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The popular, brief rhetoric that treats writing as thinking, WRITING ANALYTICALLY, Sixth Edition, offers a series of prompts that lead you through the process of analysis and synthesis and help you to generate original and well-developed ideas. The book's overall point is that learning to write well means learning to use writing as a way of thinking well. To that end, the strategies of this book describe thinking skills that employ writing. As you will see, this book treats writing as a tool of thought--a means of undertaking sustained acts of inquiry and reflection.

About the Author

David Rosenwasser teaches at Muhlenberg College, a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, where he has been since the late 1980s. He and Jill Stephen created and implemented the Writing Across the Curriculum program there through a series of faculty seminars. During these seminars, Dr. Rosenwasser and Dr. Stephen discovered that while content faculty from across the disciplines maintained disciplinary-specific writing protocols, they essentially wanted the same thing from student writing: analysis. From this premise, WRITING ANALYTICALLY was born. Dr. Rosenwasser received his B.A. from Grinnell College and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in the theory and history of narrative. His current interests include contemporary Irish literature and comic theory. His most recent literary papers include a study of the contemporary Irish writer Edna O'Brien in relation to the work of Joyce and Yeats as well as an analysis of the politics of Bruce Springsteen's albums during the Bush presidency, written collaboratively with a political science professor. Jill Stephen teaches at Muhlenberg College, a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, where she's been since the late 1980s. Along with David Rosenwasser, she created and implemented the Writing Across the Curriculum program there through a series of faculty seminars. In these seminars, they discovered that content faculty from across the disciplines, although they maintained disciplinary-specific writing protocols, essentially wanted the same thing from student writing: analysis. From this premise, their textbook, Writing Analytically, was born. Stephen worked in the expository writing program at New York University under Lil Brannon and Cy Knoblauch. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and received her Ph.D. from NYU on rhetorical theory as evidenced in Renaissance poetry and prose. Aside from her writing with Rosenwasser on composition and writing program administration, she writes on poetry, especially Renaissance lyrics. Her current interests include the poetry of Frank O'Hara, Emily Dickinson, and contemporary Irish women writers.

Table of Contents

Unit I: THE ANALYTICAL FRAME OF MIND: Introduction to Analytical Methods. 1. Introduction: Fourteen Short Takes on Writing and the Writing Process. 2. Toolkit of Analytical Methods I: Seeing Better, Seeing More. 3. Analysis: What It Is and What It Does. 4. Toolkit of Analytical Methods II: Going Deeper. 5. Writing About Reading: More Moves to Make with Written Texts. 6. Making Interpretations Plausible. 7. Making Common Topics More Analytical. Unit II: WRITING ANALYTICAL PAPERS: HOW TO USE EVIDENCE, EVOLVE CLAIMS, AND CONVERSE WITH SOURCES. 8. Reasoning From Evidence To Claims. 9. Analyzing Arguments. 10. Using Evidence to Build a Paper: 10 on 1. 11. Making a Thesis Evolve. 12. Recognizing and Fixing Weak Thesis Statements. 13. Using Sources Analytically: The Conversation Model. 14. Finding, Citing, and Integrating Sources. Unit III: MATTERS OF FORM: THE SHAPES THAT THOUGHT TAKES. 15. Forms and Formats Across the Curriculum. 16. Introductions and Conclusions Across the Curriculum. 17. Revising for Style: Word Choice. 18. Revising for Style: The Rhetoric of the Sentence. 19.Revising for Correctness: Grammar and Punctuation.

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Rosenwasser, David
Cengage Learning
Rosenwasser, David (David Rosenwasser)
Stephen, Jill
General Language Arts & Disciplines
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