Strategies for Reading and Arguing about Literature

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März 2006



For courses in English Composition, Argumentative Writing, and Introduction to Literature."Strategies for Reading and Arguing about Literature "brings together the often divergent studies of argumentation and literature. This textbook teaches the art of academic argumentation through a focus on classic and contemporary literature. Using this book, students will learn, practice and master critical reading strategies, critical writing and research strategies, the essentials of academic argumentation, and basic literary theory as it relates to the development of an argument. Concurrently, students will explore and appreciate a variety of literature ranging from the classical to the contemporary in a variety of genres and critical analyses of literary works.


Chapter Practices and Writing Assignment Suggestions Part 1: Introduction to Argument and Arguing about Literature Chapter 1: Text as Argument--Argument as Text <TBODY> * Why Argue about Anything? * Why We Can Argue about Literature * What about Literature Is Arguable? * Turning In / Turning Out * Why Should We Be Concerned about Argument? * What Is the Urgency that Prompts an Argument? * Who Are You Trying to Influence? * What Are Some Possible Audience Responses? * What are some barriers the audience may create to resist the argument? * What are some of the constraints within which you must work? * Conclusion Chapter 1Selections Poem, "We Real Cool," Gwendolyn Brooks Short Story, "The Holocaust Party," Robin Hemley Chapter 2: Argument Structure and Strategies * Argument Structure * Claims * Claim Qualifiers * Evidence * Kinds of Support * Characteristics of Support * Warrants * Backing * Refutation * Conclusion Chapter 2 Selections Review, "A Curtain Up Review: The Laramie Project," Elyse Sommer Review, "(Mostly) Harmless Theatre Production: The Laramie Project," Steve Callahan Essay, "A Modest Proposal," Jonathan Swift Part 2: Reading Strategies Overview: Why Are You Reading A The Process(es) of reading for pleasure vs. reading for an academic assignment Chapter 3: Reading to Understand the Text * What's Going on Here? * Annotation * Skeleton Outline * Summary Chapter 3 Selections Song Lyrics, "Say I," Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti Short Story, "Black Elvis," Geoffrey Becker Poem, "Call It Fear," Joy Harjo Short Sotry, "The Welcome Table," Alice Walker Chapter 4: Exploring Your Response to a Text * What's Happening Within The Reader? * Photo Collage * Dialogue * Identifying Patterns of Response Chapter 4 Selections Poem, "Aborted Fetus," Christopher Davis Poem, "Heartbeats," Melvin Dixon Short Story, "Riding the Whip," Robin Hemley Chapter 5: Understanding a Text in Context A What is the framework for this text? A Personal Inventory A Author Inventory A Cultural/Historical Inventory Chapter 5 Selections Poem, "At an Intersection," Christopher Davis Short Story, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," Flannery O'Connor Part 3: Tools and Techniques for Argument Chapter 6: Contextualizing Claims and Evidence: Turning In * Making and Supporting Claims about Literature * Tools for Turning In: Deconstruction * Repetition * Opposition * Tools for Turning In: New Criticism * Imagery and Symbolism * Similes and Metaphors * Connotation and Denotation Chapter 6 Selections Poem, "Ethics," Linda Pastan Student Essay, "Turning In: An Exploration of 'The Second Sermon on the Warpland," Monica Martin-Kendrick Chapter 7: Contextualizing Claims and Evidence: Turning Out * Looking Outside the Text * Turning Out with a Focus on Gender Studies * Turning Out with a Focus on Psychological Theory * Turning Out with a Focus on Historicism * Turning Out with a Focus on New Historicism Chapter 7 Selections Poem, "The White House," Charles McKay Student Essay, "Anne Sexton's 'Cind
EAN: 9780130938534
ISBN: 013093853X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2006
Seitenanzahl: 657 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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