Literature and Society

Literature and Society : An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction

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For Introduction to Literature, Literature and Composition, and other undergraduate literature and writing courses at the freshman/sophomore level; also for upper-level courses in Literary Interpretation and Creative Writing.

Organized around five socially relevant themes that highlight the diversity of human experience, this carefully structured anthology draws from a rich pool of traditional and contemporary literary pieces, enlightening students with a broad collection of short fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction selections written by a group of authors who represent different social classes, races, genders, cultures, and sexual orientations. Explaining the language, form, social, and historical forces that shape these significant literary selections, it prefaces each thematic section with an issue-raising narrative and concludes each with study discussion questions, writing exercises, and paper topics-providing strong pedagogical support for both understanding the various forms of literature and for learning how to write about them.
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  • Paperback | 1467 pages
  • 159.8 x 227.8 x 44.7mm | 1,244.11g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0130124818
  • 9780130124814

Table of contents

LITERATURE AND THE WRITING PROCESS.



Beginning, Discovering, Inventing, Planning, Drafting. Surviving the Writing Process. Revising and Editing. Revising and Editing: An Example. Writing Under Pressure: The Essay Exam. Kinds of Writing. Passages from Student Critical Reading Journals. Sample Paper: First Draft and Revision. Manuscript Form.

GROWING UP AND GROWING OLDER.



Introduction.

Fiction.


Aldous Huxley, from Brave New World. Ralph Ellison, Battle Royal. Jamaica Kincaid, Girl. Toni Morrison, from The Bluest Eye. Sandra Cisneros, The Family of Little Feet. James Baldwin, Sonny's Blues. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown. Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, A Mistaken Charity. Leslie Marmon Silko, Lullaby.

Poetry.


Walt Whitman, We Two Boys Together Clinging. Audre Lorde, From the House of Yemanja. Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays. Patricia Smith, Undertaker. John Updike, Ex-Basketball Player. T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium. William Shakespeare, That time of year thou mayst in me behold. Irena Klepfisz, They Did Not Build Wings for Them. Joy Harjo, Remember. William Wordsworth, Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey. John Keats, When I Have Fears. Emily Dickinson, I'm Ceded-I've Stopped Being Their's-. Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spring and Fall. Edna St. Vincent Millay, Grown-Up. Edna St. Vincent Millay, What Lips My Lips Have Kissed. e.e. cummings, In Just-. William Butler Yeats, Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop. Margaret Walker, Lineage. Theodore Roethke, My Papa's Waltz. Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night. Gwendolyn Brooks, The Bean Eaters. Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool. Amiri Baraka, Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note. Sylvia Plath, Edge. James Wright, Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Elizabeth Bishop, In the Waiting Room. Sharon Olds, The Language of the Brag. Toi Derricotte, Transition. Tino Villanueva, Not Knowing, in Aztlan. William Carpenter, Rain. Judith Ortiz Cofer, Old Women. Pat Mora, Immigrants. Simon J. Ortiz, My Father's Song. Ron Schreiber, diagnosis (4-10-86). Essex Hemphill, June 25.

Drama.


Sylvia Plath, Three Women. Samuel Beckett, Krapp's Last Tape.

Nonfiction.


Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman. Audre Lorde, from Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. Dorothy Allison, Gun Crazy.



Growing Up and Growing Older: Paper Topics.

WOMEN AND MEN.



Introduction.

Fiction.


Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper. D.H. Lawrence, The White Stocking. Ernest Hemingway, The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber. Hisaye Yamamoto, Seventeen Syllables. Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh. John Updike, A & P. Judy Grahn, Boys at the Rodeo. Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour. Jean Toomer, Fern. Gloria Naylor, Etta Mae Johnson.

Poetry.


John Donne, The Flea. William Blake, The Garden of Love. Anne Sexton, For My Lover, Returning to His Wife. Genny Lim, Wonder Woman. Amiri Baraka, Beautiful Black Women... Karl Shapiro, Buick. Ted Hughes, The Lovepet. Olga Broumas, Cinderella. Louise Erdrich, Jacklight. Judith Ortiz Cofer, Orar: To Pray. Christopher Marlowe, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love. William Shakespeare, When my love swears that she is made of truth. Anonymous, Song of Solomon. John Donne, The Sun Rising. John Donne, The Canonization. Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, How Do I Love Thee? Walt Whitman, To a Stranger. Walt Whitman, I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing. Emily Dickinson, My Life had stood-a Loaded Gun. Amy Lowell, A Decade. Alberta Hunter & Lovie Austin, Song: Down Hearted Blues. Claude McKay, The Harlem Dancer. William Butler Yeats, Leda and the Swan. Louise Bogan, Women. Gladys Bentley, Song: How Much Can I Stand? Edna St. Vincent Millay, Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink. Gwendolyn Brooks, when you have forgotten Sunday: the love story. Owen Dodson, Drunken Lover. Leopold Sedar Senghor, You Held the Black Face. Langston Hughes, Mellow. Gregory Corso, Marriage. Nayo (Barbara Malcolm), First Time I Was Sweet Sixteen. Marge Piercy, The woman in the ordinary. Adrienne Rich, Trying to Talk with a Man. Adrienne Rich, Diving into the Wreck. Muriel Rukeyser, Looking at Each Other. Muriel Rukeyser, Waiting for Icarus. Marge Piercy, Barbie Doll. ntozake shange, somebody almost walked off wid alla my stuff. Jack Anderson, A Lecture on Avant-Garde Art. ntozake shange, With No Immediate Cause. Adrienne Rich, Poem XI from Twenty-One Love Poems. Janice Mirikitani, Breaking Tradition. Marge Piercy, Right to Life. Alice Bloch, Six Years. Martha Collins, Several Things. Judith Ortiz Cofer, Claims. Martin Espada, Portrait of a Real Hijo de Puta. Barbara Kingsolver, This House I Cannot Leave. Magdalena Gomez, Chocolate Confessions. Stanley Kunitz, Touch Me. Alma Luz Villanueva, Crazy Courage.

