- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; Brief 11th edition (August 21, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0131540564
- ISBN-13: 978-0131540569
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The text discusses clearly and succinctly how to write about the elements of literature. In the new Brief Eighth Edition of Writing About Literature, Roberts has kept and strengthened the features which have brought this textbook such acclaim in previous editions, while bringing other areas of both content and strategy through almost total revision. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This brief version of the original Writing About Literature discusses clearly and succinctly how to write about the elements of literature. It provides concise discussions and sample papers for students who are writing about the elements of literature, utilizing a process approach to writing. Chapters contain discussions of important literary subjectssuch as character, setting, and symbolismfollowed by a guide to the necessary steps for students to produce good essays. The Ninth Edition maintains and strengthens the features that have brought this book such acclaim in previous editions, while enhancing both content and strategy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Each chapter presents an important element in writing about a story or a poem in a clear and easy to grasp pattern. For example, when Roberts explain how to write about plot and the development of conflict and tension in literature, he explains why it is important, gives definition to the literary terms in a short, condensed and clear language, and offers at least one example essay for review, in which the major focus points are underlined. Each chapter is organized under the same fashion as the title suggests [writing about literature] – and becomes writing about a certain element in a literary work. Thus, the reader learns how to write about plot, point of view, character, close reading, structure, and setting, amongst others. The chapters are easy to follow and facilitate a good studying of the material.
Another key element which makes it easy to learn is the language used by Roberts to convey the ideas to the reader. Short sentences, guidelines for reading a story, short paragraphs, statements of the main ideas covered by each chapter – they all make for a structure which is regimented and unobtrusive, and above all, not intimidating or overwhelming for the student, especially if this is their first ‘dab’ at writing about literature on a college level. The language of the author seems to be aimed at trying to teach the students essential writing skills, which can take the reader beyond the primary goal of the book as stated in its title.
The best teaching tool offered in the book are the sample essays at the end of each chapter. They perfectly illustrate what the author defines and explains and they offer great examples of what writing about literature really means. Roberts truly finds the best way to support the ideas he presents to the reader with the use of these illustrative essays. Each of them is followed by a commentary and short analysis of the structure of the essay, or the language used to solve the problem. For example, Roberts’ analysis points out the thesis statement, the ideas in a certain paragraph and also the method of development used in the essay [exposition, illustration or a mixture of both]. The sample essay can be used by students as reference for structure and organization of sentences and paragraphs, when they write their own essays in an English Composition or English Literature class.
Besides the ability to expand one’s knowledge base, the main purpose of “Writing about Literature” is to teach students how to write essays on literature and in this aspect it has largely succeeded to achieve its goal. The organization of the chapters, the easy to comprehend language of the author and the perfectly selected illustrative essays make this book an essential guide for the college student in their studies of literature.