Literature for Composition, 11th edition

  • Sylvan Barnet, 
  • William Burto, 
  • William Cain, 
  • Cheryl Nixon

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Literature for Composition offers engaging coverage of reading, writing and arguing about literature with an emphasis on critical thinking. The authors demonstrate how strong communication skills are relevant to literature courses as well as to all courses where you must analyze texts or write arguments.

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2017

ISBN-13: 9780137498635

Subject: Literature

Category: Introduction to Literature

Table of contents

1. How to Write an Effective Essay about Literature: A Crash Course
2. What is Critical Thinking about Literature? A Crash Course
3. The Writer as Reader
4. The Reader as Writer
5. The Pleasures of Reading, Writing and Thinking about Literature

6. Close Reading: Paraphrase, Summary, and Explication
7. Analysis: Inquiry, Interpretation and Argument
8. Pushing Analysis Further: Re-Interpreting and Revision
9. Comparison and Synthesis
10. Research: Writing with Sources

11. Reading and Writing about Essays
12. Reading and Writing about Stories
13. Reading and Writing about Graphic Fiction
14. Reading and Writing about Plays
15. Reading and Writing about Poems

16. The World Around Us
17. Technology and Human Identity
18. Love and Hate, Men and Women
19. Innocence and Experience
20. All in a Day's Work
21. American Dreams and Nightmares
22. Law and Disorder
23. Journeys

Appendix A: Writing About Literature: An Overview of Critical Strategies
Appendix B: Remarks about Manuscript Form

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