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Author: Sylvan Barnet; Marcia Stubbs; Pat Bellanca
Publisher: New York : Longman, cop. 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 8th edView all editions and formats

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Genre/Form: priročniki
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sylvan Barnet; Marcia Stubbs; Pat Bellanca
ISBN: 0321023919 9780321023919
OCLC Number: 444925745
Description: XX, 588 str. : ilustr. ; 23 cm
Contents: (*Notes new to edition.)Preface. I. AN OVERVIEW OF THE WRITING PROCESS. 1. Discovering Ideas. Starting.How to Write: Writing as a Physical Act.Why Write? Writing as Thinking.Some Ideas about Ideas: Invention.An Exercise in Critical Reading.Reflections on the Death of a Library, Philip Roth.An Essay by a Student: On Philip Roth's Reflections.Keeping a Journal.Focusing.What to Write About: Subject, Topic, Thesis.Developing Ideas.Thinking About Audience and Purpose.Writing from Experience: Two Essays by Students.An Overview: from Subject to Essay.Exercises.Suggestions for Writing.2. Drafting and Revising. Reading Drafts.Imagining Your Audience and Asking Questions.Peer Review: The Benefits of Having a Real Audience.From Assignment to Essay: A Case History.Two Sides of a Story (student essay), Suki Hudson.Notes, Drafts, Revisions: An Historian Revises Her Work.*Prospero's Army, Frances FitzGerald.Suggestions for Writing.3. Shaping Paragraphs. Paragraph Form and Substance.Paragraph Unity: Topic Sentences, Topic Ideas.Examples of Topic Sentences at Beginning and at End, and of Topic Ideas.Unifying Ideas into Paragraphs.Organization in Paragraphs.Coherence in Paragraphs.Transitions.Repetition.Linking Paragraphs Together.*The Story Behind the Gestures (student essay), Cheryl Lee.Paragraph Length.The Use and Abuse of Short Paragraphs.Introductory Paragraphs.Concluding Paragraphs.A Checklist for Revising Paragraphs.Exercises.4. Revising Sentences for Conciseness. Instant Prose (Zonkers).How to Avoid Instant Prose.Extra Words and Empty Words.Weak Intensifiers and Qualifiers.Circumlocutions.Wordy Beginnings.Empty Conclusions.Wordy Uses of the Verbs To Be, To Have, and To Make. Redundancy.Negative Constructions.Extra Sentences, Extra Clauses: SubordinationSome Concluding Remarks About Conciseness.Exercises.5. Revising Sentences for Clarity. Clarity.Clarity and Exactness: Using the Right Word.Denotation.Connotation.Quotation Marks as Apologies.Being Specific.Using Examples.Jargon and Technical Language.Cliches.Metaphors and Mixed Metaphors.Euphemisms.A Digression on Public Lying.Passive or Active Voice?The Writer's "I".Clarity and Coherence.Cats Are Dogs.Items in a Series.Modifiers.Reference of Pronouns.Agreement.Three Additional Points.Repetition and Variation.Euphony.Transitions.Clarity and Sentence Structure: Parallelism.Love Poem, Robert Bly.Exercises.6. Revising Sentences for Emphasis. Emphasis by Position.Emphasis by Brevity and Length: Short and Long Sentences.Emphasis by Repetition.Emphasis by Subordination.Five Kinds of Sentences.Subordination.Exercises.7. The Writer's Voice. Defining Style.Style and Tone.Acquiring Style.Clarity and Texture.Originality and Imitation.Practice in Acquiring Style.Academic Styles, Academic Audiences.The Writer's Voice: Six Examples.Camille Paglia, William F. Buckley, Alfred North Whitehead, Terry Castle, Thomas R. Edwards, Patricia J. Williams.II. THE WRITER'S MATERIALS AND STRATEGIES. 8. Analytical Thinking and Writing. Analyzing a Drawing.Analyzing Texts.Classifying and Thinking.Examples of Classifying.Cause and Effect.*Advertising, Pornography, and Public Space, Dolores Hayden.Analysis and Description.Description at Work in the Analytic Essay.A Note on the Use of Summary in the Analytic Essay.Comparing.Organizing Short Comparisons.Longer Comparisons.Ways of Organizing an Essay Devoted to a Comparison.A Checklist for Revising Comparisons.Analyzing a Process.Two Essays Analyzing a Process.Tennis Tips to a Beginning Player (student essay), Susan Pope.It's the Portly Penguin That Gets the Girl, French Biologist Claims, Anne Hebald Mandelbaum.Explaining an Analysis.The Science of Deduction, Arthur Conan Doyle.Analysis at Work.*My Father's Photograph, Samantha Campbell.Columbo Knows the Butler Didn't Do It, Jeff Greenfield.The Endless Autumn, Nicolaus Mills.*The Word and the Web, Edward Mendelson.9. Narrating. The Uses of Narrative.Narrative Introductions.Narratives in Other Positions in an Essay.Inventing Stories.Narrative Pace: Scene and Summary.Organizing a Narrative.A Letter to the Editor (student writing).Topics for Critical Thinking and Writing.Narration at Work.A Conflict of Interest, Zora Neale Hurston.The Girls' Room, Laura Cunningham.*Anorexia: The Cheating Disorder, Richard Murphy.Zen and the Art of Burglary, Wu-tsu Fa-yen.10. Describing. Observing Details.Organizing a Description.Establishing the Observer's Position.Establishing the Observer's Point of View.Describing an Action.Description at Work.Observing Mrs. Taylor (student essay), Gina Men.Los Angeles Notebook, Joan Didion.Education, E. B. White.