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Close reading : an introduction to literature

Author: Elisabeth A Howe
Publisher: Boston : Longman, ©2010.
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"Written for an Introduction to Literature course, Close Reading allows students to examine the language and structure of a text, as well as the ideas or feelings it expresses, and to investigate the intricate links between form and content. It helps students to see such issues as sound and rhythm, imagery and figurative language, voice, the way characters are portrayed, the importance of setting, plot structure -  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elisabeth A Howe
ISBN: 9780132436564 0132436566
OCLC Number: 154806644
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface Introduction to Close Reading PART 1 POETRY Chapter 1 Introduction to Aspects of Poetry Aspects of Poetry Lyric poetry and narrative poetry Formal characteristics of poetry Ambiguity Vocabulary Denotations and connotations Semantic fields Specialized vocabulary Exercises on vocabulary Imagery Figurative Language Simile and Metaphor Allegory Anaphora Antithesis Apostrophe Hyperbole Irony Metaphor Metonymy Oxymoron Paradox Personification Simile Symbol Synecdoche Understatement Exercises on imagery and figurative language Sounds Alliteration Assonance Onomatopoeia Exercises on sounds Rhythm Types of rhythm Enjambment Exercises on rhythm Versification The verse line Meter Meter and rhythm Meter and syntax Punctuation Enjambment Exercises on meter Rhyme Blank verse Stanzas Fixed forms Sonnet Exercises on rhyme and stanza forms Free verse Speaker, Voice and Tone First-person lyric Tone Exercises on speaker and tone Structure Division into parts Closure Exercises on structure Chapter 2 Writing A Close Reading of a Poem Preparing to Write a Close Reading of a Poem Preparatory Reading Annotating the poem Your audience Quoting titles Quoting from the poem Paraphrasing Clarity and Style Writing a Close Reading of a Poem Title The introduction Theme The detailed analysis The conclusion Revision Avoiding Plagiarism Summary of elements to discuss in a poem Chapter 3 CLOSE READINGS OF POEMS Model Close Readings of Poems "Death, be not proud" by John Donne "When I heard the learn'd astronomer" by Walt Whitman "Mid-Term Break" by Seamus Heaney "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden Commentary on model close reading #4 Towards Close Reading: Poems accompanied by questions "That time of year thou may'st in me behold" by William Shakespeare "She Walks in Beauty" by Alfred, Lord Byron "Meeting at Night" by Robert Browning "A noiseless patient spider" by Walt Whitman "Acquainted with the Night" by Robert Frost "Naming of Parts" by Henry Reed "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers" by Adrienne Rich "Harlem (A Dream Deferred)" by Langston Hughes PART 2 PROSE Chapter 4 Introduction to Aspects of Prose Aspects of Prose Plot Flashbacks Foreshadowing Conflict Exposition, Development, Crisis, Denouement Scene and summary Exercises on plot Characterization Psychological, social and philosophical functions Ways of knowing a character Exercises on characterization Point of View The narrator First and third person narration Unreliable narrators Omniscient narration Limited omniscience Stream of consciousness Objective narration Exercises on point of view Setting Realistic and symbolic settings Atmosphere and mood Exercises on setting Style Syntax Punctuation Choice of vocabulary Description Narrative Persuasion Dialogue Repetitions of words Other stylistic devices Symbols Irony Exercises on style Theme Exercises on theme Chapter 5 Writing A Close Reading of a Prose Passage Preparing to write a close reading of a prose passage Preparatory work Annotating the text Your audience Quoting from the text Writing a close reading of a prose passage Title The introduction The detailed analysis The conclusion Revision Avoiding Plagiarism Summary of Elements to discuss in a prose passage Chapter 6 CLOSE READINGS OF PROSE PASSAGES Model Close Readings of Prose Passages "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe "The Lady with the Dog" by Anton Chekhov "The Storm" by Kate Chopin Commentary on model close reading #3 Towards Close Reading: Prose passages accompanied by questions "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin "The Lady with the Dog" by Anton Chekhov "Araby" by James Joyce "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner "A & P" by John Updike "A Pair of Tickets" by Amy Tan PART 3 DRAMA Chapter 7 Introduction to Aspects of Drama Aspects of drama Drama as performance Suspension of disbelief Mimesis Tragedy