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Concise, authoritative, and packed with compelling works, this classic remains essential for today's readers. PERRINE'S STORY & STRUCTURE, 15e, by Greg Johnson provides a complete overview of the key elements of fiction, along with a diverse selection of important and engaging stories to illustrate them. An entire section is devoted to Nathaniel Hawthorne, Flannery O'Connor, and Joyce Carol Oates and includes three stories by each author as well as essays by noted critics on their works. The 15th edition also includes new selections by Raymond Carver and Annie Proulx and is completely up to date with the latest MLA guidelines.
- The 15th edition includes new selections by Raymond Carver and Annie Proulx -- major voices in contemporary fiction.
- The "Three Featured Writers" section offers a new focus on the short stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne. The section has also been refreshed with replacement stories for Flannery O'Connor and Joyce Carol Oates -- the other two featured writers.
- The "Writing About Fiction" section has been completely updated to reflect the latest MLA guidelines.
- This concise, authoritative classic provides a complete overview of the essential elements of fiction, along with a diverse selection of important and engaging stories to illustrate them.
- The section on featured writers Nathaniel Hawthorne, Flannery O'Connor, and Joyce Carol Oates includes three stories by each author as well as essays by noted critics on their works.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne is the first 19th-century author to be included in the featured writers section, offering insight into a pioneer in the short story so that students may grasp the historical development of the form.
1. Reading the Story.
Reviewing Chapter One. Richard Connell, "The Most Dangerous Game." Tobias Wolff, "Hunters in the Snow." Understanding and Evaluating Fiction. Suggestions for Writing.
2. Plot and Structure.
Reviewing Chapter Two. Graham Greene, "The Destructors." Alice Munro, "How I Met My Husband." Kazuo Ishiguro, "A Family Supper." Suggestions for Writing.
Reviewing Chapter Three. Alice Walker, "Everyday Use." Katherine Mansfield, "Miss Brill." James Baldwin, "Sonny''s Blues." James Joyce, "Araby." Suggestions for Writing.
Reviewing Chapter Four. F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Babylon Revisited." Anton Chekhov, "The Darling." Eudora Welty, "A Worn Path." Nadine Gordimer, "Once Upon a Time." Suggestions for Writing.
5. Point of View.
Reviewing Chapter Five. Willa Cather, "Paul''s Case." Shirley Jackson, "The Lottery." Katherine Anne Porter, "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall." Ernest Hemingway, "Hills Like White Elephants." Suggestions for Writing.
6. Symbol, Allegory, and Fantasy.
Reviewing Chapter Six. D. H. Lawrence, "The Rocking-Horse Winner." Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Young Goodman Brown." Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper." Ray Bradbury, "There Will Come Soft Rains." Suggestions for Writing.
7. Humor and Irony.
Reviewing Chapter Seven. Daniel Orozco, "Orientation." Mark Twain, "Cannibalism in the Cars." Albert Camus, "The Guest." John Updike, "A & P." Suggestions for Writing.
8. Evaluating Fiction.
Reviewing Chapter Eight. Guy de Maupassant, "The Necklace." Edith Wharton, "Roman Fever." Suggestions for Writing.
Part II: THREE FEATURED WRITERS: NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, FLANNERY O''CONNOR, JOYCE CAROL OATES.
9. Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Young Goodman Brown," "The Minister''s Black Veil," "The Birthmark." Richard Harter Fogle, "Hawthorne''s Fiction: The Light and the Dark." James R. Mellow, On "Young Goodman Brown." Nancy Bunge, On "The Minister''s Black Veil." Judith Fetterley, From "Women Beware Science: ''The Birthmark.''" Flannery O''Connor, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," "Good Country People," "Revelation." Critical Perspectives on O''Connor. Flannery O''Connor, "Letter to a Professor of English." Madison Jones, From "A Good Man''s Predicament." Dorothy Walters, On "Revelation." Sarah Gordon, On "Good Country People." Joyce Carol Oates, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" "Life after High School," "The Scarf." Critical Perspectives on Oates. Joyce Carol Oates, From "Stories That Define Me: The Making of a Writer." Joyce Carol Oates, ''''Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?'''' and "Smooth Talk: Short Story into Film." Elaine Showalter, On "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Greg Johnson, On "Life After High School" and "The Scarf."
Part III: WRITING ABOUT FICTION.
1. Why Write about Literature?
2. For Whom Do You Write?
3. Two Basic Approaches.
4. Choosing a Topic.
Papers That Focus on a Single Story. Papers of Comparison and Contrast. Papers on a Number of Works by a Single Author. Papers on a Number of Works with Some Feature Other Than Authorship in Common.
5. Proving Your Point.
6. Writing the Paper.
7. Writing In-Class Essays or Essay Tests.
8. Introducing Quotations (Q1-Q10).
Textual Documentation (TD1-TD4). Parenthetical Documentation (PD1-PD6). Documentation by List of Works Cited. Documentation of Electronic Sources.
10. Stance and Style (S1-S6).
11. Grammar, Punctuation, and Usage: Common Problems.
Grammar (G1-G2). Punctuation (P1-P5). Usage (U1-U2).
12. Writing Samples.
Fiction Explication: The Indeterminate Ending in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Fiction Analysis: The Function of the Frame Story in "Once Upon a Time."
Part IV: STORIES FOR FURTHER READING.
Raymond Carver, "Neighbors." Kate Chopin, "The Story of an Hour." William Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily." Susan Glaspell, "A Jury of Her Peers." Zora Neale Hurston, "Sweat." Henry James, "The Real Thing." Franz Kafka, "The Metamorphosis." Jhumpa Lahiri, "Interpreter of Maladies." Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas." Edgar Allan Poe, "The Fall of the House of Usher." Annie Proulx, "Job History." Ron Rash, "The Ascent."
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Online Instructor's Manual
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