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Arguing Through Literature : Thematic Anthology and Guide To Academic Writing - Text Only (05 Edition)


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Table of Contents

Part I: An Introduction to Reading and Writing

Chapter 1: Reading Texts

The Communications Triangle

Kinds of Writing: Purpose, Audience, and Form

Addressing the Public: Civic Writing
Addressing Experts and Students: Academic Writing
Addressing Self and World: Imaginative Literature

The Plan of the Book


Basho: Haiku
Sylvia Plath: Cut
James Wright: Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota


Tobias Wolff: Powder

Nonfiction Prose

Pam Belluck: From Nuns Offer Clues to Alzheimer's and Aging
David A. Snowdon, Lydia H. Greiner, William R. Markesbery: From Linguistic Ability in Early Life and the Neuropathology of Alzheimer's Disease and Cerebrovascular Disease: Findings from the Nun Study

Chapter 2: The Writing Process

Active Reading

Invention Strategies: Starting with the Assignment

Shaping an Argument in Writing

Finding and Developing a Thesis
Using Categories to Organize a Draft
Supporting a Thesis with Evidence
Introducing and Concluding


Editing for Style


Sample Student Paper, Zak Owen: Digging for Meaning

Checklist for Improving Drafts


Seamus Heaney: Digging

Chapter 3: Kinds of Literature: The Major Genres

Genre and Form

The Essay

Connecting Genres


Geoffrey Chaucer: From The "General Prologue" to The Canterbury Tales
John Milton: From Paradise Lost
Walt Whitman: From Song of Myself
W.H. Auden: From September 1, 1939


John Updike: A and P


Christopher Graybill: Go Look

Nonfiction Prose

Bernard Cooper: The Fine Art of Sighing
Christopher Knight: From What Exactly Can Art Heal?
Wendy Hollway and Tony Jefferson: From Narrative, Discourse and the Unconscious: The Case of Tommy

Part II: The Elements of Literature

Chapter 4: Theme, Narrative and Plot, Setting, and Character


Narrative and Plot

Writing about Narrative and Plot



Checklist on Plot in Imaginative Literature

Checklist for Writing about Setting and Character

Chapter 5: Point of View and Tone of Voice

Point of View

Sample Student Paper, Derrick White: How Do You See It?

Tone in Imaginative Literature


Jorge Luis Borges: The Shape of the Sword
Jorge Luis Borges: The House of Asterion


Charles Harper Webb: Tone of Voice
W.S. Merwin: When the War Is Over
Robert Browning: My Last Duchess

Chapter 6: Word Choice, Figures of Speech, and Word Order

Word Choice

Levels of Diction
Word Origins

Figures of Speech

The Sequence of Images

Word Order

Checklist for Writing about Word Choice

Checklist for Writing about Figures of Speech

Checklist for Writing about Grammar and Word Order (Syntax)


Edna St. Vincent Millay: I Being Born a Woman and Distressed
T.S. Elliot: From The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
William Blake: The Sick Rose
Neil Young: From Love Is a Rose
Team Austin: From Tube
John Donne: Holy Sonnet 14, Batter my heart, three person'd God
Robert Herrick: Delight in Disorder
W.H. Auden: Musee des Beaux Arts

Chapter 7: Sound Patterns, Line Breaks, and Poetic Meter

Sound Patterns: Rhyme, Alliteration, Assonance, Consonance

Line Breaks in Poetry

Poetic Meter

Writing about Sound Patterns, Line Breaks, and Poetic Meter

Sample Student Paper, Kenji Takano: Designing a Poem

A Closing Word


From Old English Riddle
Walt Whitman: From Song of Myself, Part 2
Michael Stipe: From It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
John Donne: The Sun Rising
E.E. Cummings: l(a
Robert Herrick: Upon a Child
Robert Herrick: Epitaph Upon a Child That Died
William Carlos Williams: Poem
Walt Whitman: When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
William Carlos Williams: The Dance
Robert Frost: Design
Robert Hayden: Those Winter Sundays

Checklist for Writing about Word Music, Line Breaks in Poetry, and Poetic Meter

Part III: Argument, Research, and Literature: Conversations among Different Kinds of Writing

Chapter 8: Argument

The Elements of Argument

Reasons and Evidence
Claims, Reasons, and Evidence in Arguments about Literature
Assumptions in Arguments about Literature
Qualifiers and Concessions