and comedy Stage directions Dialogue Natural and informative dialogue The language of dialogue Gestures and facial expressions Dramatic irony Monologues, soliloquies, asides Exercises on dialogue Characterization "Flat" and "rounded" characters Stereotypes Exercises on characterization Plot Conflict Suspense, surprise Exposition, development, crisis, denouement Eercise on plot Theme Exercises on theme Setting Historical period Realistic and symbolic settings Costumes, Props, Lighting, Sound Effects Chapter 8 Writing a Close Reading of A Dramatic Passage Preparing to write a close reading of a dramatic passage Writing a close reading of a dramatic passage The introduction The detailed analysis The conclusion Revision Avoiding Plagiarism Summary of Elements to discuss in a dramatic passage Chapter 9 CLOSE READINGS OF DRAMATIC PASSAGES Model Close Readings of dramatic passages A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen Trifles by Susan Glaspell Commentary on model close reading #2 Towards Close Reading: Dramatic passages accompanied by questions Hamlet by William Shakespeare Othello by William Shakespeare A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov Trifles by Susan Glaspell PART 4 MOVING BEYOND CLOSE READING: OTHER TYPES OF WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE Chapter 10 Short Essays Types of Essay Preparatory Work Annotating the text and making notes Your audience Writing the essay Title Introduction Using quotations Paragraphs Conclusion Use of present tense and first person Revision Sample short essay Commentary on the essay Sample short essay on a short story ("A Pair of Tickets") Commentary on the essay Sample short essay on a play ("Trifles") Commentary on the essay Writing Aids Chapter 11 Research Papers Primary and secondary texts Searching for secondary texts Taking notes from secondary sources Avoiding plagiarism Incorporating secondary sources into your paper Organizing your paper Integrating quotations Documentation Referring to works cited Chapter 12 Brief Introduction to literary criticism Historical criticism Biographical criticism Formalist (New) criticism Structuralist criticism Archetypal criticism Psychoanalytic criticism Deconstruction Feminist criticism Reader-response criticism Appendix 1: The Phonetic Alphabet Appendix 2: Selection of poems: Blake, William "The Sick Rose" "The Tyger" Browning, Robert "Meeting at Night" Byron, George Gordon "She Walks in Beauty" Coleridge, Samuel Taylor "Kubla Khan" Dickinson, Emily "Wild Nights" Donne, John "Death, be not proud" Dunbar, Paul "We Wear the Mask" Frost, Robert "Acquainted with the Night" Hayden, Robert "Those Winter Sundays" Heaney, Seamus "Mid-Term Break" Hughes, Langston "Harlem (A Dream Deferred)" Keats, John "Ode on a Grecian Urn" "Ode to a Nightingale" "To Autumn" Magee, John Gillespie "High Flight" Marvell, Andrew "To His Coy Mistress" McKay, Claude "The White City" Nemerov, Howard "The Vacuum" Pastan, Linda "To a Daughter Leaving Home' Reed, Henry "Naming of Parts" Rich, Adrienne "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers" Rossetti, Christina "Up-Hill" Shakespeare, William "That time of year thou may'st in be behold" Shelley, Percy Bysshe "Ode to the West Wind" Tennyson, Alfred "The Eagle" "Ulysses" Whitman, Walt "A noiseless patient spider" "When I heard the learn'd astronomer" Wordsworth, William "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" "It is a beauteous evening" "I wandered lonely as a cloud" Appendix 3: Selection of short stories : Chekhov, Anton "The Lady with the Dog" Chopin, Kate "The Storm" "The Story of an Hour" Faulkner, Willliam "A Rose for Emily" Hawthorne, Nathaniel "Young Goodman Brown" Joyce, James "Araby" "The Boarding House" Maupassant, Guy de "The Jewelry" "The Necklace" Poe, Edgar Allen "The Black Cat" "The Cask of Amontillado" Tan, Amy "A Pair of Tickets" Updike, John "A & P" Appendix 4: Selection of plays: Glaspell, Susan Trifles Appendix 5: Glossary of Literary Terms
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"Written for an Introduction to Literature course, Close Reading allows students to examine the language and structure of a text, as well as the ideas or feelings it expresses, and to investigate the intricate links between form and content. It helps students to see such issues as sound and rhythm, imagery and figurative language, voice, the way characters are portrayed, the importance of setting, plot structure - all the elements that make literature 'literary' - changes the way in which they approach their study of literature. The book covers poetry, fiction, and drama." -- Provided by publisher.

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