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Text Book: Writing Through Literature / Edition 3

Text Book: Writing Through Literature / Edition 3

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Designed for literature-based writing courses, Text Book introduces students to the idea that literary texts and ordinary spoken and written language share many of the same features. By providing imaginative methods and unique assignments that let students work with those features in their writing, Text Book involves students in the processes of exploring literature creatively, not simply consuming and analyzing it, helping them understand literature "from the inside out."

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ISBN-13: 9780312248796
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 12/28/2001
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

ROBERT SCHOLES, professor of modern culture and media at Brown University, is a distinguished teacher and a leading scholar in literary studies. He has published many influential books and articles, including The Rise and Fall of English: Reconstructing English as a Discipline (1998); Protocols of Reading (1989); and Textual Power: Literary Theory and the Teaching of English (1985), which won the Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize of the Modern Language Association in 1986 and the David H. Russell Research Award from NCTE in 1988. Scholes is a contributor of numerous articles and book reviews to learned journals, literary magazines, and weekly reviews. His Bedford/St. Martin's publications include The Practice of Writing, Fifth Edition (2001) with Nancy R. Comley and Janice Peritz, and Fields of Reading: Motives for Writing, Sixth Edition (2001) with Nancy R. Comley, David Hamilton, Carl H. Klaus, and Nancy Sommers.

NANCY R. COMLEY, professor and chair of English and former Director of Freshman Composition at Queens College, CUNY, has written numerous articles on teaching writing and literature and on modernist literature. She has published, with Robert Scholes, Hemingway's Genders: Rereading the Hemingway Text (1994). Her Bedford/St. Martin's publications include The Practice of Writing, Fifth Edition (2001) with Robert Scholes and Janice Peritz and Fields of Reading: Motives for Writing, Sixth Edition (2001) with David Hamilton, Carl H. Klaus, Robert Scholes, and Nancy Sommers.

GREGORY L. ULMER, professor of English and Media Studies at the University of Florida, has published numerous professional articles and books on critical theory and electronic communication, including Heuretics: The Logic of Invention (1994), Teletheory: Grammatology in the Age of Video (1989), and Applied Grammatology: Post(e)-Pedagogy from Jacques Derrida to Joseph Beuys (1985). As coordinator of the Electronic Learning Forum (, Ulmer collaborates with students and faculty at the University of Florida and elsewhere on projects relating to teaching, research, and service involving new media and technology.

Table of Contents

1. Texts as Representation

Story and Storyteller
Mary Louise Pratt, Natural Narrative
For Discussion and Writing: Telling and Writing Anecdotes

The "Literary" Anecdote
Walter Benjamin, Ordnance
Patricia J. Williams, Polar Bears
*Paul Auster, Tell Me a Story
Storm Jameson, Departures
*Brent Staples, Blake
For Discussion and Writing: Analyzing Anecdotes

The Short Story
Kate Chopin, The Kiss
For Discussion and Writing: Comparing "Natural" and "Literary" Narratives
William Carlos Williams, The Use of Force
For Discussion and Writing: Evaluating and Interpreting Anecdote and Story
*Grace Paley, A Conversation with My Father
For Discussion and Writing: What makes a "Good Story"?

Character and Confrontation
*Susan Glaspell, Trifles
For Discussion and Writing: Staging and Writing Drama
Kate Chopin, dialogue from The Kiss
For Discussion and Writing: Changing Dialogue to Drama
Erving Goffman, Character Contests
For Discussion and Writing: Analyzing and Writing Character Contests
August Strindberg, The Stronger
For Discussion and Writing: Revising a Character Contest
Martin Esslin, from Aristotle and the Advertisers: The Television Commercial as Drama
*AIG: The Greatest Risk Is Not Taking One
For Discussion and Writing:Reversals and Recognitions

Representation and Its Complications
*Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Film of Familiarity
*Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Veil of Familiarity
*Victor Shklovsky, Defamiliarization
For Discussion and Writing: The Familiar and the Unfamiliar
*Man Ray, 221 Boulevard Raspail
*René Magritte, Personal Values
*Ezra Pound, In a Station of the Metro
*W. S. Merwin, Tool
*E. E. Cummings, r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r

2. Texts, Thoughts, and Things
The Linguistic Basis of Metaphor
Roger Brown, What Words Are: Reference and Categories
For Discussion and Writing: Defining Categories
Roger Brown, What Words Are: Metaphor
Robert Herrick, Delight in Disorder
For Discussion and Writing: Defining Metaphor

Metaphor in Three Poems
W. S. Merwin, Separation
For Discussion and Writing: Metaphor and the Unexpected
W. H. Auden, Let Us Honor…
For Discussion and Writing: Modifying Metaphor
Sylvia Plath, Metaphors
For Discussion and Writing: Making Metaphors

Metaphor and Dream
Sigmund Freud, from Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
*Tony Crisp, Getting to Work on Your Dream
*Julia and Derek Parker, Symbolism
For Discussion and Writing: Interpreting the Defamiliarized World
*Edward Hopper, Night Shadows
*Giorgio de Chirico, Surrealist Versailles
*Giorgio de Chirico, Mystery and Melancholy of a Street

Surrealist Metaphor
*André Breton, Surrealist Images
For Discussion and Writing: Comparing Terms: Freud and Breton
*André Breton, Surrealist Methods
For Discussion and Writing: Constructing and Analyzing a Random Assemblage

