Literature and the Writing Process, Backpack Edition

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Literature and the Writing Process Backpack Edition combines the best elements of a literature anthology with those of a handbook to guide students through the interrelated process of analytical reading and critical writing. Text writing assignments use literature as a tool of critical thought,a method for analysis, and a way of communicating ideas. This approach emphasizes writing as the focus of the book with literature as the means to write effectively. A two-part organization combines a literary anthology with composition instruction so students have everything they need at their fingertips. Some of the key features include: Writing Process in every chapter. The book reinforces writing process from prewriting, writing, ideas for writing, and rewriting in every chapter. Affordable, smaller format of our popularLiterature and the Writing Process. Expanded argument writing coverage(Ch. 3) offers more support for improving writing skills. Up-to-Date MLA coveragereflects the most current guidelines from the Modern Language Association.

Table of Contents




PART ONE                 Composing: An Overview

Chapter 1         The Prewriting Process

            Reading for Writing

                        James Joyce, “Eveline”

            Who Are My Readers?

            Why Am I Writing?

            What Ideas Should I Use?

            Discovering and Developing Ideas

            What Point Should I Make?

            How Do I Find the Theme?


Chapter 2         The Writing Process

            How Should I Organize My Ideas?

            Arguing Your Interpretation

            Developing with Details

            Maintaining a Critical Focus

            How Should I Begin?

            How Should I End?

            Composing the First Draft

            Quoting from Your Sources

            Sample Student Paper: First Draft


Chapter 3         Writing a Convincing Argument

            Interpreting and Arguing

            Organizing Your Argument

            Sample Student Essay  

                        Dagoberto Gilb, “Love in L.A.”


Chapter 4         The Rewriting Process

            What Is Revision?

            Getting Feedback: Peer Review

            What Should I Add or Take Out?

            What Should I Rearrange?

            Does It Flow?

            What Is Editing?

            What Sentences Should I Combine?

            Rearranging for Emphasis and Variety

            Which Words Should I Change?

            What Is Proofreading?

            Sample Student Paper: Final Draft


Chapter 5         Researched Writing

            Using Library Source in Your Writing

            Conducting Your Research

            Working with Sources

            Writing a First Draft

            Rewriting and Editing

            Sample Documented Student Paper

            Explanation of the MLA Documentation Style


PART TWO                Writing About Short Fiction

Chapter 6         How Do I Read Short Fiction?

            Notice the Structure

            Consider Point of View and Setting

            Study the Characters

            Look for Specialized Literary Techniques

            Examine the Title

            Investigate the Author’s Life and Times

            Continue Questioning to Discover Theme

                        Chart 6-1  Critical Questions for Reading the Short Story


Chapter 7         Writing About Structure

            What Is Structure?

            How Do I Discover Structure?

            Looking at Structure

                        Tim O’Brien, “The Things They Carried”


                        Finding Patterns


                        Grouping Details

                        Relating Details to Theme

            Ideas for Writing

                        Ideas for Responsive Writing

                        Ideas for Critical Writing

                        Ideas for Researched Writing


                        Integrating Quotations Gracefully

                                    Exercise on Integrating Quotations


Chapter 8         Writing About Imagery and Symbolism

            What Are Images?

            What Are Symbols?

                        Archetypal Symbols

                        Phallic and Yonic Symbols

            How Will I Recognize Symbols?

                        Reference Works on Symbols

            Looking at Images and Symbols

                        Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery”


                        Interpreting Symbols


                        Producing a Workable Thesis

                                    Exercise on Thesis Statements

            Ideas for Writing

                        Ideas for Responsive Writing

                        Ideas for Critical Writing

                        Ideas for Researched Writing


                        Sharpening the Introduction

            Sample Student Paper on Symbolism:  Second and Final Drafts


Chapter 9         Writing About Point of View

            What Is Point of View?

                        Describing Point of View

            Looking at Point of View

                        Alice Walker, “Everyday Use”


                        Analyzing Point of View


                        Relating Point of View to Theme

            Ideas for Writing

                        Ideas for Responsive Writing

                        Ideas for Critical Writing

                        Ideas for Researched Writing


                        Sharpening the Conclusion


Chapter 10       Writing About Setting and Atmosphere

            What Are Setting and Atmosphere?

