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Reading and Writing from Literature, 3rd Edition

  • John E. Schwiebert Weber State University
  • ISBN-10: 061845411X  |  ISBN-13: 9780618454112
  • 1248 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2001, 1997
  • © 2005 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $146.25



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.

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; Gary Soto, "Behind Grandma''s House"
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"
Activities for Writing
Readings: Ellen Goodman, "Live-In Myths"; Barbara Crooker, "Patty''s Charcoal Drive-In"; Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, excerpt from Night Flight
Incident: "Humans and Other Animals"
Picture: Grant Wood, American Gothic
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"; Katharine Brush, "Birthday Party"; Sloan Wilson, excerpt from The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit; Cullen Murphy, "The Utmost Measures"
4. "Hurry Notes": Keeping a Commonplace Book
What You Think
Honor Your Thoughts by Writing Them Down
Why Take Notes?
Sample Published and Unpublished Notes
Collecting Quotations
Four Ways to Use Your Notes
Activities for Writing
5. Writing in Diverse Forms: The Topic/Form Grid
Activities for Writing
II. Writing Essays About Literature
6. Ways of Planning: Thinking and Writing Recursively
Putting Essays About Literature into Context
Cultivating Recursive Habits of Thinking
Writing Mini-Essays to Practice Concise Expression
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: Listing and Sequencing
Getting Feedback from a Peer or a Small Group
Activity for Writing
Checklist of Activities for Planning an Essay About Literature
7. Ways of Drafting: Building a Barn in a Tornado
Beginning with Limited Expectations
Two Ways of Drafting
From Throwaway Draft to Rough Draft
Checklist of Activities for Drafting
8. Ways of Revising: Caring and Not Caring
Putting Revision into Context
Global and Local Revisions
A Checklist of Questions for Looking Critically at Your Draft
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
9. Writing Arguments
What Is Argument?
Argument Is Dialogic
Analysis of a Sample Argument: Barbara Kingsolver, "The One-Eyed Monster, and Why I Don''t Let Him In"
Steps for Writing an Argument
A Sample Essay, "Apocalypse in a Teacup: William Blake''s ''The Clod and the Pebble''"
10. Writing Literature-Based Research Papers
Introductory Remarks
Keeping a Research Log
Preresearch Steps to Narrow Your Focus and Save Time
An Example of the Preresearch Process
Identifying Useful Sources of Information
Locating and Keeping Track of Sources
Reading Efficiently: Consult the Table of Contents, Index, and Bibliography
Citing Your Sources: Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing
Incorporating Outside Sources into Your Essay
11. Documenting Research Essays
Troy''s Final Essay
Excerpts from Troy''s Log
When You Need to Cite or Acknowledge a Source
MLA Documentation Style
Preparing Your List of Works Cited
III. Creating a Writing Portfolio
12. Making the Works: Twelve Strategies for Revising
1. Start Over: Consult Chapter 3
2. Start Over: Rewrite Using a Topic/Form Grid
3. Use the "Checklist of Questions for Looking Critically at 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. Break the Revision Task into Smaller Steps
10. Take Advantage of Small Bits of Time
11. Use Your Small Notepad or Commonplace Book
12. Try Various Miscellaneous Revision Strategies
Checklist of Strategies for Revising
Activities for Writing
13. 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 of Your Final Selections
IV. An Introduction to the Major Genres
14. Short Stories
Point of View
Theme and Setting
15. Poetry
Major Types of Poetry
Speaker and Situation
Poetic Meter
Rhyme and Sound Effects
Diction and Syntax
Figurative Language
16. Essays
Sample Essay: Judith Ortiz Cofer''s "Primary Lessons"
Persona and Voice
Style and Language
Citations of Other Texts; Allusions
17. Plays
Characters and Plot
18. Notebooks and Journals
An Ideal Democracy of Thoughts
The Art of the Reflective Pause
Cultivating the Private Life
Make Your Own Walden
Generic Ideas for Writing in Response to Published Notebooks and Journals
Activities for Writing and Discussion
V. An Introduction to Figurative Language
19. Figurative Language
Steps for Analyzing or "Unpacking" a Metaphor
Metaphors of the Human Mind
Verbal Irony
Metonymy and Synecdoche
Activities for Writing and Discussion
VI. A Thematic Anthology of Readings
20. 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]"
Claire Kemp, "Keeping Company"
Raymond Carver, "Call If You Need Me"
Po-Chu-I, "Rejoicing at the Arrival of Ch''ên Hsiung"
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
William Blake, "The Clod & the Pebble"
Walt Whitman, "I Heard You Solemn-Sweet Pipes of the Organ"
--, "I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing"
Christina Rossetti, "Margery"
--, "In an Artist''s Studio"
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"
--, "Novella"
Derek Walcott, "The Young Wife"
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"
Francine du Plessix Gray, "On Friendship"
Scott Russell Sanders, "Looking At Women"
Susan Glaspell, Trifles
Terrence McNally, Andre''s Mother
Gender and Relationships: Additional Activities for Writing and Discussion
Interchapter on Notebooks and Journals (I)
The Notebook as "Pure" Poetry: Joseph Joubert
21. 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"
William Carlos Williams, "The Last Words of My English Grandmother"
