Short Guide to Writing About Literature, A

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  • Edition: 11th
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  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
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Part of Longman's successful Short Guide Series,A Short Guide to Writing about Literature,11/e, emphasizes writing as a process and incorporates new critical approaches to writing about literature. The eleventh edition continues to offer students sound advice on how to become critical thinkers and enrich their reading response through accessible, step-by-step instruction. This highly respected text is ideal as a supplement to any course where writing about literature or literary studies is emphasized.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiv
Letter to Studentsp. xvii
Jumping In
Writing About Literature: A Crash Coursep. 3
The Pleasures of Reading and of Writing about Literaturep. 3
The Writing Processp. 5
A Checklist of Basic Mattersp. 9
The Writer as Reader: Reading and Respondingp. 10
Kate Chopin, Ripe Figsp. 10
The Act of Readingp. 11
Reading with a Pen in Handp. 13
Recording Your First Responsesp. 14
Audience and Purposep. 15
A Writing Assignment on Ripe Figsp. 16
The Assignmentp. 16
A Sample Essay: Images of Ripening in Kate Chopin s Ripe Figsp. 16
The Student s Analysis Analyzedp. 18
Critical Thinking and the Study of Literaturep. 19
The Reader as Writer: Drafting and Writingp. 21
Pre-writing: Getting Ideasp. 21
Annotating a Textp. 21
More about Getting Ideas: A Second Story by Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hourp. 22
Kate Chopin: The Story of an Hourp. 22
Brainstorming for Ideas for Writingp. 24
Focused Free Writingp. 25
Listingp. 26
Asking Questionsp. 27
Keeping a Journalp. 28
Critical Thinking: Arguing with Yourselfp. 29
Arriving at a Thesis and Arguing Itp. 31
Writing a Draftp. 33
A Sample Draft: Ironies in an Hourp. 33
Revising a Draftp. 35
A Checklist for Revising for Clarityp. 36
Two Ways of Outlining a Draftp. 37
A Checklist for Reviewing a Revised Draftp. 38
Peer Reviewp. 39
The Final Versionp. 41
Sample Essay: Ironies of Life in Kate Chopin s The Story of an Hourp. 41
The Analysis Analyzedp. 43
Quick Reviewp. 44
From First Responses to Final Version: Writing an Essay about a Literary Workp. 44
Two Forms of Criticism: Explication and Analysisp. 45
Explicationp. 45
A Sample Explication: Langston Hughes s Harlemp. 45
Working toward an Explication of Harlemp. 46
Some Journal Entriesp. 48
The Final Draft: Langston Hughes s Harlemp. 50
The Analysis Analyzedp. 51
Checklist: Drafting an Explicationp. 52
Analysis: The Judgment of Solomonp. 52
Thinking about Formp. 54
Thinking about Characterp. 55
Thoughts about Other Possibilitiesp. 55
Comparison: An Analytic Toolp. 57
A Checklist: Revising a Comparisonp. 60
Finding a Topicp. 60
Considering the Evidencep. 61
Organizing the Materialp. 61
Communicating Judgmentsp. 62
Review: How to Write an Effective Essayp. 63
Pre-writingp. 63
Draftingp. 64
Revisingp. 65
Editingp. 66
Editing Checklist: Questions to Ask Yourself When Editingp. 67
Other Kinds of Writing About Literaturep. 69
A Summaryp. 69
A Paraphrasep. 71
A Reviewp. 72
A Review of a Dramatic Productionp. 73
A Sample Review: An Effective Macbethp. 74
Standing Back: Thinking Critically about Literaturep. 2
Literature, Form, and Meaningp. 81
Literature and Formp. 81
Literature and Meaningp. 84
Arguing about Meaningp. 84
Form and Meaningp. 85
Robert Frost, The Span of Lifep. 85
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 88
What is Interpretation?p. 90
Interpretation and Meaningp. 90
Is the Author s Intention a Guide to Meaning?p. 91
Characteristics of a Good Interpretationp. 92
An Example: Interpreting Pat Mora s Immigrantsp. 93
Thinking Critically about Literaturep. 95
A Student Interpretation of Robert Frost s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Eveningp. 96
Sample Essay: Stopping by Woods and Going Onp. 97
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 100
What is Evaluation?p. 101
Criticism and Evaluationp. 101
Are There Critical Standards?p. 102
Morality and Truth as Standardsp. 103
Other Ways to Think about Truth and Realismp. 105
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 107
Writing About Literature: An Overviewp. 108
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