Literature and the Writing Process, 11th edition

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

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Great literature is always thought provoking, always new – why not use it to improve students’ writing skills and sharpen critical thinking? REVEL™ for Literature and the Writing Process combines an introductory anthology with detailed instruction in the writing process. By seamlessly integrating literature and composition into one multi-purpose text, the authors enable students to enjoy, understand, and learn from imaginative literature – and to write clearly and intelligently about what they have learned. Text 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 guides students through the allied processes of analytical reading and argumentative writing.  As a result, students learn how to write essays about the major features that are involved in interpreting short stories, poems, and plays.

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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

Published by Pearson (June 30th 2016) - Copyright © 2017