Literature and the Writing Process, Canadian Edition by Elizabeth McmahanLiterature and the Writing Process, Canadian Edition by Elizabeth Mcmahan

Literature and the Writing Process, Canadian Edition

byElizabeth Mcmahan, Robert W. Funk, Susan X. Day

Paperback | October 1, 2004

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Literature and the Writing Process, Canadian Edition guides you through the unified process of critical reading and writing - illustrating the use of writing as a way of studying literature, and providing students with all the tools needed to analyze literature on their own.


Title:Literature and the Writing Process, Canadian EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:928 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:October 1, 2004Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0131203096

ISBN - 13:9780131203099


Table of Contents

Detailed contents

Contents by genre

Thematic contents



Part I   Composing: An overview

1   The prewriting process

2   The writing process

3   The rewriting process


Part II   Writing About Short Fiction

4   How do I read short fiction?

5   Writing about structure

6   Writing about imagery and symbolism

7   Writing about point-of-view

8   Writing about Setting and Atmosphere

9   Writing about theme


Anthology of Short Fiction

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Young Goodman Brown

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

The Story of an Hour

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Paul’s Case

James Joyce (1882-1941)



Ethel Wilson (1888-1980)

The Window

Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1989)

The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

Hills Like White Elephants

John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

The Chrysanthemums

Richard Wright (1908-1960)

The Man Who Was Almost a Man

Sinclair Ross (1908-1996)

The Lamp at Noon

Eudora Welty (1909-2001)

A Worn Path

Sheila Watson (b. 1909)


Hisaye Yamamoto (b. 1921)

Seventeen Syllables

Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964)

A Good Man Is Hard to Find

Margaret Laurence (1926-1987)

To Set Our House in Order   (in Ch. 6)

Chinua Achebe (b. 1930)

Dead Men’s Path

TimothyFindley (1930-2002)

Stones    (in Ch. 5)

Eugene McNamara (b. 1930)

Falling in Place    (in Ch. 7)

Alice Munro (b. 1931)

Boys and Girls    (in Ch. 9)

Rudy Wiebe (b. 1934)

Where Is the Voice Coming From?

Joy Kogawa (b. 1935)

Obasan    (in Ch. 1)

Alistair MacLeod (b. 1936)

The Boat   (in Ch. 8)

Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938)

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Bharati Mukherjee (b. 1940)

The Management of Grief

Sandra Birdsell (b. 1942)

The Wednesday Circle

Thomas King (b. 1943)


David Adams Richards (b. 1950)

A Rural Place

Louise Erdrich (b. 1954)

The Red Convertible

Russell Smith (b. 1963)




Part III   Writing About Poetry

10   How Do I Read Poetry?

11   Writing about Persona and Tone

12   Writing about Poetic Language

13   Writing about Poetic Form


Anthology of Poetry

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Let Me Not to the Marriage of True minds

My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?    (in Ch. 12)

John Donne (1572-1631)

The Flea

Death, Be Not Proud

Ben Johnson (1572-1637)

On My First Son

Edmund Waller (1606-1687)

Go, Lovely Rose    (in Ch. 11)

Richard Lovelace (1618-1657)

To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars

Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

To His Coy Mistress

William Blake (1757-1827)

The Lamb

The Tyger

The Sick Rose

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Nuns Fret Not    (in Ch. 13)

The World Is Too Much with Us

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)

She Walks in Beauty

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)


John Keats (1795-1821)

Ode on a Grecian Urn

Susanna Moodie (1803-1885)

From: Brian, The Still-Hunter

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

The Eagle

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

My Last Duchess

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

A Noiseless Patient Spider    (in Ch. 12)

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

Dover Beach

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers

Because I Could Not Stop for Death

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

The Ruined Maid    (in Ch. 11)

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Pied Beauty

Spring and Fall

A.E. Housman (1859-1936)

To an Athelete Dying Young

Sir Charles G.D. Roberts (1860-1945)

The Flight of the Geese

Pauline Johnson (1861-1913)

The Song My Paddle Sings

A Cry from an Indian Wife    (in Ch. 11)

Archibald Lampman (1861-1899)

Voices of Earth     (in Ch. 12)

Winter Evening

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

The Second Coming

Sailing to Byzantium

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

War is Kind

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

We Wear the Mask

Robert Frost (1874-1963)


Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)



Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

The Emperor of Ice Cream

E.J. Pratt (1882-1964)

