John Clifford


"Making Literature Matter is a truly versatile text for the college classroom." – James Thayer, Gonzaga University

"Making Literature Matter allows students to immerse themselves deeper into different genres and, in return, they become part of the discourse. The text allows them to see the profound sense of the different connections that texts have in conjunction with one another and to other branches of study, which is what literature is all about." – John Hansen, Mohave Community College

"This textbook offers a selection of literature that allows the instructor to help students connect with the works on a deep and personal levels. The topics of the works allow the instructor to make contemporary connections and help reinforce the idea that literature is important to helping students understand themselves and others." – Jacqueline Regan, Montclair State University

"As a writing program administrator, I find that Making Literature Matter provides the perfect set of attributes for a literature for composition text: literary selections that are both broad and deep, current and canonical, and extensive support for teaching writing. – Deborah Miller, University of Georgia

"Making Literature Matter is an effective textbook to help students appreciate literature. The variety is unmatched." – Bradley Waltman, College of Southern Nevada


“A refreshing alternative to the traditional argument textbook.”
--Catherine Olson, Lone Star College--Tomball
“I love the structure, literature selections, and issues. It offers a thought-provoking approach to the relevance of literature in dealing with modern issues.”
--Barbara Jones, Sam Houston State University
“An excellent book. Students needed more support for learning how to read literature and write about it, and Arguing about Literature helped us get on the same page and improved the quality of the work they produced.”
--Andrew Logemann, Gordon College
“Arguing About Literature provides students with the primary and secondary materials that are critically important to understanding academic argument. No other textbook supplies the wealth of materials you will find here.”
--John B. Rollins, Lone Star College—Tomball

Arguing about Literature is an excellent textbook for an introduction to literature course. The stories, poems, and plays are representative of literature that students need in order to form a basis for their college education and for the joy of reading great works.
--Alice M. Thomas, Lone Star College—Montgomery


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