Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN. The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature is a best-seller for a reason: It brings literature to life for students, helping to make them lifelong readers and better writers. There is plenty of support for students, with a dozen chapters of critical reading and writing support, helpful sample close readings, writing assignments, and student papers. And, because everyone teaches and learns a little differently, there are lots of options for working with the literature, including case studies on individual works and themes that everyone can relate to.
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Reading Wide and well-balanced range of classic and contemporary literature includes 62 stories 21 new , poems new , and 22 plays 4 new by major authors inside and outside the literary canon. The best in-depth coverage of selected major authors: Once again, chapters in each genre section provide the option of more intensive study of selected authors. All selections are accompanied by background information and by questions linking them with more familiar literature.
Butterfly, expanded albums of contemporary and world drama, and a new sampling of photographs featuring plays in performance. The most sensible and useful coverage of literary theory introduces students to 9 contemporary theoretical approaches, now including discussion of cultural and gender studies. In addition, a new Cultural Case Study for each genre focuses students on cultural criticism.
Two Complementary Critical Readings for each author treated in depth illustrate how different approaches can be applied to a single work. Questions accompanying these readings guide students in analyzing the assumptions behind a particular approach.
A Glossary of Literary Terms provides thorough explanations of more than terms central to the study of literature. In addition, Questions for Writing units offer advice on using research, writing about an author covered in depth, and applying a critical approach. Questions and assignments more than 2, occasions for writing accompany the selections. Quick-reference chart.
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