*From At the Buffalo Bill Museum-June 1988, Jane Tompkins.11. Defining. The Need for Definition.Kinds of Definitions.Inclusive/Exclusive Definitions.Stipulative Definitions.Definition by Origin or History.The Limits of Definition by Synonym.A Note on Using the Dictionary.A Checklist for Revising Definitions.Definition at Work.*The Plight of the Politically Correct (student essay), Lena Flora.Country Just Ain't What It Used to Be, Billy Altman.A Question of Language, Gloria Naylor.Four-Letter Words Can Hurt You, Barbara Lawrence.*Darwin's Disgust, William Ian Miller.12. Persuading. Making Reasonable Arguments.Making Reasonable Claims.Claims of Fact.Claims of Value.Claims of Policy.Three Kinds of Evidence: Examples, Testimony, Statistics.Examples.Testimony.Statistics.How Much Evidence Is Enough?Avoiding Fallacies.Wit.Avoiding Sarcasm.Organizing an Argument.A Checklist for Revising Drafts of Persuasive Essays.Persuasion at Work.Death and Justice: How Capital Punishment Affirms Life, Edward Koch.The Death Penalty, David Bruck.*The True Terror is in the Card, Robert Ellis Smith.*Radio Hoods, Patricia J. Williams.III. SOME FORMS OF ACADEMIC WRITING. 13. Outlining and Summarizing. Outlining.Scratch Outline.Paragraph Outline.Formal Outline.Summarizing.What a Summary Is.How to Write a Summary.How Much Summary Is Enough?Exercises.14. Reviewing. Writing a Book Review.*Review of The Hidden Writer: Diaries and the Creative Life, Jane Brox.Writing Other Reviews.*Deconstructing Pop: The Halo Benders (student essay), Joshua Derman.15. Interviewing. Writing an Essay Based on an Interview.*The Einstein of Happiness, Patricia Freeman.*Ethnobotanists Race Against Time to Save Useful Plants, Eileen Garred.Guidelines for Conducting the Interview and Writing the Essay.16. The Research Essay. What Research Is.Primary and Secondary Materials.Developing a Research Topic.Getting Started.The Library's Central Information System.The Online Catalog.Scanning Books and Book Reviews.Finding Articles in Periodicals.Finding Bibliographies.A Word on the Internet.Reading and Taking Notes on Secondary Sources.A Guide to Note Taking.Acknowledging Sources.Borrowing Without Plagiarizing.Fair Use of Common Knowledge."But How Else Can I Put It?"Writing the Essay.A Checklist for Reading Drafts.Documentation.MLA Format.APA Format.A Note on Other Systems of Documentation.Two Sample Research Essays.MLA Style.Politics and Psychology in the Awakening (student essay), Beatrice Cody.APA Style.*Nitrite: Preservative or Carcinogen? (student essay), Jacob Alexander.Exercises.17. Writing About Literature. Responding to Literary Texts.Reading Fiction.Muddy Road, Anonymous.*The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman.A Student's Response to "The Yellow Wallpaper": Aviva Geiger's Preliminary Exercises and Final Draft.Getting Ideas for Writing about Fiction.Checklist: Asking Questions about Fiction.Reading Poetry.Harlem, Langston Hughes.A Student Thinks About "Harlem": Richard Taub's Annotations, Journal Entries, Notes, and Final Draft.Getting Ideas for Writing about Poetry.Checklist: Asking Questions about Poems.A Range of Critical Approaches.Three Short Works of Fiction.Cat in the Rain, Ernest Hemingway.Girl, Jamaica Kincaid.*If You Touched My Heart, Isabel Allende.Three Poems.Sonnet 73, William Shakespeare.Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost.Immigrants, Pat Mora.18. Writing Essay Examinations. What Examinations Are.Writing Essay Answers.Questions on Literature.Questions on the Social Sciences.Questions on the Physical Sciences and Mathematics.IV. A WRITER'S HANDBOOK. 19. Punctuation. A Word on Computer Grammar and Punctuation Checks.Three Common Errors: Fragments, Comma Splices, and Run-on Sentences.Fragments and How to Correct Them.Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences, and How to Correct Them.The Period.The Question Mark.The Colon.The Semicolon.The Comma.The Dash.Parentheses.Italics.Capital Letters.The Hyphen.The Apostrophe.Abbreviations.Numbers.Exercises.20. Usage. A Note on Idioms.Glossary.21. Manuscript Form. Basic Manuscript Form.Using Quotations (and Punctuating Quotations Correctly).Corrections in the Final Copy.V. READINGS. Graduation, Maya Angelou.Nine Beginnings, Margaret Atwood.High Horse's Courting, Black Elk.To Lie or Not to Lie?-The Doctor's Dilemma, Sissela Bok.*Who Shot Johnny? Debra Dickerson.On Keeping a Notebook, Joan Didion.*Malcolm, the Aardvark and Me, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.Women's Brains, Stephen Jay Gould.Talking Back, Bell Hooks.*Texas, 1961, Mary Karr.Nonviolent Resistance, Martin Luther King, Jr.Why We Crave Horror Movies, Stephen King.Vivisection, C. S. Lewis.*Studies in the New Causality, Steve Martin.Being Asynchronous, Nicholas Negropponte.Total Effect and the Eighth Grade, Flannery O'Connor.Shooting an Elephant, George Orwell.Rape and the Modern Sex War, Camille Paglia.*Why Boys Don't Play with Dolls, Katha Pollitt.*The Future of Work, Robert B. Reich.Conversational Ballgames, Nancy Sakamoto.*Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space, Brent Staples.A Modest Proposal, Jonathan Swift.Stephen Cruz, Studs Terkel.Professions for Women, Virginia Woolf.Last Words.Literary Credits.Photo Credits.Index.
Responsibility: by Sylvan Barnet, Marcia Stubbs, Pat Bellanca.


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