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Far less expensive than comparable guides, Reading and Writing about Literature: A Portable Guideis an ideal supplement for writing courses where literature anthologies and individual literary works that lack writing instruction are assigned. This brief guideintroduces strategies for reading literature, explains the writing process and common writing assignments for literature courses, provides instruction in writing about fiction, poetry, and drama, and includes coverage of writing a research paper and of literary criticism and theory. This volume in the popular Bedford/St. Martin's series of Portable Anthologies and Guides offers a trademark combination of high quality and great value.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Reading and Writing About Literature
Why Read Literature?
Why Write about Literature?
What to Expect in a Literature Class
Literature and Enjoyment
The Role of Good Reading
The Value of Rereading
The Myth of "Hidden Meaning"
"Because I could not stop for Death" (Annotated Poem)
Using Reference Materials
Asking Critical Questions of Literature
Questions about the Text
"On My First Son" (Annotated Poem)
Questions about the Author
Questions about the Cultural Context
Questions about the Reader
Checklist for Good Reading
The Writing Process
Choosing a Topic
Developing an Argument
Gathering Support for Your Thesis
Organizing Your Paper
Drafting the Paper
Introductions, Conclusions, and Transitions
Revising and Editing
Global Revision Checklist
Local Revision Checklist
Final Editing and Proofreading
Final Editing Checklist
Peer Editing and Workshops
Tips for Writing about Literature
Using Quotations Effectively
Adding to or Altering a Quotation
Omitting Words from a Quotation
Quotations within Quotations
Quotation Marks with Other Punctuation
Quoting from Stories
Quoting from Poems
Quoting from Plays
Common Writing Assignments
"A Boy's View of 'Girl'"
"Upon Julia's Clothes"
"Poetry in Motion: Herrick's 'Upon Julia's Clothes'"
"My Last Duchess "
"Possessed by the Need for Possession: Browning's 'My Last Duchess'"
Comparison and Contrast
"Speakers for the Dead: Narrators in 'My Last Duchess' and After Death'"
"To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time"
Writing about Stories
Elements of Fiction
Point of View
Stories for Analysis
"The Yellow Wallpaper"
"The Story of an Hour" (Annotated Story)
Questions on the Stories
Sample Paper: An Essay That Compares and Contrasts
Melanie Smith, "Good Husbands in Bad Marriages"
Writing About Poems
Elements of Poetry
Sound and Sense
Two Poems for Analysis
"Sonnet 116" (Annotated Poem)
Questions on the Poem
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (Annotated Poem)
Questions on the Poem
Sample Paper: An Explication
"Shakespeare Defines Love"
Writing About Plays
Elements of Drama
Plot, Character, and Theme
Melody and Spectacle
How to Read a Play
Director's Questions for Play Analysis
Sample Paper: An Analysis
"Moral Ambiguity and Character Development in Trifles
Writing a Literary Research Paper
Working with Sources
Paraphrases and Summaries
Keeping Track of Your Sources
Writing the Paper
Refine Your Thesis
Organize Your Evidence
Start Your Draft
Edit and Proofread
Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism
What to Document and What Not to Document
Documenting Sources: MLA Format
Preparing Your Works Cited List
Sample Research Paper
"Emily Dickinson's 'Because I could not stop for Death': Challenging Readers' Expectations"
Literary Criticism and Literary Theory
Formalism and New Criticism
Feminist and Gender Criticism
Historical Criticism and New Historicism
Poststructuralism and Deconstruction
Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms
Index of Terms
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