Poetic Uses of Metaphor
For Discussion and Writing: Analyzing the Work of Metaphors in Poetry
Ono No Kamachi, Doesn't He Realize…
John Donne, The Flea
Stephen Spender, Word
Robert Francis, Pitcher
Margaret Atwood, You fit into me
Marge Piercy, You don't understand me
Adrienne Rich, Moving in Winter
*Emily Dickinson, Because I could not stop for Death
*Theodore Roethke, Dolor
*W. S. Merwin, Coming to the Morning
*Edna St. Vincent Millay, Spring
*Wallace Stevens, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Metaphor As a Basis for Thought
George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, Concepts We Live By
For Discussion and Writing: Using Metaphorical Concepts

Metaphorical Concepts
Robert W. Keidel, A New Game for Managers to Play
For Discussion and Writing: Using Sports Metaphors
Susan Sontag, from AIDS and Its Metaphors
For Discussion and Writing: Analyzing Metaphors of Disease

Arguing with Metaphor: Analogy and Ideology
*Emily Martin, The Egg and the Sperm
For Discussion and Writing: Arguing About Metaphors in Science

Hidden Meaning: Parables and Allegory
*The Gospel of Mark, The Parables of Jesus
*Franz Kafka, On Parables and Before the Law
*Jorge Luis Borges, Borges and I and Ragnarök
Italo Calvino, Cities and Memory: Isidora and Continuous Cities: Cecilia
John Barth, Night-Sea Journey
For Discussion and Wrting: Composing Parables

Metaphor And Metonymy: Advertising
For Discussion and Writing: Comparing and Analyzing Metaphoric and Metonymic Qualities in Advertising

3. Texts and Other Texts

Book of Judges, Samson
John Milton, From Samson Agonistes
Nike Advertisement, Samson
For Discussion and Writing: Analyzing a Textual Network

Transforming Texts (1)
Raymond Queneau, from Transformations
For Discussion and Writing: Making Your Own Transformations

Transforming Texts (2): Sleeping Beauties
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Thorn-rose (Briar-rose): The Manuscript

*Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Thorn-rose (Briar-rose): from Grimm's Fairy Tales, 6th Edition
*Charles Perrault, The Sleeping Beauty (La belle au bois dormant)
*Robert Coover, Five Sections from Briar Rose
For Discussion and Writing: Comparing Versions and Transforming Tales

Completing Texts: The Reader's Work
*Ernest Hemingway, Up in Michigan
For Discussion and Writing: Defining Love: Writing the Reader's Work
*Louise Erdrich, The Red Convertible
For Discussion and Writing: Cultural Knowledge and Cultural Icons

Identifying with Texts
Robert Ray, The Culmination of Classic Hollywood: Casablanca
Woody Allen, from Play It Again, Sam
Russell Banks, Bambi, A Boy's Story
For Discussion and Writing: Analyzing Films: Intertexts, Ideologies, Icons

On Interpretation
For Discussion and Writing: Proposing Your Own Theory of Literary Interpretation
*Frank Kermode, The Purpose of Parables
*Susan Sontag, Interpretation as Interference
*Umberto Eco, The Intention of the Text

Interpreting Texts
*Bruno Bettelheim, The Sleeping Beauty
For Discussion and Writing: Analyzing a Freudian Interpretation
*Francine Prose, On "Sleeping Beauty"
For Discussion and Writing: Reading and Making a Cultural Critique
*Nancy R. Comley and Robert Scholes, Interpreting "Up in Michigan"
For Discussion and Writing: Considering Intention and Interpretation
*Robert Scholes, Interpreting "Pitcher"
For Discussion and Writing: Interpreting a Poem

Text And Hypertext

4. Texts and Research: The Mystory

* Lewy Olfson, ed. The Sorrows of Young Werther (plot outline)
* Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, from The Sorrows of Young Werther
For Discussion and Writing: Analyzing the Tutor Text: Werther
*from Reflections on Werther
The Fragment
Roland Barthes, from A Lover's Discourse
For Discussion and Writing: Composing an Identification
Archive: Texts of Identification
*Connie Porter, Rapunzel across Time and Space
For Discussion and Writing: Emblamatizing Identity
Eunice Lipton, History of an Encounter
For Discussion and Writing: Encountering Exemplary Histories
N. Scott Momaday, from The Way to Rainy Mountain
For Discussion and Writing: Creating Patterns across Discourse
*Susan Griffin, from A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War
For Discussion and Writing: Researching Recognition
The Signature
William Shakespeare, from Romeo and Juliet (II.ii. 33-61)
For Discussion and Writing: Naming Names
A. A. Roback, Names and Professions
For Discussion and Writing: Imagining Names
The Power of Names
Ralph Ellison, from Hidden Name and Complex Fate
Dale Spender, from Man Made Language
For Discussion and Writing: Changing Names
Writing from Signatures
James Joyce, Shem the Penman
* Jane Morgan, Christopher O'Neil, and Rom Harré, Nicknames: Their Origins and Social Consequences
For Discussion and Writing: Exploring the Name from Crest to Nickname

Signing: (The Proper Name)
Jacques Derrida, From Glas
For Discussion and Writing: Devising the Portrait
Archive: The Play of the Text
*Lawson Fusao Inada, Making it Stick
For Discussion and Writing: Popularizing Cultural Forms
*Nicholas Paley, Everyone Is Welcome
For Discussion and Writing: Stretching a Story
*Derek Pell, The Revolver: A Textual Transformation
FDW: Transforming the Historical Document
*A. C. Evans, from There are Many Roads to Space
FDW: Testing the Cut-Up
*John Cage, Writing for the Second Time through Finnegans Wake
FDW: Messing with Mesotics
*Susan Howe, Submarginalia

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