From the Publisher
Literature and Society is a thematically organized collection of short fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction selections by a diverse group of writers representing a wide range of voices -- in gender, age, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, social class. The anthology 1) offers a broad spectrum of selections--drawn from the traditional and the contemporary and from a wide variety of sectors of the literary world, 2) organizes the selections around socially relevant themes that students can relate to directly, and 3) provides strong pedagogical support for understanding the various forms of literature and for writing about them.
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From the Back Cover
An enriching introduction to the diverse and exciting world of literature, this anthology offers a broad collection of short fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction selections written by a diverse group of writers who represent different social classes, races, genders, cultures, and sexual orientations. Organizes selections around five socially relevant themesGrowing Up and Growing Older; Women and Men; Money and Work; Peace and War; and Varieties of Protest. Shows how literary technique serves larger purposesthe recreation of experience, the exploration of ideas, the analysis of social issuesand how these larger purposes themselves shape literary form. Explains the ways in which literary form creates meaning, and provides a strong emphasis on writing about literature throughout, with a full chapter on all stages of the writing process generating ideas, developing a thesis, discovering a form, drafting, revising, and editingplus numerous excerpts from sample papers and journals. Now contains 42 new works, with more by Native American and Latino/Latina writers, as well as Bertolt Brecht's play Mother Courage and Shakespeare's Othello; also includes 18 works of nonfiction prose that have been chosen both for their literary technique as well as for their exploration of the five major themes.