Portable Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing, 2009 Mla Update Edition by Laurie G. KirsznerPortable Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing, 2009 Mla Update Edition by Laurie G. Kirszner

Portable Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing, 2009 Mla Update Edition

byLaurie G. Kirszner

Paperback | January 1, 2010

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The 2009 MLA UPDATE EDITION - PORTABLE LITERATURE: READING, REACTING, WRITING, Seventh Edition, is the affordable, portable alternative to the full-length and compact versions of this popular introduction to literature text. This streamlined edition includes all of the essential classic and contemporary readings, along with brief introductions to the literary genres, useful study questions and prompts, and a down-to-earth, accessible guide to writing about literature. This edition has been updated to reflect guidelines from the 2009 MLA HANDBOOK FOR WRITERS OF RESEARCH PAPERS, Seventh Edition.
Title:Portable Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing, 2009 Mla Update EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1280 pages, 8.3 × 5.4 × 1.4 inPublished:January 1, 2010Publisher:Wadsworth PublishingLanguage:English

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Preface.Part I: A GUIDE TO WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE.1. Reading and Writing about Literature.Reading Literature. Previewing. Highlighting. Checklist: Using Highlighting Symbols. Maya Angelou, My Arkansas. Annotating. Writing about Literature. Planning an Essay. Drafting an Essay. Revising and Editing an Essay. Checklist: Using Sources. Checklist: Conventions of Writing about Literature. Three Model Student Papers. Student Paper: "The Secret Lion": Everything Changes. Student Paper: Digging for Memories. Student Paper: Desperate Measures: Acts of Defiance in Trifles.2. Writing Literary Arguments.Planning a Literary Argument. Choosing a Debatable Topic. Developing an Argumentative Thesis. Defining Your Terms. Considering Your Audience. Refuting Opposing Arguments. Using Evidence Effectively. Supporting Your Literary Argument. Establishing Credibility. Being Fair. Using Visuals as Evidence. Organizing a Literary Argument. Writing a Literary Argument. Student Paper: The Politics of "Everyday Use".3. Documenting Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism.Avoiding Plagiarism. Document All Material That Requires Documentation. Enclose Borrowed Words in Quotation Marks. Do Not Imitate a Source''s Syntax and Phrasing. Differentiate Your Words from Those of Your Source. Checklist: Plagiarism and Internet Sources. Documenting Sources. Parenthetical References in the Text. Checklist: Guidelines for Punctuating Parenthetical References. The Works-Cited List. Content Notes.Part II: FICTION.4. Understanding Fiction.Origins of Modern Fiction. The History of the Novel. The History of the Short Story. Defining the Short Story. Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants. Recognizing Kinds of Fiction.5. Fiction Sampler: The Short-Short.Julia Alvarez, Snow. Aimee Bender, Jinx. Jorge Luis Borges, The Plot. Dave Eggers, Accident. Amanda Holzer, Love and Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape. Jamaica Kincaid, Girl. Alice Munro, Prue. ZZ Packer, Buffalo Soldiers. Annie Proulx, 55 Miles to the Gas Pump.6. Plot.Conflict. Stages of Plot. Order and Sequence. Checklist: Writing about Plot. Graphic Fiction: Ben Katchor, Goner Pillow Company. Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour. Stephen Dobyns, Kansas. William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily. Writing Suggestions: Plot.7. Character.Round and Flat Characters. Dynamic and Static Characters. Motivation. Checklist: Writing about Character. Graphic Fiction: Art Spiegelman, Eye Ball. John Updike, A&P. Katherine Mansfield, Miss Brill. Charles Baxter, Gryphon. Writing Suggestions: Character.8. Setting.Historical Setting. Geographical Setting. Physical Setting. Checklist: Writing about Setting. Graphic Fiction: Marjane Satrapi, from Persepolis. Kate Chopin, The Storm. Sherman J. Alexie, This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona. Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing. Writing Suggestions: Setting.9. Point of View.First-Person Narrators. Unreliable Narrators. Third-Person Narrators. Omniscient Narrators. Limited Omniscient Narrators. Objective Narrators. Selecting an Appropriate Point of View. Checklist: Selecting an Appropriate Point of View: Review. Checklist: Writing about Point of View. Graphic Fiction: Shaun Tan, from The Arrival. Richard Wright, Big Black Good Man. Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado. William Faulkner, Barn Burning. Writing Suggestions: Point of View.10. Style, Tone, and Language.Style and Tone. The Uses of Language. Formal and Informal Diction. Imagery. Figures of Speech. Checklist: Writing about Style, Tone, and Language. Graphic Fiction: R. Crumb, A Hunger Artist. James Joyce, Araby. Flannery O''Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find. Tim O''Brien, The Things They Carried. Writing Suggestions: Style, Tone, and Language.11. Symbol, Allegory, and Myth.Symbol. Literary Symbols. Recognizing Symbols. Allegory. Myth. Checklist: Writing about Symbol, Allegory, and Myth. Graphic Fiction: Alison Bechdel, from Fun Home. Shirley Jackson, The Lottery. Alice Walker, Everyday Use. Raymond Carver, Cathedral