Synopses & Reviews
Reading and Writing from Literature is ideal for instructors who wish to support students with significant writing instruction accompanied by a robust literary anthology that includes fiction, poetry, drama, and essays. Using an approachable, conversational tone, this thematic anthology and writing text emphasizes intertextuality--the way in which texts, including the student's own writing, grow out of other texts. Thirteen chapters of guidance on writing about literature (Parts I-III) cover such topics as planning, drafting, and revising essays on literature, research and documentation in a literature-based context, writing argumentative literary essays, and creating a writing portfolio. Part IV introduces students to the genres--short stories, poems, plays, and essays. Part V provides a thorough overview of figurative language. Part VI, the text's thematic anthology, is organized around themes of particular interest to students: Gender and Relationships, Families, Experience and Identity, Individual and Society, People and Cultures in Conflict and Change, and Work and the Quality of Life. It contains 45 new poems, essays/nonfiction writing, and short stories, with an emphasis on the contemporary. This edition features a stronger representation of international and multicultural authors, including such writers as Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Derek Walcott, Yusef Komunyaka, Sei Shonagon, and Allan Gurganus.
Emphasizing intertextuality, this anthology offers an exceptional amount of writing support. Fifteen chapters of guidance on writing about literature include information on keeping a reading notebook, researching and documenting essays, creating a writing portfolio, and planning, drafting, and revising essays. Students learn to create reading notebooks and transform notebook entries into actual papers. An accompanying web site extends the book's emphasis on intertextuality.
About the Author
John Schwiebert (Ph. D., University of Minnesota) is Associate Professor of English at Weber State University, where he teaches a variety of courses in writing and literature. He is the author of The Frailest Leaves: Whitman's Poetic Technique and Style in the Short Poem and co-editor with Chris Anson of Writing Across the Curriculum: An Annotated Bibliography. He has given numerous workshops and presentations on journal writing, creativity, and intertexuality.
Table of Contents
I. A Conversation Model of Writing and Reading 1. Why Don't You Let It Out Then? Three Writers A Conversation Model of Writing and Reading Activities for Writing Readings: Tillie Olsen, excerpt from Yonnondio: From the Thirties; Cynthia Ozick, Existing Things 2. Making New Texts from Old: Intertextuality A Four-Step Process for Writing from Reading Applying the Four-Step Process Reading: Peter Sharpe, Waiting for the Idiot to Go Away Some Implications of Intertextuality Activities for Writing Readings: Ellen Goodman, Live-in Myths; Barbara Crooker, Patty's Charcoal Drive-in 3. Building a Reading Notebook: Ten Ideas for Writing from Reading Famous Writers at Work Using Reading as a Springboard for Writing Ten Ideas for Writing in a Reading Notebook Review List of the Ten Ideas for Writing Activities for Writing Readings: Elizabeth Bowen, The Demon Lover; Edward Field, A Journey; N. Scott Momaday, The Indian Dog 4. Writing and Reading for Life and a Lifetime Walt Whitman and the Notebook Pyramid Collecting Organizing What You Collect Rereading Revising Activities for Writing II. Writing Essays About Literature 5. Ways of Planning: Thinking and Writing Recursively Putting Essays About Literature into Context Cultivating Recursive Habits of Thinking Working Toward Your Essay Before It Has Been Assigned Sharing and Learning in a Small Group Techniques for Note Taking in Small Groups Finding a Topic: Rereading (and Writing from) the Writing You Have Already Done Turning Your Favorite Interest into a Workable Topic Developing a "Working Thesis" Planning Your Essay: Quick-Writing Planning Your Essay: Listening and Sequencing Getting Feedback from a Peer or a Small Group Checklist of Activities for Planning an Essay About Literature 6. Ways of Drafting: Building a Barn in a Tornado Beginning with Limited Expectations Two Ways of Drafting Starting from Scratch: Writing a "Throwaway" or "Rehearsal" Draft Cutting and Pasting From Throwaway Draft to Rough Draft Checklist of Activities for Drafting 7. Ways of Revising: Caring and Not Caring Putting Revision into Context Talk to Your Draft from the Point of View of a Hypothetical Critic Global and Local Revisions A Short Checklist of Questions for Global Revision Postdraft Outlining Having Other People Outline Your Draft Getting Writer-Initiated Feedback Developing Your Essay with Illustrative Quotations and Examples Local Revision: Copyediting Your Text "Lightning" Revision: Reading Your Writing Aloud to a