From Stone to Steel

Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922)

The Bird in the Room

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

The Red Wheelbarrow

Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

In a Station of the Metro

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

First Fig

Dorothy Parker (1893-1950)

One Perfect Rose    (in Ch. 11)

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

Dulce et Decorum Est

E.E. Cummings (1894-1962)

anyone lived in a pretty how town    (in Ch. 13)

F.R. Scott (1899-1985)

Laurentian Shield

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

Harlem (A Dream Deferred)

A.J.M. Smith (1902-1980)

The Wisdom of Old Jelly Roll

Stevie Smith (1902-1971)

Not Waving but Drowning

Earle Birney (1904-1995)

Anglosaxon Street

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)

The United Fruit Co.

Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)

My Papa’s Waltz    (in Ch. 11)

Dorothy Livesay (1909-1996)

Bartok and the Geranium    (in Ch. 12)

W.H. Auden (1907-1973)

Musée des Beaux Arts

Irving Layton (b. 1912)

The Bull Calf

Robert Hayden (1913-1980)

Those Winter Sundays

Randall Jarrell (1914-1965)

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

P.K. Page (b. 1916)

Stories of Snow

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)

We Real Cool    (in Ch. 13)

Miriam Waddington (b. 1917)

Ten Years and More

Margaret Avison (b. 1918)

The Swimmer’s Moment

Al Purdy (b. 1918)

The Dead Poet

Laurence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919)

Constantly Risking Absurdity

Howard Nemerov (1920-1991)

The Goose Fish

Philip Larkin (1922-1985)

Home Is So Sad

Denise Levertov (1923-1997)

O Taste and See

Lisel Mueller (b. 1924)


Allen Ginsburg (1926-1997)

A Supermarket in California

James Reaney (b. 1926)

The School Globe

Phyllis Webb (b. 1927)


Treblinka gas chamber    (in Ch. 13)

Donald Hall (b. 1928)

My Son My Executioner    (in Ch. 12)

Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)

Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)


Alden Nowlan (1933-1983)

I, Icarus

A Middle-Aged Man in the Supermarket

Leonard Cohen (b. 1934)

A Kite Is a Victim

Joy Kogawa (b. 1935)

Where There’s a Wall

Michele Lalonde (b. 1937)

Speak White

Margaret Atwood (b. 1939)

Death of a Young Son by Drowning

Dream 2: Brian the Still-Hunter

Seamus Heaney (b. 1939)


Patrick Lane (b. 1939)

The Bird

John Lennon (1940-1980) and Paul McCartney (b. 1942)

Eleanor Rigby

Gwendolyn MacEwan (1941-1987)


Daphne Marlatt (b. 1942)

retrieving madrone

Don McKay (b. 1942)

Glenn Gould, Humming


Michael Ondaatje (b. 1943)

The Cinnamon Peeler

bp Nichol (1944-1988)


landscape: 1    (in Ch. 13)

Bronwen Wallace (1945-1989)

The Woman in this Poem

Patrick Friesen (b. 1946)

pa poem 4: naked and nailed

Lorna Crozier (b. 1948)

Poem about Nothing    (in Ch. 12)

Jim Wong-Chu (b. 1949)

old chinese cemetery kamloops

Dionne Brand (b. 1953)

Land to Light on

Louise Erdich (b. 1954)

Indian Boarding School: The Runaways

Anne Carson (b. 1950)

God’s Work

Jan Zwicky (b. 1955)


Anne Michaels (b. 1958)

There Is No City That Does Not Dream

George Elliot Clarke (b. 1960)

Blank Sonnet

Billie Livingston (b. 1965)




Part IV   Writing About Drama

14   How do I read a play?

15   Writing about dramatic structure

16   Writing about character

17   Drama for writing



Anthology of Drama

Sophocles (ca. 496-c. 405 B.C.)

Antigone (in Ch. 15)

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


AntonChekhov (1860-1904)

The Proposal

Daniel David Moses (b. 1952)

Almighty Voice and His Wife

Joan MacLeod (b. 1954)

The Shape of a Girl

David Henry Hwang (b. 1957)

M. Butterfly    (in Ch. 17)

Michael Healey (birth date to come)

The Drawer Boy    (in Ch. 16)



Part V   The Editing Process


Appendix: Critical Approaches for Interpreting Literature


Glossary of Literary and Rhetorical Terms

Biographical Notes


Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines of Poems

Subject Index