Strategies for Reading and Arguing About Literature

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For courses in English Composition, Argumentative Writing, and Introduction to Literature.

Strategies for Reading and Arguing about Literature brings together the often divergent studies of argumentation and literature.  This textbook teaches the art of academic argumentation through a focus on classic and contemporary literature.  Using this book, students will learn, practice and master critical reading strategies, critical writing and research strategies, the essentials of academic argumentation, and basic literary theory as it relates to the development of an argument.  Concurrently, students will explore and appreciate a variety of literature ranging from the classical to the contemporary in a variety of genres and critical analyses of literary works. 

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From Francie Quaas-Berryman, Cerritos College :

 

“ [The authors] break down the reading and writing process into manageable chunks that would be very easy for students to work through. The guidelines for writing and the reading questions would be an excellent way to develop class discussions on the literary selections and help the students begin to process their ideas for writing assignments. I haven't taught this course in a while because I have been frustrated by the lack of materials.  If this text was available, I would add the course back to my schedule request again."

 

From Matt Turner Cy-Fair College

 

"[Strategies for Reading and Arguing about Literature]provides one of the most in-depth and comprehensive discussions of argument and its connection to literature that I’ve found…The argumentation here is the strongest I’ve found so far in literary anthologies...This book provides a substantial (and substantive) integration of argument. "

 

 

Strategies for Reading and Arguing about Literature teaches the art of academic argumentation through a focus on classic and contemporary literature.  This four-genre  text focuses on argumentation and the writing process in depth by taking a twofold approach.  The first approach encourages turning in to the text and creating arguments using the primary text alone while the second encourages turning out from the text and using various literary theories and secondary texts to create arguments.  The book’s philosophy is demonstrated in its five distinct parts:

 

  • Part 1 is an introduction to argument and arguing about literature with a focus on the Toulmin philosophy.
  • Part 2 focuses on reading strategies and includes a repertoire of critical reading tools to understand literary texts.
  • Part 3 incorporates traditional literary theory as a tool for exploring and generating arguments about literature. 
  • Part 4 guides students through the writing process and includes an extensive section of MLA documentation instruction and examples.   
  • Part 5 contains the anthology and is arranged in five thematic casebooks with five mini-author casebooks. 

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Book Description Longman, 2006. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Preface Alternate TOC #1: Chapter Literature Selections Alternate TOC #2: Chapter Practices and Writing Assignment Suggestions Part 1: Introduction to Argument and Arguing about Literature Chapter 1: Text as ArgumentArgument as Text Why Argue about Anything? Why We Can Argue about Literature What about Literature Is Arguable? Turning In / Turning Out Why Should We Be Concerned about Argument? What Is the Urgency that Prompts an Argument? Who Are You Trying to Influence? What Are Some Possible Audience Responses? What are some barriers the audience may create to resist the argument? What are some of the constraints within which you must work? Conclusion Chapter 2: Argument Structure and Strategies Argument Structure Claims Claim Qualifiers Evidence Kinds of Support Characteristics of Support Warrants Backing Refutation Conclusion Part 2: Reading Strategies Overview: Why Are You Reading The Process(es) of reading for pleasure vs. reading for an academic assignment Chapter 3: Reading to Understand the Text What's Going on Here? Annotation Skeleton Outline Summary Chapter 4: Exploring Your Response to a Text What's Happening Within The Reader? Photo Collage Dialogue Identifying Patterns of Response Chapter 5: Understanding a Text in Context What is the framework for this text? Personal Inventory Author Inventory Cultural/Historical Inventory Part 3: Tools and Techniques for Argument Chapter 6: Contextualizing Claims and Evidence: Turning In Making and Supporting Claims about Literature Tools for Turning In: Deconstruction Repetition Opposition Tools for Turning In: New Criticism Imagery and Symbolism Similes and Metaphors Connotation and Denotation Chapter 7: Contextualizing Claims and Evidence: Turning Out Looking Outside the Text Turning Out with a Focus on Gender Studies Turning Out with a Focus on Psychological Theory Turning Out with a Focus on Historicism Turning Out with a Focus on New Historicism Part 4: Writing Strategies Chapter 8: The Writing Process: Planning Where to Begin? Generating Hypotheses--Good Guesses Generating Content: Invention Exercises Unstructured Invention Strategies Structured Invention Strategies Finding a Focus Conclusion Chapter 9: The Writing Process: Drafting, Revising, and Editing Devising an Organizational Plan Choosing an Appropriate Style Revising and Editing Conclusion Chapter 10: Researching Arguments about Literature Becoming a Literary Detective Identifying Your Purpose Common Research Tools: Major Print Sources and Web Sites Evaluating the Credibility of Web Sources Information Gathering: Responsible Research Strategies Avoiding Plagiarism Information Processing: Reading Responsibly Using Sources Skillfully In-Text Documentation End-of-Text Documentation: Constructing a Works Cited Page Part 5: Six Thematic Casebooks Casebook 1: Me, Myself and I: Exploring Identity Poetry "I Am," John Clare "No Coward Soul Is Mine," Emily Bronte From "Song of Myself," Walt Whitman "An Agony. As Now." Amiri Baraka "Black Hair," Gary Soto "Poem about My Rights," June Jordan "Behind the Golden Son," Brandon Bowlin Fiction "A & P," John Updike "I Stand Here Ironing," Tillie Olson Drama "Beauty," Jane Martin A Closer Look: Kurt Vonnegut Interview: "The Joe and Kurt Show," Playboy Magazine Short Story: "Harrison Bergeron" Critical Essay: "The politics of Kurt Vonnegut's 'Harrison Bergeron'," Darryl Hattenhauer Casebook 2: Growing Up and Older: His and HersRites of Passage Poetry o "Grown Up," Edna St. Vincent Millay o "Anthem. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_013093853X

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