Peer or a Small Group Checklist of Activities for Revising 8. Documenting Research Essays A Sample Research Essay When You Need to Cite or Acknowledge a Source How to Paraphrase or Summarize Parenthetical References; MLA Documentation Style Preparing Your List of Works Cited III. Creating A Writing Portfolio 9. Making the Works: 12 Strategies for Revising 1. Start Over: Consult Chapter 3 2. Start Over: Rewrite Using a Topic/Form Grid 3. "Talk" to Your Draft 4. Do a Postdraft Outline 5. Have Other People Outline Your Draft 6. Ask Yourself Other Questions Appropriate to the Draft 7. Get Writer-Initiated Feedback 8. "Lightning" Revision: Read Your Writing Aloud to a Peer or a Small Group 9. Revise Your Text for Style 10. Break the Revision Task into Small Steps 11. Take Advantage of Small Bits of Time 12. Try Various Miscellaneous Revision Strategies Checklist of Strategies for Revising Activities for Writing 10. Assembling Your Final Portfolio Writing an Introduction to Your Portfolio Choosing and Interpreting Your Sample Annotations Preparing a Selection of Your Favorite Shorter Notes Steps for Choosing and Revising a Favorite Longer "Creative" Text Local Revising: Copyediting Your Text Preparing a Preface to Your Longer "Creative" Selection(s) Preparing a Process Memorandum to Accompany Complete Process Work for One or More of Your Final Selections IV. An Introduction to the Major Genres 11. Short Stories Point of View Characters Dialogue Plot Theme and Setting 12. Poetry Major Types of Poetry Speaker and Situation Poetic Meter Rhyme and Sound Effects Diction and Syntax Figurative Language Symbolism 13. Essays Sample Essay: Judith Ortiz Cofer's Primary Lessons Persona and Voice Style and Language Theme Dialogue Story Citations of Other Texts; Allusions 14. Drama Setting Characters and Plot Dialogue 15. Notebooks and Journals An Ideal Democracy of Thoughts The Art of Reflective Pause Life 101: Cultivating the Secret Life Micro-Stories, Micro-Poems, Micro-Essays, Micro-Plays The Pleasures of Revising Activities for Writing and Discussion For Further Reading V. A Thematic Anthology of Readings 16. Gender and Relationships Short Stories Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, The Other Wife Doris Lessing, A Woman on a Roof Ray Bradbury, [A Story About Love] Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Death Constant Beyond Love Claire Kemp, Keeping Company Poems Wu-Ti, People Hide Their Love Po Chu-I, Rejoicing at the Arrival of Ch'ên Hsiung William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18 Walt Whitman, I Heard You Solemn-Sweet Pipes of the Organ; I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing Emily Dickinson, Wild Nights--Wild Nights! Christina Rossetti Margery Thomas Hardy, At Tea; In the Room of the Bride-Elect; Outside the Window Ezra Pound, The River-merchant's Wife: A Letter Robert Bly, In Rainy September Adrienne Rich, Living in Sin; Aunt Jennifer's Tigers Tomioka Taeko, Just the Two of Us Diane Wakoski, Belly Dancer Sharon Olds, Sex Without Love Liz Rosenberg, In the End, We Are All Light Nonfiction/Essays Francine du Plessix Gray, On Friendship Scott Russell Sanders, Looking at Women Plays Susan Glaspell, Trifles Terrence McNally, Andre's Mother Gender and Relationships: Additional Activities for Writing and Discussion Interchapter on Notebooks and Journals (I) Generic Ideas for Writing in Response to Published Notebooks and Journals 17. Families Short Stories Guy de Maupassant, The Olive Grove James Joyce, "Eveline" Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing Tobias Wolff, The Rich Brother Gloria Naylor, Kiswana Browne Poems William Carlos William, The Last Words of My English Grandmother Theodore Roethke, My Papa's Waltz Anna Swir, I Wash the Shirt; The Greatest Love" Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays Gwendolyn Brooks, Sadie and Maud Charles Bukowski, my old man Donald Hall, My Son My Executioner Linda Pastan, Marks Ted Kooser, Father Sharon Olds, The Elder Sister Linda Hogan, Heritage Deb Casey, ZOOOOOOOM Rita Dove, Fifth Grade Autobiography Alberto Rios, A Dream of Husbands Sharon Hashimoto, 11 A.M. on My Day Off, My Sister Phones Desperate for a Babysitter Nonfiction/Essays Raymond Carver, My Father's Life Joy Harjo, The Place of Origins Fenton Johnson, The Limitless Heart Plays Joyce Carol Oates, Tone Clusters Milcha Sanchez-Scott, The Cuban Swimmer Families: Additional Activities for Writing and Discussion Interchapter on Notebooks and Journals (II) The Stories of How We Lived, Joy Harjo 18. Experience and Identity Short Stories D.H. Lawrence, The Rocking-Horse Winner Katherine Mansfield, Her First Ball William Faulkner, Barn Burning Naguib Mahfouz, Zaabalawi Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson Mary Robison, I Am Twenty-One Poems Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Holy Longing William Blake, Proverbs of Hell Walt Whitman, To