            Looking at Setting and Atmosphere

                        Tobias Wolff, “Hunters in the Snow”


                                    Prewriting Exercise


                        Discovering an Organization

            Ideas for Writing

                        Ideas for Responsive Writing

                        Ideas for Critical Writing

                        Ideas for Researched Writing

            Rewriting: Organization and Style

                        Checking Your Organization

                        Improving the Style: Balanced Sentences

                                    Sentence Modeling Exercise


Chapter 11       Writing About Theme

            What Is Theme?

            Looking at Theme

                        Flannery O'Connor, “Good Country People”


                        Figuring Out Theme

                        Stating the Theme


                        Choosing Supporting Details

            Ideas for Writing

                        Ideas for Responsive Writing

                        Ideas for Critical Writing

                        Ideas for Researched Writing


                        Achieving Coherence

                        Checking for Coherence

            Editing: Improving Connections

                        Repeat Words and Synonyms

                        Try Parallel Structure


Anthology of Short Fiction

            Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

                        “The Birthmark”

            Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

                        “The Story of an Hour”

            Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)


            D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

                        “The Rocking-Horse Winner”

            William Faulkner (1897-1962)

                        “A Rose for Emily”

            Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

                        “Hills Like White Elephants”

            John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

                        “The Chrysanthemums”

            Richard Wright (1908-1960)

                        “The Man Who Was Almost a Man”

            Eudora Welty (1909-2001)

                        “Why I Live at the P. O.”

            Tillie Olsen (1913-2007)

                        “I Stand Here Ironing”

            Hisaye Yamamoto (1921-    )

                        “Seventeen Syllables”

            John Updike (1932-2009)

                        “A & P”

            Joyce Carol Oates (1928-   )

                        “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

            Raymond Carver (1938-1988)

                        “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love”

            Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995)

                        “The Lesson”

            Bharati Mukherjee (1940-    )

                        “A Father”

            Louise Erdrich (1954-    )

                        “The Red Convertible   “


PART THREE Writing About Poetry

Chapter 12       How Do I Read Poetry?

            Get the Literal Meaning First: Paraphrase

            Make Associations for Meaning

                                    Chart 12-1  Critical Questions for Reading Poetry


Chapter 13       Writing About Persona and Tone

            Who Is Speaking?

            What Is Tone?

                        Recognizing Verbal Irony

            Describing Tone

            Looking at Persona and Tone

                        Theodore Roethke, “My Papa’s Waltz”

                        Thomas Hardy, “The Ruined Maid”

                        W. H. Auden, “The Unknown Citizen”

                        Edmund Waller, “Go, Lovely Rose”

                        Dorothy Parker, “One Perfect Rose”


                        Asking Questions About the Speaker in “My Papa's Waltz”

                        Devising a Thesis

                        Describing the Tone in “The Ruined Maid”

                        Discovering a Thesis

                        Describing the Tone in “The Unknown Citizen”

                        Discovering a Thesis

                        Discovering Tone in “Go, Lovely Rose”

                        Discovering Tone in “One Perfect Rose”


                        Explicating and Analyzing

            Ideas for Writing

                        Ideas for Responsive Writing

                        Ideas for Critical Writing

                        Ideas for Researched Writing


                        Quoting Poetry in Essays

            Sample Student Response on Persona and Tone

                        Analyzing the Student Response


Chapter 14       Writing About Poetic Language

            What Do the Words Suggest?

                        Connotation and Denotation

                        Figures of Speech

                        Metaphor and Simile






            Looking at Poetic Language

                        Walt Whitman, “A Noiseless Patient Spider”

                        William Shakespeare, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?”

                        Kay Ryan, “Turtle”

                        Hayden Carruth, “In the Long Hall”

                        Donald Hall, “My Son My Executioner”


                        Examining Poetic Language


                        Comparing and Contrasting

            Ideas for Writing

                        Ideas for Responsive Writing

                        Ideas for Critical Writing

                        Ideas for Researched Writing

            Rewriting: Style

                        Choosing Vivid, Descriptive Terms

                        Finding Lively Words

                                    Exercise on Diction

            Sample Student Paper on Poetic Language: Second and Final Drafts

                                    Comparison Exercise


Chapter 15       Writing About Poetic Form

            What Are the Forms of Poetry?

