Substance, Style, and Strategy by Lee A. Jacobus

Substance, Style, and Strategy

byLee A. Jacobus

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Ideal for courses in advanced composition, Substance, Style, and Strategy offers a comprehensive guide to develop effective writing in every student. It enables students to form a personal style, to write about issues that are substantial and meaningful, and to use a range of strategies forsolving writing problems of all kinds. Recognizing that students often require basic reminders of elementary stylistic principles, the book begins with a review in the first chapter, "Developing a Personal Style," that brings writers up to speed in standard skills. It discusses issues of subject, audience, style, and the writingprocess. Following chapters examine not only the types of essay writing students must do in college but also ways of writing that will be useful to them as developing writers later in life. The author presents workable, direct, and useful strategies for writing effective personal, biographical,argumentative, familiar, and critical essays. Each essay form is discussed in detail and illustrated through examples that are analyzed in depth; these examples are illuminating and instructive because they offer ways of solving problems that all writers confront. The text concludes with a practicalappendix on research materials that outlines the most useful research strategies for modern writers, discussing both print resources and new on-line resources such as Lexis-Nexis, CD-ROM on-line databases and services, and the World Wide Web. Substance, Style, and Strategy stimulates students to develop their thoughts and feelings in skillful, meaningful, and expressive prose, providing them with a thorough grounding in how to be writers for life.

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Lee A. Jacobus is at University of Connecticut.
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Title:Substance, Style, and StrategyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 5.51 × 8.19 × 0.59 inPublished:August 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Preface1. Developing a Personal StyleThe Writing ProcessBox: Ten Tips for a Vigorous StyleBox: Tips on Polishing Your ProseMatters of StyleStyle: Words and SentencesBox: Three Considerations for StyleBox: General Rules that Sometimes Work for Word ChoiceBox: Rules that Sometimes Work for ParagraphsDeveloping Your Own Sense of StyleHow Writers WorkThe Course in Advanced Writing2. Writing the Personal EssayMaintaining a Journal or DiaryBox: Tips for Keeping a JournalSample Journal EntriesThe PErsonal EssayRichard Ford, "Accommodations"Bos: Ford's Opening SentencesThe Search for SignificanceLet Your Story UnfoldBox: Tips for Writing a Personal Essay3. Writing the Biographical EssayAnother Person's LifeWhat We Learn from Writing About PeopleCatherine S. Manegold, "Kara S. Hultgreen: The Short Flight of a Fighter Pilor"Following Personal InterestsGathering Sources for a BiographyBox: General Biographical ResourcesJudging Someone's LifePaul Theroux, "Chatwin Revisited"Strategies for Writing About Another PersonJoan Didion, "Georgia O'Keeffe"Suggestions for Interesting Essays About Another PersonBox: Tips That Sometimes Work for Writing About People4. Writing the Argumentative EssayWhat Is an Argument and Why Argue?Three Appeals in ArgumentArgument as InformationBox: Argument as InformationClaire Sterling, "Redfellas"Argument as InquiryEvan S. Connell, "Were Custer's Men Brave?"Persuasion Through ArgumentThe Tone of an ArgumentBox: Argumentative ToneArgument as DebateKatha Pollitt, "Subject to Debate"Midge Dector, "Welfare Feminism"Writing Argumentative EssaysBox: Nine Sources for ArgumentsBox: Generally Reliable Suggestions for the Structure of an ArgumentBox: Nestorian OrderBox: Tips that Sometimes Workfor Writing Argumentative Essays5. Writing the Familiar EssayBeginning from Personal ExperienceConcrete DetailsCynthia Ozick, "North"Analyzing an AbstractionBox: Generally Reliable Tips for Dealing with AbstractionFamiliar StyleE.M. Forster, "My Wood"Anonymous, "Coping with Anger"Box: Generally Reliable Tips for Discovering Significance in EventsAndre James, "Malls and the Gender Gap"Box: Tips That Usually Help in Writing Familiar Essays6. Writing the Critical EssayWhat Is the Critical Essay?Thinking Critically About IdeasAnalyzing an Essay: Francis Bacon's " Of Studies"Thinking Critically About the ArtsAnalyzing a Poem: William Wordsworth's "The Sonnet"Box: Some Usually Reliable Questions for Evaluating a SonnetAnalyzing TextsBox: Some Generally Useful Tips for Analyzing TextsNiccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince"The Structure of the Critical EssayBox: Tips Often Useful concerning the Structure of the Critical EssayHeinrich Boll, "The Laugher"Appendix: Modern Research MethodsWhere to BeginBox: Basic Print Reference SourcesBox: Special Online ResourcesBox: CD-ROM Online DatabasesBox: Print ResourcesChoosing an Interesting Research SubjectConducting a Search of the Online CatalogRichard Worsnop, "Gun Control"The Importance of Your ResearchFormal ConsiderationsBox: Tips that May Help as a Guide to Quoting from Sources

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"This is a fine book. Finally, a thoughtful and logical text for advanced composition by someone who has taught the course. Wonderful examples. Very helpful guidelines. I look forward to using this book."--Laura Zlogar, University of Wisconsin-River Falls