You; A Noiseless Patient Spider Emily Dickinson, Because I could not stop for Death Thomas Hardy, The Ruined Maid General Manley Hopkins, Spring and Fall C.P. Cavafy, The City Denise Levertov, Contraband Donald Justice, Men at Forty Maya Angelou, Seven Women's Blessed Assurance Ursula Fanthorpe, Growing Up Audre Lorde, Hanging Fire Mary Oliver, The Black Snake; Some Questions You Might Ask Barbara Crooker, Patty's Charcoal Drive-in Mark Rudman, Chrome Gary Soto, Oranges Nonfiction/Essays Maya Angelou, Graduation Edward Hoagland, Learning to Eat Soup Judith Ortiz Cofer, Primary Lessons Plays Eugene O'Neill, The Hairy Ape Woody Allen, Death Knocks Experience and Identity: Additional Activities for Writing and Discussion Interchapter on Notebooks and Journals (III) Pen and Paper and a Breath of Air, Mary Oliver 19. Individual and Society Short Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Minister's Black Veil James Thurber, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Ray Bradbury, The Murderer Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Harrison Bergeron Flannery O'Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge Alice Walker, "Nineteen Fifty-five Poems William Blake, The Garden of Love Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road Emily Dickinson, Much Madness is divinest Sense; The Soul selects her own Society; Some keep the Sabbath going to Church; Tell all the Truth but tell it slant Edwin Arlington Robinson, Richard Cory Antonio Machado, Proverbs and Song-Verse (excerpts) Miyazawa Kenji, November 3rd W.H. Auden, The Unknown Citizen Stanislaw J. Lec, Unkempt Thoughts (excerpts) Julio Cortázar, Preamble to the Instructions on How to Wind a Watch Wislawa Szymborska, An Opinion on the Question of Pornography Margaret Atwood, The City Planners Cathy Appel, Letters Leo Romero, What the Gossips Saw Nonfiction/Essays Arthur Schopenhauer, On Thinking for Oneself [excerpts] Adrienne Rich, A Leak in History Carol Bly, Growing Up Expressive Play Athol Fugard, The Road to Mecca Individual and Society: Additional Activities for Writing and Discussion Interchapter on Notebooks and Journals (IV) The Notebook as "Pure" Poetry, Joseph Joubert 20. People and Cultures in Conflict and Change Short Stories Edgar Allan Poe, The Masque of the Red Death Nadine Gordimer, Once Upon a Time Margaret Atwood, The Man from Mars James Alan McPherson, A Loaf of Bread Poems Langston Hughes, Theme for English B; Ballad of the Landlord Anna Swir, The Same Inside Gwendolyn Brooks, The Boy Died in My Alley Wislawa Szymborska, Hatred Carter Revard, Discovery of the New World Wole Soyinka, Telephone Conversation Paula Gunn Allen, Pocahontas to Her English Husband, John Rolfe Sharon Olds, On the Subway Jim Sagel, Baca Grande Gary Soto, Black Hair Sook Lyol Ryu, Poem by a Yellow Woman Nonfiction/Essays Thomas S. Whitecloud, Blue Winds Dancing Leslie Marmon Silko, Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian Perspective Brent Staples, Black Men and Public Space Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria Bell Hooks, Keeping Close to Home: Class and Education Play August Wilson, Fences People and Cultures in Conflict and Change: Additional Activities for Writing and Discussion Interchapter on Notebooks and Journals (V) These Notes Are My Daily Prayer, Jules Renard 21. Work and the Quality of Life Short Stories Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener Kate Chopin, A Pair of Silk Stockings Anton Chekhov, Gooseberries Jean Thompson, Applause, Applause Lorrie Moore, How to Become a Writer Poems William Wordsworth, The World Is Too Much with Us John Keats, When I have fears that I may cease to be Walt Whitman, Sparkles from the Wheel; The Ox-Tamer Emily Dickinson, Success is counted sweetest William Butler Yeats, Adam's Curse Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening; Out, Out-- Ishigaki Rin, The Pan, The Pot, the Fire I Have Before Me Denise Levertov, O Taste and See Wislawa Szmborska, Advertisement; Writing a Resume James Wright, Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota Herbert Scott, Boss in the Back Room Ted Kooser, A Death at the Office Jack Ridl, Last Ditch Jan Beatty, A Waitress's Instructions on Tipping, or Get the Cash Up and Don't Waste My Time Janice M. Lynch, Excerpts from Sixty-Four Caprices for a Long-Distance Swimmer: Notes on Swimming 100 Miles Nonfiction/Essays Henry David Thoreau, Where I Lived, and What I Lived For Thomas Moore, The Sacred Arts of Life Michael Dorris, Life Stories Linda Hogan, Waking Up the Rake Elizabeth Larsen, Buying Time Play Henrik Ibsen, The Master Builder Work and the Quality of Life: Additional Activities for Writing and Discussion Interchapter on Notebooks and Journals (VI) Your Passing Thoughts: Ralph Waldo Emerson Appendices A. Sample Creative Writings B. Sample Essays about Literature C. Glossary of Literary Terms D. Notes on Authors