Three Genres: Writing Fiction/Literary Nonfiction, Poetry, and Drama, 8th Edition
©2007 |Pearson | Out of print
Stephen Minot, University of New Mexico
©2007 |Pearson | Out of print
Ensures that students are never left with abstract principles that are not illustrated.
Provides practical advice for submitting materials for publication.
Provides a convenient starting place for students interested in more in-depth study.
Introduces students to the various approaches as well as uses
Encourages students to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their own work when revising; provides a positive approach to the discussion of work in class; and, it offers instructors a convenient resource for augmenting their comments on student work, urging them to review specific topics such as thematic unity in poetry, irony in fiction, or dramatic impact in a play.
1. Literary nonfiction has been added as a separate but closely linked portion of the fiction section. This permits a close analysis of the contrasts between the personal essay and fiction, contrasts not addressed in any other text.
2. The Fiction/Literary Nonfiction section has been placed first (rather than poetry) to match the order in a majority of college and university courses.
3. A new chapter has been added: "Poems for Self-study." Twelve new poems not analyzed or discussed anywhere in the text to encourage self-study and classroom discussion.
4. Fifteen new poems have been added for use as illustrations of specific poetic techniques.
5. Two New Stories illustrating fictional techniques.
6. Two new plays including the winner of a national search for new dramas.
7. The "Trouble shooting" sections formerly placed in an appendix are now placed at the end of each of the three sections for handy use by students or by instructors in their critiques of student work. Instructors are encouraged to incorporate these when writing critiques of student work.
8. The Headnotes at the beginning of each chapter have been redesigned and include page references for each topic listed.
9.The Glossary/Index has been expanded making it the most complete of any text in the field. All literary terms used in the text are defined with pertinent page references given for further study. Insignificant page references (often found in computer-generated indexes) have been eliminated.
THREE GENRES,THE WRITING OF FICTION/FICTION,
POETRY, AND DRAMA
By Stephen Minot
Preface for Students
Preface for Teachers
PART I : THE WRITING OF NONFICTION/FICTION
1. Literary Nonfiction
2. True Experience
3. Nonfiction in a Reflective Mood
4. Personal Impressions of a Real Place
5. Creating Your Own Literary Nonfiction
6. Fiction: The Freedom to Invent
7. Finding and Shaping Fresh Material
8. A Story by Ann Hood: “Escapes”
9. Viewpoint: “Who’s Seeing This?”
10. A Story by Stephen Minot: “Rwanda”
11. The Making of a Story
12. Structure: From Scenes to Plot
13. A Story by Jim Ray Daniels: "Minding the Store"
14. Creating Tension
15. Setting: Where Am I?
16. A Story by Sharon Solwitz: "Obst Vw"
17. Dialogue: the illusion of speech
18. Characterization: Creating Credible People
19. A Story by Steven Schutzman: "The Bank Robbery"
20. Liberating the Imagination
21. Heightened Meaning: Metaphor, Symbol, and Theme
22. A Story by Jackson Jodie Daviss "Gotta Dance"
23. Style and Tone
24. Troubleshooting Guide: Fiction
PART II: THE WRITING OF POETRY
25. What Makes a Poem a Poem?
26. Plunging In: Poems for Close Study
27. Sources: Where Poems Come From
28. The Impact of Images
29. Using the Sound of Language
30. Traditional Rhythms
31. Stanzas: a Choice of Fixed Forms
32. Free Verse: Creating Unique Forms
33. A Sense of Order
34. Varieties of Tone
35. Poems for Self-study
36. Troubleshooting Guide: Poetry
PART III: THE WRITING OF DRAMA
37. Drama: A Live Performance
38. A Play by William Saroyan: "Hello Out There"
39. The Dramatic Plot
40. A Play by Tony Padilla: "Reckoning"
41. Conflict: Emotional Impact
42. A Play by Glenn Alterman, "Coulda, Would, Shoulda"
43. The Nonrealistic Play
44. Dramatic Characterization
45. Visual Impact
46. A Play By Patricia Montley: "Valley Forgery"
47. The Voices of Comedy
48. Dramatic Themes
49. Troubleshooting Guide: Drama
A Submitting Work for Publication
B Resources for Writers
INDEX OF AUTHORS AND TITLES
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About the Author
Stephen Minot, Professor Emeritus of the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside, has taught creative writing for over thirty years. Over the span of his very successful career, Professor Minot authored three novels, two collections of short stories, and three textbooks including Reading Fiction and Literary Nonfiction, The Fourth Genre. His short stories have appeared in a variety of magazines and literary quarterlies including the Atlantic, Harpers, The Kenyon Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Sewanee Review, just to name a few. Professor Minot’s work has also been selected several times to appear in the O. Henry Prize Stories collection and The Best American Short Stories. He is also the recipient of the Atlantic First Award, the Saxton Memorial Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for writing. Professor Minot and his wife, Virginia, split their time between California and Maine.
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