Literature and the Writing Process, 11th edition

  • Elizabeth McMahan, 
  • Susan X. Day, 
  • Robert Funk, 
  • Linda S. Coleman

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Literature and the Writing Process combines an introductory anthology with detailed writing process instruction. By seamlessly integrating literature and composition into one multi-purpose text, the authors allow you to first enjoy, understand, and learn from imaginative literature and then write clearly and intelligently about what you've learned. Writing assignments use literature as a tool of critical thought, a method for analysis, and a way of communicating ideas. Careful integration of rhetorical instruction with the critical study of literature will guide you through the allied processes of analytical reading and argumentative writing. As a result, you'll learn how to write essays about the major features that are involved in interpreting short stories, poems, and plays.

The 11th Edition provides a variety of literary examples, across genres, to create a thought-provoking anthology designed to inform and inspire your own essays and literary critiques.

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

ISBN-13: 9780137536856

Subject: Literature

Category: Introduction to Literature



  1. The Prewriting Process
  2. The Writing Process
  3. Writing a Convincing Argument
  4. The Rewriting Process
  5. Researched Writing


  1. How Do I Read Short Fiction?
  2. Writing About Structure
  3. Writing About Imagery and Symbolism
  4. Writing About Point of View
  5. Writing About Setting and Atmosphere
  6. Writing About Theme
  7. Critical Casebook: Joyce Carol Oates's “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
  8. Anthology of Short Fiction
  9. A Portfolio of Science Fiction Stories
  10. A Portfolio of Humorous and Satirical Stories
  11. A Portfolio of Stories about Singular Women


  1. How Do I Read Poetry?
  2. Writing About Persona and Tone
  3. Writing About Poetic Language
  4. Writing About Poetic Form
  5. Critical Casebook: The Poetry of Langston Hughes
  6. The Art of Poetry
  7. Anthology of Poetry
  8. Paired Poems for Comparison
  9. A Portfolio of Poems about Work
  10.  A Portfolio of War Poetry
  11. A Portfolio of Humorous and Satirical Poetry


  1. How Do I Read a Play?
  2. Writing About Dramatic Structure
  3. Writing About Character
  4. Critical Casebook: The Glass Menagerie: Interpreting Amanda
  5. Anthology of Drama
  6. A Portfolio of Humorous and Satirical Plays


  1. Critical Approaches for Interpreting Literature
  2. Critical Casebook: Reading and Writing About Culture and Identity

Glossary of Literary and Rhetorical Terms


Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines of Poetry

Subject Index

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