Theodore Roethke, "My Papa''s Waltz"
Anna Swir, "I Wash the Shirt"
--, "The Greatest Love"
Gwendolyn Brooks, "Sadie and Maud"
Charles Bukowski, "my old man"
Donald Hall, "My Son My Executioner"
A. K. Ramanujan, "Self-Portrait"
Ted Kooser, "Father"
Sharon Olds, "The Elder Sister"
Linda Hogan, "Heritage"
Yusef Komunyakaa, "My Father''s Love Letters"
Timothy Young, "The Thread of Sunlight"
Deb Casey, "ZOOOOOOOM"
Rita Dove, "Fifth Grade Autobiography"
Sharon Hashimoto, "Eleven A.M. on My Day Off, My Sister Phones Desperate for a Babysitter"
Debra Kang Dean, "Taproot"
Joy Harjo, "The Place of Origins"
Fenton Johnson, "The Limitless Heart"
Barbara Kingsolver, "Letter to My Mother"
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
22. Experience and Identity
Short Stories
D. H. Lawrence, "The Rocking-Horse Winner"
Katherine Mansfield, "Miss Brill"
William Faulkner, "Barn Burning"
Naguib Mahfouz, "Zaabalawi"
Annette Sanford, "Nobody Listens When I Talk"
Toni Cade Bambara, "The Lesson"
Alice Walker, "The Flowers"
William Blake, "Proverbs of Hell"
--, "The Tyger"
William Wordsworth, "I wandered lonely as a cloud"
Walt Whitman, "To You"
--, "A Noiseless Patient Spider"
Emily Dickinson, "Because I could not stop for Death"
--, "One need not be a Chamber--to be Haunted--"
--, "''Faith'' is a fine invention"
Thomas Hardy, "The Ruined Maid"
Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Spring and Fall"
Denise Levertov, "Contraband"
Maya Angelou, "Seven Women''s Blessed Assurance"
Audre Lorde, "Hanging Fire"
Mary Oliver, "The Black Snake"
-- "Some Questions You Might Ask"
Mark Rudman, "Chrome"
Gary Soto, "Oranges"
G. K. Chesteron, "A Defence of Humility"
Maya Angelou, "Graduation"
Edward Hoagland, "Learning to Eat Soup"
Judith Ortiz Cofer, "Primary Lessons"
Rebecca Solnit, "The Disembodiment of Everyday Life"
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
23. Individual and Society
Short Stories
Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Birthmark"
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"
Shams-ud-din Muhammad (Hafiz), "Elephant Wondering"
--, "For Three Days"
--, "What Should We Do About that Moon?"
Walt Whitman, excerpts from "Song of Myself"
--, "I Sing the Body Electric"
Emily Dickinson, "Much Madness is divinest Sense"
--, "The Soul selects her own Society"
--, "Tell all the Truth but tell it slant"
--, "What Soft--Cherubic Creatures"
Edward Arlington Robinson, "Richard Cory"
Antonio Machado, excerpts from Proverbs and Song-verse
Bertolt Brecht, "Questions from a Worker Who Reads"
Stanislaw J. Lec, excerpts from Unkempt Thoughts
Julio Cortázar, "Preamble to the Instructions on How to Wind a Watch"
Margaret Atwood, "The City Planners"
Laure-Anne Bosselaar, "The Bumper Sticker"
Cathy Appel, "Letters"
Leo Romero, "What the Gossips Saw"
Sei Shonagon, excerpts from The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon
Samuel Johnson, The Rambler #146 [On Celebrity]
--, The Rambler #159 [On Bashfulness]
Arthur Schopenhauer, "On Thinking for Oneself"
Adrienne Rich, "A Leak in History"
Carol Bly, "Growing Up Expressive"
William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice
Individual and Society: Additional Activities for Writing and Discussion
Interchapter on Notebooks and Journals (IV)
"These Notes Are My Daily Prayer": Jules Renard
24. People and Cultures in Conflict and Change
Short Stories
Edgar Allan Poe, "The Black Cat"
Clarise Lispector, "The Smallest Woman in the World"
Margaret Atwood, "The Man from Mars"
James Alan McPherson, "A Loaf of Bread"
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"
Martín Espada, "Coca-Cola and Coco-Frío"
Thomas S. Whitecloud, "Blue Winds Dancing"
Wendell Berry, "Think Little"
Leslie Marmon Silko, "Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian Perspective"
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"
August Wilson, Fences
People and Cultures in Conflict and Change: Additional Activities for Writing and Discussion
Interchapter on Notebooks and Journals (V)
Your Passing Thoughts: Ralph Waldo Emerson
25. Work and the Quality of Life
Short Stories
Kate Chopin, "A Pair of Silk Stockings"
Anton Chekhov, "Gooseberries"
Sloan Wilson, excerpt from The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Raymond Carver, "Kindling"
Alan Gurganus, "He''s at the Office"
Lorrie Moore, "How to Become a Writer"
William Wordsworth, "The World Is Too Much With Us"
John Keats, "When I have fears that I may cease to be"
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 Szymborska, "Advertisement"
James Wright, "Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy''s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota"
Ursala Fanthorpe, "You Will Be Hearing from Us Shortly"
Gary Snyder, "Axe Handles"
Herbert Scott, "Boss in the Back Room"
Ted Kooser, "A Death at the Office"
Jack Ridl, "Last Ditch"
Tara Patel, "In Bombay"
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"
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"
Barbara Kingsolver, "The One-Eyed Monster, and Why I Don''t Let Him In"
Henrik Ibsen, The Master Builder
Work and the Quality of Life: Additional Activities for Writing and Discussion
Coda: Literature, So What?
Reclaiming the Pleasures of Time and Space
A Short Life Can Be a Very Long One
"Life...Too Strong to Stop, Too Sweet to Lose"
A. Sample Creative Writings
B. Sample Essays About Literature
C. Glossary of Literary Terms
D. Notes on the Authors

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

John E. Schwiebert

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.