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This thematic introduction to literature is distinguished by its inclusion of both traditional and contemporary writers, writers from the British and American tradition, ethnic writers from the United States, and writers from other cultures. A newly revised pedagogy highlights brevity, clarity, and accuracy, providing simple and effective strategies for reading and writing about literature. Readers are asked to observe, reflect on, and comment upon the social, political, and cultural aspects of the literature being examined in order to develop a thorough understanding without filtering through too much technical writing. The literature itself is organized thematically into units, each including stories, poems, and plays arranged in clusters to provoke personal, analytical, and critical responses. For those interested in studying literature from other cultures.
Table of Contents
Preface for Instructors
Preface for Students
Introduction: Reading and Writing as a Social Act
The Meaning of Literature
The Function of Literature
Strategies for Reading Literature: A Step-by-Step Guideline
Step 1: Previewing
Step 2: Highlighting
Step 3: Annotating
Guided Reading: Kate Chopin, "The Story of an Hour."
Strategies for Writing about Literature
Sample Reading: Sherwood Anderson, "Hands."
Step 1: Generating Ideas
Step 2: Finding a Thesis
Step 3: Organizing the Essay: A Formal Outline
Step 4: Writing a Rough Draft with Peer Editing
Step 5: Revising
Strategies for Preparing the Final Draft
Writing the Final Draft
Origins and Insights
And the Soul Shall Dance
Roman Fever, Edith Wharton
Father and I
The Sky Is Gray
Young Goodman Brown
The Allegory of the Cave
From Imaginary Homelands
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Warm heart contains life
In the Tree House at Night
During a Son's Dangerous Illness
A Breeze Swept Through
If I could only live at the pitch that is near madness
Poem for My Father
Those Winter Sundays
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Topics for Discussion and Writing
Gender and Identity
The Revolt of "Mother,"
A Respectable Woman
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