The smallest and most economical member of the Kennedy/Gioia family, Backpack Literature is a brief paperback version of the discipline's most popular introduction to literature anthology. Like its bigger, bestselling predecessors, Backpack Literature features the authors' collective poetic voice which brings personal warmth and a human perspective to the discussion of literature, adding to students' interest in the readings. New selections have been added including four new one-act plays to help “ease” students into the study of this genre. The new plays include two comedies-- David Ives’s, Sure Thing and Jane Martin’s Beauty—as well as Terrence McNally’s poignant Andre’s Mother and Edward Bok Lee’s experimental drama El Santo Americano.
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I have been searching for a thorough introduction to literary analysis, and I've found it. Even though this is a college level text, it also works well for advanced homeschoolers. With 1000 pages, the author has plenty of room to introduce and discuss various literary terms, give examples, analyze the suggested readings, create correlations, and offer further critical thinking questions. (There is an instructor manual, however, it is very hard to get a hold of due to stringent safeguards against student cheating. I have the manual, but I found Sparknotes to be equally helpful for those times I wasn't sure what answer the author was looking for.) There is a take-away summary at the end of each chapter. In addition, the text is geared to taking what you've learned one step further and applying it to your own writing - whether fiction, or in essays. The last few chapters are devoted to how to write a proper essay.
Even though this is a college level text, I was pleased...
I love literature and love this book. You get a little bio on each author prior to reading the passage. I love the insight and the ability to get in the mind frame and try to imagine what the author was going through, living in and experiencing when they wrote the magnificent stories that are in this book. I love reading and often read additional stories just for enjoyment. I am a huge fam of literature and this was a great book for my English II teacher to use.
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