Drama.


William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice. Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House. Susan Glaspell, Trifles.

Nonfiction.


Virginia Woolf, Shakespeare's Sister. Sojourner Truth, Ain't I a Woman? Judy Brady, I Want a Wife. Edmund White, Sexual Culture.



Women and Men: Paper Topics.

MONEY AND WORK.



Introduction.

Fiction.


Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing. William Faulkner, Spotted Horses. B. Traven, Assembly Line. Pietro di Donato, from Christ in Concrete. Tom Kromer, from Waiting for Nothing. Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson. Alice Walker, Everyday Use.

Poetry.


Bertolt Brecht, A Worker Reads History. Jonathan Swift, A Description of the Morning. Theodore Roethke, Dolor. Judy Grahn, Ella, in a square apron, along Highway 80. Carl Sandburg, Chicago. Jimmy Santiago Baca, So Mexicans Are Taking Jobs From Americans. Julia Alvarez, Homecoming. Gwendolyn Brooks, Bronzeville Woman in a Red Hat. William Blake, The Chimney Sweeper. William Wordsworth, The World Is Too Much With Us. Anonymous, Song: We raise de wheat. Thomas Hardy, The Ruined Maid. Matthew Arnold, West London. William Carlos Williams, The Young Housewife. Sarah Cleghorn, The golf links lie so near the mill. Fenton Johnson, Tired. Countee Cullen, For a Lady I Know. Anonymous, Song: Let Them Wear Their Watches Fine. Easy Papa Johnson (Roosevelt Sykes), Song: Cotton Seed Blues. D.H. Lawrence, City-Life. Bertolt Brecht, Song of the Invigorating Effect of Money. C. Day Lewis, Come, live with me and be my love. Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time. William Carlos Williams, The Poor. Muriel Rukeyser, Boy with His Hair Cut Short. Woody Guthrie, Song: Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportees). Nazim Hikmet, About Your Hands and Lies. Langston Hughes, Ballad of the Landlord. Derek Walcott, The Virgins. Philip Levine, They Feed They Lion. Mafika Mbuli, The Miners. Marge Piercy, To Be of Use. Susan Griffin, This Is the Story of the Day in the Life of a Woman Trying. Laureen Mar, My Mother, Who Came From China, Where She Never Saw Snow. Marge Piercy, The market economy. June Jordan, Free Flight. Wendy Rose, Three Thousand Dollar Death Song. Lorna Dee Cervantes, Cannery Town in August. Mary Fell, The Triangle Fire. Kate Rushin, The Black Back-Ups. Bruce Springsteen, Song: My Hometown. Patricia Dobler,Uncles' Advice, 1957. Maggie Anderson, Mining Camp Residents West Virginia, July, 1935. Todd Jailer, Bill Hastings. Sherman Alexie, The Reservation Cab Driver. Benjamin Alire Saenz, Journeys.

Drama.


Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman. Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun.

Nonfiction.


Meridel LeSueur, Women on the Breadlines. Richard Wright, The Man Who Went to Chicago. Dorothy Allison, A Question of Class.



Money and Work: Paper Topics.

PEACE AND WAR.



Introduction.

Fiction.


Ray Bradbury, August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains. Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. Toni Morrison, 1919. Yoko Ota, Fireflies. Louise Erdrich, The Red Convertible. Donald Barthelme, Report. Tim O'Brien, The Man I Killed.

Poetry.