Other Features of Academic Argument

Research Context

Checklist for finding Assumptions

Checklist for a Descriptive Analysis of Academic Argument

Sample Student Paper, Rami Al-Khalidi, Michael Cheng, Deborah Cooper, Susan O'Quinn: A Comparative Analysis of Two Academic Arguments

Nonfiction Prose

Carol Gilligan and Jane Attanucci: From Two Moral Orientations: Gender Differences and Similarities
Daniel F. Kripke, Lawrence Garfinkel, Deborah L. Wingard, Melville R. Klauber, and Matthew R. Marler: From Mortality Associated with Sleep Duration and Insomnia
Andrew Scott: From Henry George, Henry Adams, and the Dominant American Ideology
Nicholas J. Saunders: From Site Reading

Chapter 9: Exploring Literature through Other Disciplines

Interpretive Frameworks in Academic Discourse

Wilbur's For C and Fraley and Shaver's Airport Separations

A More Extended Tracing of Parallels: Poe's Cask of Amontillado and Goffman's The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Sample Student Paper, Lisa Rodrigues: Poe's Old Literary Wine in New Sociological Bottles


Richard Wilbur: For C


Edgar Allan Poe: The Cask of Amontillado

Nonfiction Prose

R. Chris Fraley and Phillip R. Shaver: From Airport Separation: A Naturalistic Study of Adult Attachment Dynamics in Separating Couples
Erving Goffman: From The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Chapter 10: Using Research to Write about Literature

Applying a Framework from Another Discipline to a Literary Text

Reading the Assignment
Choosing a Literary Work
Deciding Which Disciplines to Investigate
Doing Research
Active Reading
Writing the Paper

Sample Student Paper, Tracy Greenwald: Learning to Be a Girl in David Kaplan's "Doe Season"

A Closing Word

Checklist for Evaluating the Reliability of Print and Internet Sources

Checklist for Evaluating Websites

Checklist for Improving Drafts


David Michael Kaplan: Doe Season

Part IV: An Anthology of Readings

Chapter 11: Body



Anonymous: Swarthy smoke-blackened smiths
Lucille Clifton: Homage to My Hips
Emily Dickinson: (A Narrow Fellow in the Grass)
John Donne: The Sun Rising
Galway Kinnell: Rapture
Sharon Olds: Letter to My Father from 40,000 Feet
Sharon Olds: Waste Sonata
Linda Pastan: Notes from the Delivery Room
Marge Piercy: Belly Good
Sappho: Pain Penetrates
Richard Wilbur: A Late Aubade

Frameworks: Looking at Shakespeare Through Medicine

William Shakespeare: Sonnets 65, 72, 73
Hobart W. Walling: Life's Brief Candle: A Shakespearan Guide to Death and Dying for Compassionate Physicians


Margaret Atwood: Giving Birth
Ralph Ellison: Battle Royal
Louise Erdrich: Fleur
Alice Munro: Boys and Girls
Edgar Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart


Max Mitchell: Life Support

Nonfiction Prose

Anatole Broyard: Intoxicated by My Illness
Cornel West: Black Sexuality: The Taboo Subject

Chapter 12: Spirit



Arrested Development: Fishin' 4 Religion
Ashvaghosha: The Legend of the Buddha Shakyamuni
John Donne: Holy Sonnet 10: Death, Be Not Proud
Thom Gunn: Memory Unsettled
Hebrew Bible: Leviticus 19
Gerard Manley Hopkins: [As Kingfishers Catch Fire, Dragonflies Draw Flame]
The King James Bible: Luke 10:25-37
The Generous Qur'an: Sura 89, The Dawn
Dylan Thomas: A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London
Walt Whitman: A Noiseless Patient Spider
Richard Wilbur: Mayflies
Paul Zimmer: The Day Zimmer Lost Religion


D.H. Lawrence: The Rocking-Horse Winner
Flannery O'Connor: A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Frank O'Connor: Guests of the Nation
Dorothy Parker: The Custard Heart
Philip Roth: The Conversion of the Jews

Frameworks: Looking at Dinesen Through Psychology

Isak Dinesen: Babette's Feast
Abraham Maslow: Self-Actualizing and Beyond
Abraham Maslow: Various Meanings of Transcendence


