Synopses & Reviews
WRITING ANALYTICALLY WITH READINGS is two books in one, a guide to writing paired with a reader that teaches you how to have ideas and develop them in an academic setting and beyond. The writing guide offers a book-length treatment of analysis, a form of thinking and writing required in virtually all college courses. The writing guide is accompanied by a thematically arranged collection of readings and images--material for students like you to write about and to use as models and lenses in doing your own writing about the world.
About the Author
David Rosenwasser teaches at Muhlenberg College, a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, where he has been since the late 1980s. Along with Jill Stephen, he created and implemented the Writing Across the Curriculum program there through a series of faculty seminars. During these seminars, Rosenwasser and Stephen 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. 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, and 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
Part One: THE RHETORIC. Unit I: The Analytical Frame of Mind. 1. Introduction to This Book, to College Writing, and to Thinking About Thinking. 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 Readings: Moves to Make with Written Texts. 6. Interpretation and Argument: How to Make Plausible Claims and Take Reasonable Positions. 7. Making Common Topics More Analytical. Unit II: Writing Analytical Papers: How to Use Evidence, Evolve Claims, and Converse with Sources. 8. What Evidence Is and How It Works. 9. Using Evidence to Build a Paper: 10 on 1. 10. Making a Thesis Evolve. 11. Recognizing and Fixing Weak Thesis Statements. 12. Using Sources Analytically: The Conversation Model. 13. Finding, Citing, and Integrating Sources. Unit III: Matters of Form: The Shapes that Thought Takes. 14. Forms and Formats Across the Curriculum. 15. Introductions and Conclusions Across the Curriculum. 16. Revising for Style: Word Choice. 17. Revising for Style: The Rhetoric of the Sentence. 18. "I was absent that day in fifth grade": Another Chance to Understand Grammar and Punctuation. Part Two: THE READINGS. 19. Manners, Communication, and Technology. 20. Places and Spaces: Cities and Suburbs. 21. Seeing. 22. Race, Ethnicity, and the "MeltingPot." 23. The Language of Politics and the Politics of Language. 24. The Review as Cultural Analysis.