Widely used in introductory literature courses as a style guide or as a supplement to anthologies, this text provides students with valuable guidelines for interpreting literature and writing essays. The text includes full-length selections as well as student essays.
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Kelley Griffith earned a BA from Wake Forest University and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania. In his 34-year teaching career at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he taught courses in composition, American literature, English literature, European literature, and literary research. In 1996 he won the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, UNCGreensboro's top honor for outstanding teaching. He is the author of two textbooks, Narrative Fiction: An Introduction and Anthology (Harcourt Brace, 1994) and Writing Essays about Literature: A Guide and Style Sheet (Wadsworth Cengage Learning), soon to appear in its ninth edition. Upon his retirement in 2002, he completed the Fine and Creative Woodworking Program at Rockingham Community College and now makes custom furniture. Examples of his work can be seen at www.sunburstfinewoodworking.com. He continues to be a deeply engaged reader of literature and maintains a strong interest in literary theory and pedagogy. On occasion he teaches non-credit courses at UNCG. In his new career he has been struck by how the skills required for interpreting and writing about literature mesh with those for operating a small business and making furniture. These skills include such things as analyzing complicated structures, doing research, solving problems, thinking systematically, and communicating clearly and persuasively to a general audience.
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Book Description Wadsworth Publishing, 2005. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Part 1: INTERPRETING LITERATURE. 1. Strategies for Interpreting Literature. Why Do People Read Literature? What Is Interpretation? How Do We Interpret? Checklist. Works Cited. 2. What is Literature? Literature Is Language. Literature Is Fictional. Literature Is True. Literature Is Aesthetic. Literature Is Intertextual. Checklist. Works Cited. 3. Interpreting Fiction. The Elements of Fiction: Theme, Point of View, Plot, Characterization, Setting, Irony, Symbolism. Other Elements. Checklist. Works Cited. 4. Interpreting Drama. The Nature of Drama. The Elements of Drama: Plot, Characterization, Setting, Theme, Irony. Subgenres. Checklist. Works Cited. 5. Interpreting Poetry. What Is Poetry? Sense in Poetry: Elements that Convey Meaning. Getting Started: Reading a Poem the First Time, Diction, Syntax, Characterization, point of view, plot, and setting, Imagery: Descriptive Language, Imagery: Figurative Language, Symbolism. The Sound of Poetry: Musical Elements; Rhythm, Word Sounds, Structure. Sight: The Visual Qualities of Poetry. Checklist. Works Cited. 6. Specialized Approaches to Interpreting Literature. Literary Theory and Criticism. Places for Interpretation. The Work; New Criticism, Structuralism, Deconstruction, Archetypal Criticism. The Author; Historical and Biographical Criticism, New Historicist Criticism. The Reader; Reader-Response Criticism. All of Reality; Marxist Criticism, Psychological Criticism, Feminist and Gender Criticism. Works Cited. Part 2: WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE. 7. Strategies for Writing about Literature. Why Write about Literature? How Can You Write about Literature? The Writing Process. 8. Choosing Topics. Preliminary Steps in Choosing a Topic; Be an Active Reader, Identify Your Audience, Raise Questions about the Work, Narrow Your Topic. Search Strategies; Focus on the Work''s Conventions (Its Formal Qualities), Use Topoi (Traditional Patterns of Thinking), Respond to Comments by Critics, Draw from Your Own Knowledge. Talking and Writing Strategies; Talk Out Loud, Make Outlines, Freewrite, Brainstorm, Make Notes, Keep a Journal. Sample Essay about Literature; Michelle Henderson, "Paradise Rejected in Homer''s ODYSSEY," Comments on the Essay. Checklist. Works Cited. 9. Drafting the Essay. The Argumentative Nature of Interpretive Essays. The Structure of Essays about Literature; The Argumentative Structure, The Rhetorical Structure. Guidelines for Writing First Drafts; Keep in Mind the Needs of Your Audience, Avoid Extreme Subjectivity (Overuse of "I"), Draw Up a Rough Outline, Begin Writing, Use Sound Deductive Reasoning, Support Key Claims with Facts, Use Sound Inductive Reasoning, Define Key Terms, Organize Evidence According to a Coherent Plan, Make Comparisons Complete and Easy to Follow. Checklist. Works Cited. 10. Revising and Editing. Revise Throughout the Writing Process. Revise for the Final Draft. Write a Clear and Readable Prose Style. Have Other People Read and Respond to Your Draft. Edit the Final Draft. Rules of Usage. Quotations. Other Rules of Usage Related to Essays about Literature. Physical Format. Sample Essay in Two Drafts: Jennifer Hargrove, "A Comparison of Mary and Warren in Robert Frost''s ''The Death of the Hired Man,''" Comments on Both Drafts. Checklist. 11. Documentation and Research. Primary Sources. Secondary Sources. Research Papers and the Use of Secondary Sources. How to Find Information and Opinion about Literature. I. Library Catalogs and Stacks, II. Library Reference Room, III. Library Periodicals Room and Stacks, IV. Information and Opinion on the Internet, Evaluating the Quality of Web Sites. Giving Credit to Sources; Why Should You Give Credit? When Should You Give Credit? Where Should You Give Credit? Correct Documentary Form, Guidelines for Parenthetical Citations, Guidelines for Footnotes and Endnotes, Guidelines and Form for the "Works Cited" List: General Rules, Sample Entries for B. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_1413003958
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