Writing about Literature: A Guide for the Student Critic

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Broadview Press, Dec 9, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 152 pages
Writing about Literature is the first undergraduate text to integrate recent genre theory and a "writing in the disciplines" approach to the teaching of critical writing. While encouraging students to develop and value their own interpretations, the text helps undergraduates understand the rhetorical and institutional conventions of critical writing. A cross between a rhetoric and a casebook, Writing about Literature provides clear, practical advice and accessible models for writing critical essays on literature—on prose fiction in particular. This book offers students an insider's guide to the language, issues, approaches, styles, assumptions, and traditions that inform the writing of successful critical essays.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
338
A Method for Learning Academic Discourse 15
352
Why It Is So Important to Become Aware of All Four Stances 28
365
Chapter 2
376
The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane
385
Exercises 55
392
Exercises 63
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The Six Common Places of Literary Criticism 69
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Critical Approaches 75
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Finding a Place for Your Interpretation in the Critical Conversation 85
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Chapter
4
Professional Essays 99
Exercises 120
Language Use in English Studies 129
Works Cited in Writing About Literature 137
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About the author (1999)

W.F. Garrett-Petts is Associate Professor of English at the University College of the Cariboo, where he teaches literature, rhetoric and composition, and critical theory. He has published widely on reading theory, contemporary literature, composition, and interdisciplinary practices.

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