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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $17.51
  • April 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93755-8
  • 192 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Writing About American Literature


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Karen Gocsik (Author, University of California, San Diego), Coleman Hutchison (Author, University of Texas at Austin)


A clear, concise guide to the process of writing about literature.

Writing About American Literature, the latest addition to Karen Gocsik’s popular “Writing About” series, is an accessible, step-by-step guide to writing about literature, from active reading to final revisions. The only writing guide created with American literature students in mind, this new text understands that active reading is the first step toward producing quality assignments, and sections devoted to reading analytically and interrogating sources provide students with this essential foundation. Tips on reading critically and creatively, generating ideas, narrowing a topic, constructing a thesis, structuring an argument, and revising lead students through the entire arc of the writing process.


Written with the American literature student in mind

Coleman Hutchison brings his classroom experience and expertise as an award-winning teacher of American literature to this guide, which features a wealth of examples taken from the most widely taught works in American literature, including those by Douglass, Whitman, and Dickinson.  

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Writing About American Literature is available as an affordable standalone text or packaged with any volume of The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Eighth Edition (Full or Shorter), at an unbeatable value. 

    1. Writing About American Literature
    2. Kinds of Writing About American Literature
    3. Generating Ideas
    4. Researching American Literature
    5. Developing Your Thesis
    6. Considering Structure and Organization
    7. Attending to Style
    8. Revising Your Work
    9. Tools for Writing About American Literature