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Exploring Literature: Writing and Arguing about Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Essay, 5th Edition 5th Edition

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Exploring Literature: Writing and Arguing About Fiction, Drama, Poetry and the Essay, 5/e

 

Frank Madden

 

With engaging selections, provocative themes, and comprehensive coverage of the writing process, Exploring Literature combines practical writing instruction with a carefully selected anthology of classic and contemporary literature from around the world.  Critical thinking is woven into every facet of its writing apparatus while guiding you through the process of crafting personal responses into persuasive arguments.  Following five opening chapters dedicated to reading, writing, arguing, and researching about literature, theanthology is divided into five thematically-arranged sections that include contextual case studies, writing prompts, and sample student essays to help you approach literature with a critical eye and write thoughtful essays.  Exploring Literature assembles stimulating literature and structured advice to create a valuable guide that will not only help you to write   about literature, but to improve your writing and thinking processes in general.

 

WHAT’S NEW IN THIS EDITION

 

  • A new one-page “Primer on Punctuation” with basic rules and examples for the comma, semi-colon, colon, and apostrophe as part of the section on proofreading–adjoining the Basic Rules for a Literary Essay.
  • Two new 10-minute dramas: Galsworthy “The Sun” (Faith and Doubt); and Anton Chekhov, “Swan Song.”
  • Added four new selections to the thematic section including Marjane Satrapi from “Persepolis”–a work of graphic nonfiction.
  • Added a mini-theme to Culture and Identity Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie paired with/against a Christopher Durang parody For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls.
  • Added two student essays.

 

 

One of the greatest strengths of this book is the author’s tone and style. He is very down-to-earth and encouraging . . . you can tell that Madden is an experienced teacher because he anticipates common questions and problems . . . he bridges personal response to writing a critical essay quite well.”

Professor Daniel Schierenbeck - University of Central Missouri

 

The writing coverage is this text’s strongest element. From the process-based writing at the outset to the prompts and questions at the end of each reading, the book gives instructors more than sufficient material to work with and gives students a very healthy, well-rounded set of tools and ideas to create critical essays.  The student essays are very good . .  grounded enough and real enough that students can connect with them and use them as guides.”

Professor Mark Sheffield Brown - Illinois Valley Community College

 

About the Author

Frank Madden is SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair of the English Department at SUNY Westchester Community College where he also holds the Carol Russett Endowed Chair for English. He has a Ph.D. from NYU, has taught in graduate programs at CCNY, Iona College, and the New School for Social Reserach, and in 1998 was Chair of the NCTE College Section Institute on the Teaching of Literature. He is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship, the Foundation for Westchester Community College Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and the Phi Delta Kappan Educator of the Year Award from Iona College. He was awarded the 2003 Neil Ann Pickett Service Award, granted by the NCTE to an outstanding college teacher whose vision and voice have had a major impact, and who exemplifies such outstanding personal qualities as creativity, sensitivity, and leadership. He has been Chair of the College Section of the NCTE and Chair of TYCA, and served on the Executive Committee of the NCTE, the CCCC, the MLA ad hoc Committee on Teaching, and as NCTE delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies. His articles, chapters, and commentary about the teaching of literature have appeared in a variety of books and journals, including College English, PMLA, College Literature, English Journal, Computers and Composition, Computers and the Humanities, and the ADE Bulletin
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1360 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 5th edition (July 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205184790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205184798
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent text for students interested in understanding literature through reading, writing and responding. The book is written in a conversational voice making it user-friendly for all readers. The literary selections represent a wide range of works from classical to contemporary in various genres. This book is a "keeper" for students even after the course is over because of the high quality of the selections, the strong organization of the chapters and the accessibility of the content.
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I have been using this textbook for two years in a college course and I love it. What I like the most about it is that my students love it. I always get positive feedback from them when I ask them to write a reflection after reading chapters 1 through 5 in this textbook. They find the content easy to read and I find that they gain a new perspective about the value of literature and how to approach it. They also find the checklists for writing an essay to be a great tool.

It is especially beneficial to teachers who value multicultural education. There is something for everyone regardless of ethnicitiy, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background. I find that I can easily change the texts I cover each semester depending on the interests and make-up of my classroom. There is literally something for everyone! I love this text.
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By Noel on February 24, 2013
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I bought this because it is required for the current English reading & writing course I am taking. There's just so many wonderful stories, essays, & poems compiled in this book that I think I will keep it even after the course is over.
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I have taught from earlier editions of Frank Madden's Exploring Literature and always found it a great teaching text. It serves up a rich array of readings that balances accessibility and challenge while introducing students to many of the world's finest writers. The poems, plays, stories, and essays are embedded in an ongoing conversation with the reader that begins, wisely, by addressing the personal intellectual frameworks that non-English-majors typically rely on to make sense of or find pleasure in literary texts. Onto this experiential, student-centered base, Madden builds an increasingly complex set of reading/writing practices and concepts, illustrated by his own students' work. I'm glad to see my favorite features and sections retained in this new edition: portraits of the authors, an illustration of different ways to annotate a poem (exploratory and analytical), a case study on aesthetic contexts pairing full-color images of paintings with poems that allude to them, and a case study on writers of the Harlem Renaissance. My students generally appreciate what this book offers, and I'm looking forward to using the fifth edition in an introductory literature course.
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If you are a student, this book will gently introduce you to the world of written self expression in essays,poetry and theater, accompanied by brief but pertinent notes on the authors. Whether you are a student or an older reader,the variety of text, Madden's explanatory notes and study guides, as well as overall presentation, mark this as a book that will remain in your possession long after the course is over.
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I didn't think an English textbook could be pleasant, but this one is definitely one to appreciate. It has hundreds of interesting stories from various authors, and I really like how the pages are super-thin like pages found in most bibles. I'm using it for a literature class, and I'm highly grateful that we as students benefit more from reading short stories rather than entire books.
Teachers, if you want students to dread English LESS than they already do, this is a great book with which to start.
I'd highly recommend this to any literature fan.
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This is a great buy, not just for a school course but if u like poems and short stories in general. The writer of this book is actually a professor at my college! Although I've never had him myself he did put together a great textbook in which I learned a a lot from. Overall I was very pleased.
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Book was on time, good condition (as listed), reasonable price for rent
Inside: many short stories and poems, as well as complementary questions and essay topics at the end of them, each piece is preceded by author bio
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