First Edition   ©2016

Digging into Literature

Joanna Wolfe (University of Louisville) , Laura Wilder (University of Albany, SUNY)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-3130-X; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-3130-6; Format: Paper Text, 448 pages

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Digging into Literature reveals the critical strategies that any college student can use for reading, analyzing, and writing about literary texts. The authors’ unique approach is based on groundbreaking studies of the successful interpretive and rhetorical moves of hundreds of professional and student essays. Full of practical charts and summaries-- with plenty of exercises and activities for trying out the strategies-- the book convincingly reveals that while great literature is complex, writing effective essays about it doesn’t have to be.

LaunchPad Solo for Literature takes some of the strategies explored in Digging into Literature and moves them online. This helpful resource offers a set of online materials to support beginning literature students as they learn and practice close reading and critical thinking skills in an interactive environment. In spring 2016, LaunchPad Solo for Literature will include videos of students using the strategies introduced in Digging into Literature.
A brilliant idea for a textbook.
Lee Rumbarger, University of Oregon