Literature and Ourselves : A Thematic Introduction for Readers and Writers

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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This thematically organized anthology treats literature as a continually expanding commentary on our infinitely varied lives, helping to make the connection between literature and our own unique life stories. Each of the anthology's themes-Family, Men and Women, Vulnerability, Freedom and Responsibility, Creativity, and Quest-progresses outward from reflections on the self to more universal issues. Within each theme, the readings provide a unique combination of traditional and contemporary works that highlight the diverse cultures and perspectives of our world today. A new emphasis on argumentthroughout the book is evidenced by an all new introductory section on literary argument, including an annotated student essay, and argument-oriented questions and suggestions for writing after the reading. New selectionsboth classic and contemporaryinclude 12 essays, 9 poems, 7 short stories, and 3 plays. New pieces range from Black Elk to Anton Chekhov and Todd James Pierce and from Walt Whitman to bell hooks and Julia Alvarez. New Casebooks on Robert Frost and Alice Walkerenrich the units on Men and Women and Creativity. Revised Appendix B, Writing about Film, along with an expanded focus on filmdiscusses film adaptations of literature, helping students view films with knowledge of the unique techniques available for this art form and write essays that make connections between films and literature.

Table of Contents

Reading Literature
Critical Reading: Engagement, Response, and Analysis
Engaging with a Text: Annotation
Special Feature: Sample Student Annotation of Sandra Cisneross Bread
Responding to a Text: The Readers Journal
The Readers Box
Sample Student Readers Journal
Analyzing a Text
Author-Oriented Approaches
Reader-Oriented Approaches
Text-Oriented Approaches
The Elements of the Essay
The Readers Box
Questions for Engagement, Response, and Analysis
The Elements of Fiction
Point of View
The Readers Box
Questions for Engagement, Response and Analysis
Short Stories
The Elements of Poetry
Situation and Speaker
Structure and Sound
The Readers Box
Questions for Engagement, Response, and Analysis
The Elements of Drama
Dialogue and Stage Directions
The Readers Box
Questions for Engagement Response, and Analysis
Writing About Literature
Critical Writing: Argument
Steps for Writing Arguments about Literature
Step One: Establishing Purpose and Audience
Debatable Topics
Step Two: Generating a Working Thesis
Pre-Writing Strategies
The Writers Box
Sample Student Brainstorming
Clustering and Listing
Honing the Thesis
Step Three: Gathering Evidence
Primary Source Evidence
Secondary Source Evidence
Step Four: Drafting, Revising, and Editing
Writing the Introduction
Crafting Body Paragraphs and Making Transitions
Concluding Well
Integrating Source Evidence
The Writers Box
Avoiding Common Pitfalls at the Drafting Stage
Revising and Editing
The Writers Box
Avoiding Common Pitfalls in the Editing Stage
Sample Student Paper
Thematic Anthology
Writing about Family
Joan Didion, On Going Home
Bill Cosby, from Fatherhood
Bramare:(Archaic) To Yearn for
A Domestic Dilemma
Sonnys Blues
A Christmas Memory
Joyce Carol Oates, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
ShermanAlexie, Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play TheStar-Spangled Bannerat Woodstock
A Prayer for My Daughter
Theodore Roethke, My Papas Waltz Gwendolyn Brooks
The Mother Sylvia Plath
My Father Is a Simple Man Nikki Giovanni, Nikki-Rosa
The Gift
Future Connected By Drama
Casebook on August Wilson August Wilson Fences
The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson
Boundaries, Logistics, and Identity
The Property of Metaphor in Fencesand Joe Turners Come and Gone
Filling the Time: Reading History in the Drama of August Wilson
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