                        Rhythm and Rhyme

                                    Chart 15-1 Rhythm and Meter in Poetry

                        Alliteration, Assonance, and Consonance

                                    Exercise on Poetic Form

                        Stanzas: Closed and Open Form

                        Poetic Syntax

                        Visual Poetry

            Looking at the Forms of Poetry

                        Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool”

                        A. E. Housman, “Eight O’Clock”

                        E. E. Cummings, “anyone lived in a pretty how town”

                        Wole Soyinka, “Telephone Conversation”

                        Robert Frost, “The Silken Tent”

                        Billy Collins, “Sonnet”

                        Roger McGough, “40-----Love”


                        Experimenting with Poetic Forms


                        Relating Form to Meaning

            Ideas for Writing

                        Ideas for Expressive Writing

                        Ideas for Critical Writing

                        Ideas for Researched Writing

            Rewriting: Style

                        Finding the Exact Word

                                    Exercises on Diction

            Sample Student Paper on Poetic Form



Anthology of Poetry

     William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

                        “That Time of Year Thou Mayst in Me Behold”

            John Donne (1572-1631)

                        “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”

            Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) 

                        “To His Coy Mistress”

            John Keats (1795-1821)

                        “Ode on a Grecian Urn”

            Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

                        “Song of Myself” (Section 11)

            Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

                        “Dover Beach”

            Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

                        “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”

                        “Wild Nights–Wild Nights!”

            A. E. Housman (1859-1936)

                        “To an Athlete Dying Young”

            William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

                        “Sailing to Byzantium”

            Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

                        “Richard Cory”

            Robert Frost (1874-1963)


            D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)


            T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

                        “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

            Claude McKay (1890-1948)


            Jean Toomer (1894-1967)


            Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

                        “Harlem (A Dream Deferred)”

                        “Theme for English B”

            Stevie Smith (1902-1971)

                        “Not Waving but Drowning”

            Countee Cullen (1903-1946)


            Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)

                        “I Knew a Woman”

            Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)

                        “One Art”

            May Sarton (1912-1995)


            Octavio Paz (1914-1998)

                        “The Street”

            Dudley Randall (1914-2000)

                        “Ballad of Birmingham”

            Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

                        “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”

            Gwendolyn Brooks (1917- 2000)

                        “The Bean Eaters”

            Anne Sexton (1928-1974)

                        “You All Know the Story of the Other Woman”

            Adrienne Rich (1929-     )

                        “Aunt Jennifer's Tigers”

            Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)


            John Updike (1932-2009)

                        “Ex-Basketball Player”

            Marge Piercy (1936-    )

                        “Barbie Doll”

            Lucille Clifton (1936-    )

                        “homage to my hips”

            Seamus Heaney (1939-    )


            Billy Collins (1941-    )

                        “Introduction to Poetry”

            Susan Ludvigson (1942-    )

                        “Inventing My Parents”

            Sharon Olds (1942-    )

                        “Sex Without Love”

            Gina Valdes (1943-    )

                        “My Mother Sews Blouses”     

            Rita Dove (1952-    )


            Alberto Ríos (1952-    )

                        “In Second Grade Miss Lee I Promised Never to Forget You and I Never Did”

            Jimmy Santiago Baca (1952-    )

                        “There Are Black”

            Judith Ortiz Cofer (1952-    )

                        “Latin Women Pray”

            Dorianne Laux (1952-    )

                        “What I Wouldn’t Do”

            Martín Espada (1957-    )



Paired Poems for Comparison

            Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

                        “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”

            Sir Walter Raleigh (1552?-1618)

                        “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd”


            Robert Browning (1812-1889)

                        “My Last Duchess”

            Gabriel Spera (1966-    )

                        “My Ex-Husband”


            Robert Hayden (1913-1980)

                        “Those Winter Sundays”

            George Bilgere (1951-    )

                        “Like Riding a Bicycle”


A Portfolio of War Poetry

            Richard Lovelace (1618-1657)

                        “To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars”

            Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

                        “War Is Kind”

            Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

                        “Dulce et Decorum Est”

            E. E. Cummings (1894-1962)

                        “next to of course god america i"

            Peg Lauber (1938-    )

            “Six National Guardsmen Blown Up Together”

Yusef Komunyakaa (1947-    )

            “Facing It”

Dwight Okita (1958-    )

            “In Response to Executive Order 9066”



 PART FOUR              Writing About Drama

Chapter 16       How Do I Read a Play?

            Listen to the Lines

            Visualize the Scene

            Envision the Action

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