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Substance, Style, and Strategy

by Lee A. Jacobus

  • ISBN: 9780195078374
  • ISBN10: 0195078373

Substance, Style, and Strategy

by Lee A. Jacobus

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 02/01/1998
  • ISBN: 9780195078374
  • ISBN10: 0195078373
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Description: Preface1. Developing a Personal StyleThe Writing ProcessBox: Ten Tips for a Vigorous StyleBox: Tips on Polishing Your ProseMatters of StyleStyle: Words and SentencesBox: Three Considerations for StyleBox: General Rules that Sometimes Work for Word ChoiceBox: Rules that Sometimes Work for ParagraphsDeveloping Your Own Sense of StyleHow Writers WorkThe Course in Advanced Writing2. Writing the Personal EssayMaintaining a Journal or DiaryBox: Tips for Keeping a JournalSample Journal EntriesThe PErsonal EssayRichard Ford, "Accommodations"Bos: Ford's Opening SentencesThe Search for SignificanceLet Your Story UnfoldBox: Tips for Writing a Personal Essay3. Writing the Biographical EssayAnother Person's LifeWhat We Learn from Writing About PeopleCatherine S. Manegold, "Kara S. Hultgreen: The Short Flight of a Fighter Pilor"Following Personal InterestsGathering Sources for a BiographyBox: General Biographical ResourcesJudging Someone's LifePaul Theroux, "Chatwin Revisited"Strategies for Writing About Another PersonJoan Didion, "Georgia O'Keeffe"Suggestions for Interesting Essays About Another PersonBox: Tips That Sometimes Work for Writing About People4. Writing the Argumentative EssayWhat Is an Argument and Why Argue?Three Appeals in ArgumentArgument as InformationBox: Argument as InformationClaire Sterling, "Redfellas"Argument as InquiryEvan S. Connell, "Were Custer's Men Brave?"Persuasion Through ArgumentThe Tone of an ArgumentBox: Argumentative ToneArgument as DebateKatha Pollitt, "Subject to Debate"Midge Dector, "Welfare Feminism"Writing Argumentative EssaysBox: Nine Sources for ArgumentsBox: Generally Reliable Suggestions for the Structure of an ArgumentBox: Nestorian OrderBox: Tips that Sometimes Workfor Writing Argumentative Essays5. Writing the Familiar EssayBeginning from Personal ExperienceConcrete DetailsCynthia Ozick, "North"Analyzing an AbstractionBox: Generally Reliable Tips for Dealing with AbstractionFamiliar StyleE.M. Forster, "My Wood"Anonymous, "Coping with Anger"Box: Generally Reliable Tips for Discovering Significance in EventsAndre James, "Malls and the Gender Gap"Box: Tips That Usually Help in Writing Familiar Essays6. Writing the Critical EssayWhat Is the Critical Essay?Thinking Critically About IdeasAnalyzing an Essay: Francis Bacon's " Of Studies"Thinking Critically About the ArtsAnalyzing a Poem: William Wordsworth's "The Sonnet"Box: Some Usually Reliable Questions for Evaluating a SonnetAnalyzing TextsBox: Some Generally Useful Tips for Analyzing TextsNiccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince"The Structure of the Critical EssayBox: Tips Often Useful concerning the Structure of the Critical EssayHeinrich Boll, "The Laugher"Appendix: Modern Research MethodsWhere to BeginBox: Basic Print Reference SourcesBox: Special Online ResourcesBox: CD-ROM Online DatabasesBox: Print ResourcesChoosing an Interesting Research SubjectConducting a Search of the Online CatalogRichard Worsnop, "Gun Control"The Importance of Your ResearchFormal ConsiderationsBox: Tips that May Help as a Guide to Quoting from Sources
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