REVEL for Literature and the Writing Process -- Access Card

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  • Edition: 11th
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  • Copyright: 2016-06-30
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Great literature is always thought provoking, always new – why not use it to improve students’ writing skills and sharpen critical thinking? REVEL™ for Literature and the Writing Process combines an introductory anthology with detailed instruction in the writing process. By seamlessly integrating literature and composition into one multi-purpose text, the authors enable students to enjoy, understand, and learn from imaginative literature – and to write clearly and intelligently about what they have learned. Text writing assignments use literature as a tool of critical thought, a method for analysis, and a way of communicating ideas. Careful integration of rhetorical instruction with the critical study of literature guides students through the allied processes of analytical reading and argumentative writing.  As a result, students learn how to write essays about the major features that are involved in interpreting short stories, poems, and plays.

REVEL™ is Pearson’s newest way of delivering our respected content. Fully digital and highly engaging, REVEL gives students everything they need for the course. Informed by extensive research on how people read, think, and learn, REVEL is an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience—for less than the cost of a traditional textbook.

NOTE: REVEL is a fully digital delivery of Pearson content. This ISBN is for the standalone REVEL access card. In addition to this access card, you will need a course invite link, provided by your instructor, to register for and use REVEL.


Author Biography

Elizabeth McMahan is professor emerita of English at Illinois State University. She holds a Ph.D. in nineteenth-century literature from the University of Oregon. While still in graduate school, she wrote her first book, A Crash Course in Composition, published by McGraw Hill. She has taught on every level, from freshman composition to graduate seminars, and has published critical articles on works of literature and teaching composition. She served as the director of writing programs for seven years at Illinois State University. During her academic career, she received an NDEA Title IV Fellowship, the Kester Svendson Dissertation Grant, and the 1978 Illinois Arts Council Essay Award. Since taking early retirement, she has devoted her energies to writing and revising textbooks.

Robert W. Funk taught high school for 10 years before receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in 1974. He is currently a professor of English at Eastern Illinois University and lectures in grammar, advanced composition, Shakespeare, and methods for teaching English in the secondary school. He has co-authored a number of college-level textbooks with Elizabeth McMahan and Susan Day, including Literature and the Writing Process (6th ed., 2001), The Simon & Schuster Short Prose Reader (2nd ed., 2000), Strategies for College Writing (2000)

He has also lectured at Eureka College and Richland Community College and has presented numerous workshops on composition and the teaching of literature at national and regional conferences, including CCCC and NCTE, and for state and local in-service training sessions. His current research interests include contemporary rhetoric, composition theory, and reader-response criticism.

Susan X. Day is an assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State University of Science and Technology in Ames. She pursues two research programs, one concerning personality and the development of interests, and one concerning the use of distance technology in psychotherapy. Dr. Day taught English at Illinois State University for 20 years before beginning her Ph.D. in psychology at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her specialties in English studies are writing and pedagogy, and she has done research on the practices of dissertation writers and the identity development of creative writers. In 1999, Dr. Day won the national American Psychological Association-sponsored Outstanding Graduate Student Award for excellence in scholarship and professional development in her field. She is the author and co-author of more than a dozen college textbooks in rhetoric, grammar, and literature, and her research has appeared in prestigious journals such as American Psychologist and Psychological Science.

Linda Coleman, is a Professor of English and Women's Studies, at Eastern Illinois University, and regularly teaches courses in composition, eighteenth-century literature, the novel, life-writing, women's literature, and feminist theory. She is author of several textbooks, including Professional and Public Writing, an advanced composition rhetoric and reader, and she regularly reviews manuscripts and books on gender-related topics for The Journal of American Culture. Currently, her research lies in the area of multicultural literature and pedagogy.

Table of Contents

Contents by Genre

Contents by Theme




1.        The Prewriting Process

2.        The Writing Process

3.        Writing a Convincing Argument

4.        The Rewriting Process

5.        Researched Writing


6.        How Do I Read Short Fiction?

7.        Writing About Structure

8.        Writing About Imagery and Symbolism

9.        Writing About Point of View

10.      Writing About Setting and Atmosphere

11.      Writing About Theme

12.      Critical Casebook: Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

13.      Anthology of Short Fiction

14.      A Portfolio of Science Fiction Stories

15.      A Portfolio of Humorous and Satirical Stories

16.      A Portfolio of Stories about Singular Women


17.      How Do I Read Poetry?

18.      Writing About Persona and Tone

19.      Writing About Poetic Language

20.      Writing About Poetic Form

21.      Critical Casebook: The Poetry of Langston Hughes

22.      The Art of Poetry

23.      Anthology of Poetry

24. Paired Poems for Comparison

25. A Portfolio of Poems about Work

26. A Portfolio of War Poetry

27. A Portfolio of Humorous and Satirical Poetry

28. How Do I Read a Play?

29. Writing About Dramatic Structure

30. Writing About Character

31. Critical Casebook: The Glass Menagerie: Interpreting Amanda

32. Anthology of Drama

33. A Portfolio of Humorous and Satirical Plays


34. Critical Approaches for Interpreting Literature

35. Critical Casebook: Reading and Writing About Culture and Identity

Glossary of Literary and Rhetorical Terms


Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines of Poetry

Subject Index

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