
    Seamus Heaney, Mid-term Break
    *Janice Mirikitani, Suicide Note
    *Adrian C. Louis, End Prayer for Mogie
    *Victor Hernandez Cruz, Problems with Hurricanes
    James Fenton, God, a Poem
    *Victoria Chang, Morning Ritual
    Woody Allen, Death Knocks
    Milcha Sanchez-Scott, The Cuban Swimmer
    John Donne, Meditation XVII, from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
    *Mark Twain, Little Bessie Would Assist Providence
    Jessica Mitford, The American Way of Death
    LOOKING BACK: Further Questions for Thinking and Writing
    Ethical Criticism
    Feminist Criticism
    Formalist Criticism
    Marxist Criticism
    Historical Criticism
    Postcolonial Criticism
    Psychoanalytic Criticism
    Reader-Response Criticism
    * new to this edition

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