A Brief Guide to Arguing about Literature
Second Edition   ©2017

A Brief Guide to Arguing about Literature

John Schilb (Indiana University, Bloomington) , John Clifford (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-03530-2; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03530-3; Format: Paper Text, 336 pages

A text that combines thorough treatment of rhetorical and literary analysis with instruction in argument and research. The first two chapters explain what argument is and how to write them effectively. The next chapter shows how argumentation relates to literary and other texts. Chapters 4 through 6 explain the reading and writing process and apply them to the genres of fiction, poetry, drama. Then chapter 7 traces the process of writing from sources to develop researched academic arguments. A final chapter introduces contemporary critical approaches to literature.

Arguments and literature for analysis, with model student writing in response. Throughout, a combination of more than two dozen contemporary arguments and classic and recent literary works prompt critical thinking and writing. Every chapter features models of student writing for a total of thirteen examples, including three documented research papers.

A research casebook for critical writing and analysis. A casebook on Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s "The Yellow Wallpaper" features the story and 3 cultural documents related to it.