Wole Soyinka: Death and the King's Horseman

Nonfiction Prose

Louise M. Antony: The "Faith" of an Athiest
Karen Armstrong: From Renunciation
Jorge Luis Borges: Everything and Nothing
Joan Didion: On Self-Respect

Chapter 13: Acting and Authenticity



W.H. Auden: The Unknown Citizen
Gwendolyn Brooks: We Real Cool
E.E. Cummings: anyone lived in a pretty how town
Emily Dickinson: (I Like a Look of Agony)
Emily Dickinson: (I'm Nobody! Who are You?)
Paul Laurence Dunbar: We Wear the Mask
T.S. Eliot: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Thom Gunn: Night Taxi
Linda Hogan: First Light
Langston Hughes: Theme for English B
Andrew Marvell: To His Coy Mistress
Sylvia Plath: Lady Lazarus


Sandra Cisneros: Mericans
Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Yellow Wallpaper
Langston Hughes: Who's Passing for Who?
Richard Wright: Big Black Good Man

Frameworks: Looking at Shakespeare Through Literary Criticism

William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Terence Eagleton: Hamlet, from Shakespeare and Society: Critical Studies in Shakespearean Drama

Nonfiction Prose

James Baldwin: The Discovery of What It Means to Be an American
Richard Ford: In the Face
Lucy Grealy: Mirrorings
Germaine Greer: The Stereotype

Relating to Others

Chapter 14: Gender, Sex, and Love



Matthew Arnold: Dover Beach
Elizabeth Bishop: One Art
John Donne: Song
John Donne: A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
Robert Frost: Home Burial
Thom Gunn: Waitress
Ho Xuan Hu'o'ng: On Sharing a Husband
James Weldon Johnson: The Glory of the Day Was in Her Face
Michael Lassell: How to Watch Your Brother Die
Adrienne Rich: Planetarium
William Shakespeare: Sonnet 130
Alan Shapiro: Lover
Cathy Song: The Hand That Feeds


Raymond Carver: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Kate Chopin: The Story of an Hour
Susan Glaspell: A Jury of Her Peers
James Joyce: Araby

Frameworks: Looking at Mason Through Psychology

Bobbie Ann Mason: Shiloh
Mark Karpel: Individuation: From Fusion to Dialogue


August Wilson: Fences

Nonfiction Prose

Susan Moller Okin with Respondents: Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?
Will Kymlicka: Liberal Complacencies
Katha Pollitt: Whose Culture?
Susan Moller Okin: From Reply

Chapter 15: Race and Ethnicity



Gwendolyn Brooks: The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock
Joshua Coben: Ishmael
Countee Cullen: Incident
Nikki Giovanni: Ego Tripping
Suheir Hammad: Exotic
Langston Hughes: Harlem
Langston Hughes: Same in Blues
Claude McKay: The White City
Pat Mora: Immigrants
Sharon Olds: On the Subway
Jim Sagel: Baca Grande
William Jay Smith: Old Cherokee Woman's Song
Mitsuye Yamada: To the Lady

Framworks: Looking at Hayden Through History and Psychology

Robert Hayden: Middle Passage
John Quincy Adams: From Argument of John Quincy Adams, before the Supreme Court of the United States, in the case of the United States, Appellants, vs. Cinque, and others, Africans Captured in the Schooner Amistad, by Lieut. Gedney, Delivered on the 24th of February and 1st of March, 1841
Daniel Brown: From Stress and Emotion: Implications for Illness Development and Wellness
Raymond L. Cohn: From Maritime Mortality in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: A Survey
James A. Rawley: The Middle Passage


Chinua Achebe: Dead Men's Path
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter
William Faulkner: Wash
Eudora Welty: A Worn Path


Athol Fugard: Master Harold...and the Boys
Luis Valdez: Los Vendidos

Nonfiction Prose

Gordon Allport: From The Nature of Prejudice
Toni Morrison: From Romancing the Shadow
Brent Staples: Black Men and Public Space
Vetta L. Sanders Thompson: Perceived Experiences of Racism as Stressful Life Events

Chapter 16: Ethical Questions



Julia Alvarez: On Not Shoplifting Louise Bogan's The Blue Estuaries
John Balaban: For the Missing in Action
John Balaban: The Guard at the Binh Thuy Bridge
Emily Dickinson: (The Soul selects her own Society)
Robert Frost: The Death of the Hired Man
Robert Frost: Love and a Question
Robert Frost: Two Tramps in Mud Time
Miroslav Holub: The Fly
Yusef Komunyakaa: Facing It
Wilfred Owen: Dulce et Decorum Est
William Edgar Stafford: Traveling through the Dark
Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Ulysses
William Carlos Williams: The Yachts