Wilfred Owen, Dulce Et Decorum Est. Carmen Tafolla, How Shall I Tell You? Denise Levertov, Life at War. Margaret Atwood, At first i was given centuries. e.e. cummings, "next to of course god america i. Carolyn Forche, The Colonel. Martin Espada, Colibri. Muriel Rukeyser, Waking This Morning. Sappho, To an Army Wife, in Sardis. Richard Lovelace, To Lucasta, Going to the Wars. John Milton, On the Late Massacre at Piemont. Alfred Lord Tennyson, The Charge of the Light Brigade. Rudyard Kipling, Tommy. Walt Whitman, The Dying Veteran. Margaret Sackville, Nostra Culpa. Marina Tsvetayeva, 'A white low sun'. Siegfried Sassoon, Does It Matter? William Butler Yeats, An Irish Airman Foresees His Death. Alice Dunbar-Nelson, I Sit and Sew. William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming. H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), Helen. e.e. cummings, my sweet old etcetera. Federico Garcia Lorca, Ballad of the Spanish Civil Guard. Bertolt Brecht, From a German War Primer. Babette Deutsch, Dawn in Wartime. Randall Jarrell, The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner. Gwendolyn Brooks, the white troops had their orders but the Negroes looked like men. Claude McKay, Look Within. Henry Reed, Naming of Parts. Owen Dodson, Black Mother Praying. Gwendolyn Brooks, the sonnet-ballad. Yevgeny Yevtushenko, The Companion. Bob Dylan, Song: With God on Our Side. Robert Lowell, For the Union Dead. Denise Levertov, What Were They Like? Nguyen Lam Son, Can Tho. Langston Hughes, Without Benefit of Declaration. Anonymous, Americans Are Not Beautiful. Denise Levertov, The Pilots. Judy Grahn, Vietnamese woman speaking to an American soldier. Carolyn Forche, The Visitor. Thomas McGrath, Fresco: Departure for an Imperialist War. Adrienne Rich, For the Record. Joy Harjo, Resurrection. Otto Orban, Chile. Bruce Weigl, Song of Napalm. Dwight Okita, In Response to Executive Order 9066: ALL AMERICANS OF JAPANESE DESCENT MUST REPORT TO RELOCATION CENTERS. Margaret Atwood, The Loneliness of the Military Historian. Barbara Kingsolver, Deadline. Gloria Vando, Legend of the Flamboyan.

Drama.


Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children.

Nonfiction.


Black Elk, The Butchering at Wounded Knee. Ron Kovic, from Born on the Fourth of July. Martin Luther King, Jr., from A Time to Break Silence. Lady Borton, Wars Past and Wars Present.



Peace and War: Paper Topics.

VARIETIES OF PROTEST.



Introduction.

Fiction.


Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener. Pamela Zoline, The Heat Death of the Universe. James Alan McPherson, A Loaf of Bread. Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek. Dorothy Canfield Fisher, A Drop in the Bucket. Alan Sillitoe, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner. Jamaica Kincaid, Mariah.

Poetry.


Margaret Walker, For My People. Susan Griffin, I Like to Think of Harriet Tubman. Adrienne Rich, The Trees. Raymond R. Patterson, At That Moment. Jo Carson, I Cannot Remember All the Times... Allen Ginsberg, America. Essex Hemphill, Baby Can You Love Me? John Greenleaf Whittier, For Righteousness' Sake. William Butler Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree. Paul Lawrence Dunbar, We Wear the Mask. Ralph Chaplin, Song: Solidarity Forever. Claude McKay, If We Must Die. e.e. cummings, i sing of Olaf glad and big. Pablo Neruda, Ode to Federico Garcia Lorca. W.H. Auden, The Unknown Citizen. Robert Hayden, Frederick Douglass. Langston Hughes, Harlem. Wole Soyinka, Telephone Conversation. Sylvia Plath, Daddy. Ray Durem, To the Pale Poets. Peggy Seeger, Song: I'm Gonna Be an Engineer. Muriel Rukeyser, Ballad of Orange and Grape. Judy Grahn, A Woman Is Talking to Death. Pat Parker, Where Will You Be? Linda Hogan, Black Hills Survival Gathering, 1980. Joy Harjo, The Woman Hanging From the Thirteenth Floor Window. Martin Espada, Sleeping on the Bus. Sherman Alexie, The Powwow at the End of the World.

Drama.


Sophocles, Antigone. Alice Childress, Florence.

Nonfiction.


Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience. Harriet Jacobs, from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Thomas S. Whitecloud, Blue Winds Dancing. Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream. Barbara Ehrenreich, Sorry, Sister, This Is Not the Revolution.



Varieties of Protest: Paper Topics.

HOW FICTION WORKS.



Alice, by Paulette Childress White. Point of View. Plot. Character. Language and Tone. Theme and Symbol.

HOW POETRY WORKS.



What Is Poetry? Kinds of Poetry. Imagery. Figurative Language. The Sound of a Poem. A Note on Tone. The Speaker of the Poem. The World of the Poem. The World and the Poem. Appendix: Explicating a Poem.

HOW DRAMA WORKS.



Drama on Stage and on the Page. Changing Stage Conventions. Plot and Character. A Note on Tragedy and Comedy. Drama and Social Criticism. A Note on Film and Television.

HOW NONFICTION WORKS.



Types of Nonfictional Prose. Strategies of Nonfictional Prose.

Index of Authors and Titles.
Index of First Lines of Poems.
Index of Literary Terms.
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