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Literary Analysis and
Composition





English 1302

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Prof. Jimmy C. Stephens, M.S., M.Ed.

Updated: 11/25/2012



Story Telling has been a valued skill in human history, providing both entertainment and education. Much of our knowledge of the early beliefs of civilization comes to us from the voices of Bards, Poets, Skalds and Story Tellers long departed.


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I.

II.Table of Contents


II.Table of Contents 2

III.Composition II Course Syllabus 4

Prerequisite 4

Course Description 4

Course Objectives 4

Course Outcomes 4

Requirements 4

IV.Literary Analysis and
Composition 38

Essential Questions 38

Fair Use 39

Objectives 40

HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT 42

NCTE/IRA Standards 51

TEKS Covered In This Unit 53

V.Literary Analysis: Pre-Assessment 65

The Prose Passage Essay 66

An Analysis of James Joyce\'s Short Story “The Dead: Loving and Losing” 69

”The Dead” Discussion 72

Student Essay A 79

Student Essay B 83

Rubrics 87

Rating the Student Essays 89

Literary Analysis Rubric 96

VI.Getting Started:
“The Most Dangerous Game” 98

The Most Dangerous Game 100

VII.Writing About Literature 115

On-Line Guides to Writing About Literature 117

Introductory Note: The Paradox of Literature 121

A Student’s Guide to Literature 124

VIII.Response & Analysis 146

Chapter 3 150

View of a Pig - Ted Hughes 150

IX.How to Write a Literary Analysis Essay 179

What this handout is about 195

Demystifying the process 195

The Basic Structure of an Academic Essay 205

Writing Papers of Literary Analysis: 219

X.The Seven Elements of Fiction 228

The Seven Elements of Fiction: “The Most Dangerous Game” 230

Elements of the Short Story: Setting 236

Elements of the Short Story: Central Idea (Theme) 238

Elements of the Short Story: Character 242

Round 244

Flat 244

Dynamic 244

Static 244

Elements of the Short Story: Conflict 245

Elements of the Short Story: Point of View 247

XI.Student Essay: Exemplars 248

The Story of an Hour 250

XII.Literary Analysis & Criticism 273

Approaches to Literary Criticism 275

XIV.Introduction to Modern Literary Theory 280

Literary Trends and Influences* 280

New Criticism 280

Archetypal / Myth Criticism 282

Psychoanalytic Criticism 283

Marxism 285

Postcolonialism 286

Existentialism 288

Phenomenology and Hermeneutics 289

Russian Formalism / Prague Linguistic Circle/Linguistic Criticism/Dialogic Theory 291