Toni Cade Bambara: The Lesson
Shirley Jackson: The Lottery
Sir Thomas Malory: From Le Morte d' Arthur
Katherine Mansfield: The Garden-Party
Tim O'Brien: The Things They Carried

Frameworks: Looking At LeGuin Through Philosophy

Ursula LeGuin: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
William James: From The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life
John Stuart Mill: From What Utilitarianism Is


Sophocles: Oedipus Rex

Nonfiction Prose

Barbara Ehrenreich: Nickel-and-Dimed: On (not) getting by in America
Martin L. Hoffman: Empathy, Its Arousal, and Prosocial Functioning
Michael de Montaigne: That our actions should be judged by our intentions
Mark Twain: The Lowest Animal

Experiencing the World

Chapter 17: Nature



A.R. Ammons: Still
William Blake: The Tyger
Richard Eberhart: On Shooting Particles Beyond the World
James Weldon Johnson: Deep in the Quiet Wood
Galway Kinnell: The Bear
Galway Kinnell: St. Francis and the Sow
Philip Larkin: Going, Going
Mary Oliver: Rice
Simon Ortiz: Earth and Rain, The Plants and Sun
Simon Ortiz: Vision Shadows
Sylvia Plath: Black Rook in Rainy Weather
William Wordsworth: Upon Westminster Bridge
William Wordsworth: The World Is Too Much with Us


Kate Chopin: The Storm
Ernest Hemingway: The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
Leslie Marmon Silko: The Man to Send Rain Clouds
Nguyen Huy Thiep: Salt of the Jungle


Frameworks: Looking at Frayn Through Science

Michael Frayn: Copenhagen
Irving M Klotz: Procrustean Distortions of Science
Harry Lustig and Kirsten Shepherd-Barr: Science as Theater

Nonfiction Prose

Wendell Berry: Life Is a Miracle
Howard Frumkin: Beyond Toxicity: Human Health and the Natural Environment
John R. Stilgoe: Gone Barefoot Lately?
Edward O. Wilson: Nature Matters

Chapter 18: Sight and Insight



Elizabeth Bishop: Filling Station
John Keats: Ode on a Grecian Urn
X.J. Kennedy: Nude Descending a Staircase
Yusef Komunyakaa: Hanoi Hannah
Li-Young Lee: Persimmons
Denise Levertov: The Reminder
David Ray: A Midnight Diner by Edward Hopper
Alan Shapiro: Astronomy Lesson
Alan Shapiro: Wife: The Mirror
Wole Soyinka: Telephone Conversation
Wallace Stevens: Anecdote of the Jar
Wallace Stevens: The Man with the Blue Guitar
Team Austin: Tube
William Carlos Williams: Landscape with the Fall of Icarus


Raymond Carver: Cathedral
Don DeLillo: Videotape
Kimberly Elkins: What Is Visible
Nathaniel Hawthorne: Young Goodman Brown
Katherine Anne Porter: The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
Alice Walker: Everyday Use


Frameworks: Looking at Friel Through Science

Brian Friel: Molly Sweeney
R.L. Gregory and Jean G. Wallace: From Recovery from Early Blindness: A Case Study
Oliver Sacks: From To See and Not See

Nonfiction Prose

Annie Dillard: Seeing
E.M. Forster: Art for Art's Sake
Helen Keller: Three Days to See
Georgina Kleege: From In Oedipus' Shadow

Appendix A: Critical Approaches

Appendix B: Glossary of Terms

Appendix C: Reading Nonliterary Texts

Nonfiction Prose

Deborah D. Danner, David A. Snowdon, Wallace V. Friesen: From Positive Emotions in Early Life and Longevity: Findings from the Nun Study
David A. Snowden, Lydia H. Greiner, William R. Markesbery: From Linguistic Ability in Early Life and the Neuropathology of Alzheimer's Disease and Cerebrovascular Disease: Findings from the Nun Study
Susan Kemper, Lydia H. Greiner, Janet G. Marquis, Katherine Prenovost, Tracy L. Mitzner: From Language Decline Across the Life Span: Findings from the Nun Study

Appendix D: MLA and APA Documentation



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