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 uses literature to improve writing skills and critical thinking. It integrates literature and composition into one multi-purpose text, helping you learn to write essays about the major features that are involved in interpreting short stories, poems, and plays.

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

ISBN-13: 9780137536856

Subject: Literature

Category: Introduction to Literature

Table of contents

Contents by Genre

Contents by Theme




1.        The Prewriting Process

2.        The Writing Process

3.        Writing a Convincing Argument

4.        The Rewriting Process

5.        Researched Writing


6.        How Do I Read Short Fiction?

7.        Writing About Structure

8.        Writing About Imagery and Symbolism

9.        Writing About Point of View

10.      Writing About Setting and Atmosphere

11.      Writing About Theme

12.      Critical Casebook: Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

13.      Anthology of Short Fiction

14.      A Portfolio of Science Fiction Stories

15.      A Portfolio of Humorous and Satirical Stories

16.      A Portfolio of Stories about Singular Women


17.      How Do I Read Poetry?

18.      Writing About Persona and Tone

19.      Writing About Poetic Language

20.      Writing About Poetic Form

21.      Critical Casebook: The Poetry of Langston Hughes

22.      The Art of Poetry

23.      Anthology of Poetry

24.      Paired Poems for Comparison

25.      A Portfolio of Poems about Work

26.      A Portfolio of War Poetry

27.      A Portfolio of Humorous and Satirical Poetry

28.      How Do I Read a Play?

29.      Writing About Dramatic Structure

30.      Writing About Character

31.      Critical Casebook: The Glass Menagerie: Interpreting Amanda

32.      Anthology of Drama

33.      A Portfolio of Humorous and Satirical Plays


34.      Critical Approaches for Interpreting Literature

35.      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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