Avant-Garde / Surrealism / Dadaism 293

Structuralism and Semiotics 294

Post-Structuralism and Deconstruction 296

Postmodernism 300

New Historicism 301

Reception and Reader-Response Theory 303

Feminism 305

Genre Criticism 309

Autobiographical Theory 312

Travel Theory 315

XV.Critical Approaches to Literature 320

FEMINIST CRITICISM 321

THE NEW HISTORICISM 322

PSYCHOANALYTIC CRITICISM 323

STRUCTURALISM 326

MARXIST CRITICISM 327

THE NEW CRITICISM 328

FORMALISM 329

POSTCOLONIAL CRITICISM 330

Overview 332


Introduction 332

Published Examples of Myth Criticism 333

Time 333

Conclusions: Suggestions 335

References 336

Internet Resources 336

Periods of English Literature 338

Periods of World Literature 348

XVI.Writing About Prose: A Student Handbook 353

Poor Example 354

Writing Literary Essays: An Overview 367

General Questions to Consider in Analyzing Literature 369

General Questions for Analysis and Evaluation of Literature 371

Suggestions about Writing a Prose Passage for the “C” Test 374

General Composition Reminders 380

College Writing 382

What this handout is about... 382

What is a five-paragraph theme? 382

Why do high schools teach the five-paragraph theme? 382

Why don\'t five-paragraph themes work well for college writing? 382

How do I break out of writing five-paragraph themes? 384

Is it ever OK to write a five-paragraph theme? 385

Bibliography 385

Argument 387

What this handout is about... 387

Arguments are everywhere... 387

Making a Claim 387

Evidence 388

Counterargument 388

Audience 389

Critical Reading 390

References: 390

Toulmin\'s Analysis 391

Toulmin’s Model of Argument 395

Brainstorming 399

What this handout is about... 399

Introduction 399

Brainstorming Techniques 399

Freewriting 399

Break down the topic into levels: 400

Listing/Bulleting: 400

Cubing: 400

Similes: 401

Clustering/ Mapping/ Webbing: 401

Relationship Between the Parts: 402

Journalistic Questions: 402

Thinking Outside the Box: 403

Using Charts or Shapes: 403

Consider Purpose and Audience: 403

Dictionaries, Thesauruses, Encyclopedias: 403

Closing 404

Bibliography 404

Introductions 405

What this handout is about 405

The Role of Introductions 405

Why bother writing a good introduction? 405

Strategies for Writing an Effective Introduction 406

How to Evaluate Your Introduction Draft 408

Five Kinds of Less Effective Introductions 408

Sources 409

Thesis Statements 410

What this handout is about… 410

Introduction 410

What is a thesis statement? 410

How do I get a thesis? 410

How do I know if my thesis is strong? 411

Examples 411

Bibliography 412

Paragraph Development 414

What this handout is about... 414

What is a paragraph? 414

How do I decide what to put in a paragraph? 414

5-step process to paragraph development 415

Now here is a look at the completed paragraph: 416

Beneath the Formula for Paragraph Development 418

In Review… 419

More Help… 419

Bibliography 419

Transitions 420

What this handout is about... 420

The Function and Importance of Transitions 420

Organization 420

How Transitions Work 420

Types of Transitions 421

Transitional Expressions 421

  424

Conclusions 426

What this handout is about... 426

About Conclusions 426

Why bother writing a good conclusion? 426

Strategies for Writing an Effective Conclusion 426

Strategies to Avoid 427

Four Kinds of Ineffective Conclusions 427

Sources 428

XVII.Excerpts from Professional Literary Criticism 430

Gender and Authorial Limitation In Faulkner\'s "A Rose For Emily." 431

XVIII.Short Stories 439

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: A Tale for Children 440

The Destructors 445

Miss Brill 454

A Perfect Day for Bananafish 458

Once upon a Time 469

Eveline 475

The Swimmer 490

The Drunkard 499

Bahnwärter Thiel 514

XIX.Student Notes 554

Student Notes: “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" 555

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" 557

The Master of Short Forms 558

Overview of “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” 560

The Logic of Wings: García Márquez, Todorov, and the Endless Resources of Fantasy 563

Student Notes: “The Destructors” 570

Graham Greene 571

Student Notes: “Miss Brill” 576

Overview of “Miss Brill” 577

"Miss Brill" 581

Plot Summary: "Miss Brill" 589

Plot 589

Characters 591

Alienation in Miss Brill 593

Themes and Construction: "Miss Brill" 595

Study Questions: "Miss Brill" 598

Historical Context: "Miss Brill" 599

Sample Student Essay on Katherine Mansfield’s “Miss Brill” 601

An Explication of a Student Essay in Critical Analysis 603

Student Notes: “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” 612

J. D. Salinger: Seventy-Eight Bananas 613

J. D. Salinger 620

J. D. Salinger: The Mirror of Crisis 628

J. D. Salinger: Rare Quixotic Gesture 631

J. D. Salinger 637

Student Notes: “Once Upon a Time” 639

Gordimers “Once Upon a Time” 641

Student Notes: “Eveline” 643

James Joyce 645

Criticism by Harry Levin 660

Additional Material 663

Student Notes: “A Rose for Emily” 666

Old Boys, Mostly American: William Faulkner, The Short Stories 668

“A Rose for Emily” 671

Gender and Authorial Limitation in Faulkner\'s "A Rose for Emily" 678

THE SWIMMER (1968) 688

The Swimmer 690

The Swimmer: A Midsummer\'s Nightmare 697

Student Notes: “The A&P” 702

Plot Summary: "A & P" 704

Plot 704

Characters 705

The Art of John Updike\'s "A & P" 713

“A&P” Notes to Ponder for Composition Improvement 715

"A & P" Essay Question 717

XX.Stories for Compositions 719

The Scarlet Ibis 721

The Metamorphosis 724

The Lottery
by Shirley Jackson 756

Young Goodman Brown 763

The Notorious Jumping Frog 775

The Things They Carried 780

Sonny\'s Blues 805

Harrison Bergeron 827

The Utterly Perfect Murder 832

XXI.Literature and Composition Exam:
The Prose Passage Essay “C” Test Literature and Composition Exam: The Prose Passage Essay 840

Summative Assessment 846

XXII.Appendix I: Literary Analysis Papers - Successful Student Examples 848

The Lord of the Rings 850

Chopin’s Artistry in “The Story of an Hour”
858

XXIII.Appendix II: A Glossary of Literary Terms 940

A Glossary of Literary Terms 942

XXV.Appendix III: A Vocabulary of Attitudes 976

A Vocabulary of Attitudes 978

XXVI.Appenxix IV: Concepts for Literature 980

Concepts for Literature 983

XXVII.Appendix VI: Suggested Stories for Additional Reading 985

Suggested Stories For Additional Reading 988







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