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

More instruction on understanding and composing arguments. Chapter 1 now features diagrams and flowcharts to clarify the elements of rhetoric and argument, illuminating how they work in sample arguments. A new chapter 2 offers advice on writing effective arguments, including a discussion of how to get beyond the five-paragraph essay template students learn in high school.

More strategies for critical reading, and opportunities to practice it. Chapter 4 now features a unique section on how to get ideas for writing by tracing characters’ emotions, and includes an additional poem and story on which students can apply what they have learned.

Expanded and updated research and documentation coverage, with more opportunities for research and inquiry. Chapter 7’s treatment of research includes more information about using sources and avoiding plagiarism, as well as documentation coverage that reflects new 2016 MLA guidelines.

New literature and arguments for analysis. Of the thirty examples of literature and argument, 3 stories, 1 poem, and 5 arguments are new to the book.

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