Writing about Literature through Theory by Pennington and Cordell is the first introduction to literature text to embrace both the best of print culture and the opportunities of the digital age, while being grounded in the rhetoric and composition field pertaining to the developmental writing process. It is also unique because it uses literary theory as the foundation for students’ development as critical thinkers and writers. Following Gerald Graff’s ideas in “Disliking Books at an Early Age,”
Writing about Literature through Theory uses theoretical approaches to open literary texts up to students across the disciplines.
Writing about Literature through Theory focuses on writing as a process, and each chapter includes the following:Introductory material that defines theoretical schools of thought.
Each chapter is designed for students in introductory literature classes and describes these schools broadly, as areas of intellectual interest for students of literature.
Sample student essays from introductory literature classes that will follow initial drafts, peer editing, revising, and final versions.
Writing prompts that challenge the students to question the literary text using the theory under discussion.
Sample in-class activities for instructors. The authors designed these activities to include more in-class writing prompts that will help students begin thinking theoretically. In addition, there are group activities that will help students tie the text’s literary and theoretical readings together. And finally, there are sample questions to help generate and sustain in-class discussions.
Take a look at Writing about Literature through Theory by Pennington and Cordell today to see if it’s literary theory focus and plethora of in chapter assets suit the needs of your course and students.