Exploring Perspectives: A Concise Guide to Analysis

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Randall Fallows, University of California Los Angeles

Pub Date: 2011

ISBN 13: 978-1-4533114-5-5

Publisher: Saylor Foundation

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Reviewed by Jennifer L Foray, Associate Professor, Purdue University, on 7/16/2014.

This book provides a thorough, far-reaching introduction for students in various disciplines, at different stages of their academic careers; … read more

 

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Reviewed by Angelica Duran, Professor, Purdue University, on 7/16/2014.

The text was insufficiently comprehensive for me to adopt, although i am interested in seeing it in a future state, so that I can. There was no … read more

 

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Reviewed by Amy Wiley, Lecturer, California Polytechnic State University, on 7/16/2014.

The text covers a number of areas of analytical writing comparable to many other for-sale textbooks. The areas into which the text is divided … read more

 

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Reviewed by Sari Pinto, Lecturer, California Polytechnic State University, on 7/16/2014.

The text primarily explores analysis of literary and cinematic texts but also, to a lesser extent, some discussion of other objects of … read more

 

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Reviewed by Erica Parker, Instrutor , Colorado State University , on 1/8/2016.

Fallows uses a conversational tone to share a stirring range of helpful insights. He frames each chapter with objectives and takeaways while offering … read more

 

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Reviewed by Andrea Hills, Instructor, Portland Community College Portland, Oregon, on 1/8/2016.

This is an engaging text that clearly covers the the purpose, strategies, and writing process for an analysis assignment for a variety of … read more

 

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Reviewed by Stephen Walton, Assistant Professor of French, Portland State University, on 1/8/2016.

This textbook gives a thorough presentation of the process and steps involved in writing an analytical essay. It provides a general but systematic … read more

 

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Reviewed by David Bockoven, Adjunct Instructor, Lane Community College, on 8/22/2016.

The first two chapters show the most promise in discussing the concept of analysis, but the development is very thin. In later chapters, I was … read more

 

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Analysis for Multiple Perspectives
  • Chapter 2: Setting the Stage for Writing
  • Chapter 3: Developing Assertions: From a Close Reading of Examples
  • Chapter 4: Explanations and Significance: Developing Your Analysis
  • Chapter 5: The Analytical Essay: Expressing Your Points of View

About the Book

The reason why Randall Fallows wrote Exploring Perspectives: A Concise Guide to Analysis is simple: to help give students a better understanding of how to discover, develop, and revise an analytical essay. Here is how his 5 chapter book goes about doing just that:

The first two chapters focus on the nature of an analysis and what’s involved in writing an analytical essay.

  • Randall shows that analysis consists of a balance of assertions (statements which present their viewpoints or launch an exploration of their concerns), examples (specific passages/scenes/events which inspire these views), explanations (statements that reveal how the examples support the assertions), and significance (statements which reveal the importance of their study to personal and/or cultural issues).

After showing why each feature should be present throughout an essay, he reveals how to "set the stage" for producing one of their own.

  • He first helps students to evaluate their own views on a subject and to examine how these views emerge from their own experiences, values and judgments.
  • He, then, shows them how to research what others have said about the subject and provides suggestions for evaluating and incorporating this research into their own perspectives.

Finally, Randall discusses the nature of writing, not as a linear procedure, but as a recursive process where the discovery and clarification of a concept occur simultaneously.

The remaining three chapters reveal more specific advice on how to develop an analytical essay.

Exploring Perspectives: A Concise Guide to Analysis by Randall Fallows is a great text to prepare any student to write analytical essays for the argument and persuasion courses.

 

About the Contributors

Author(s)

Randall Fallows is a lecturer and writing two coordinator for the Department of Writing Programs at the University of California, Los Angeles.  He holds an M.A in Rhetoric and Composition from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of California, San Diego. He has published articles on composition theory, popular culture, literature and philosophy in The Journal of Popular Culture, Rhetoric Review, The Journal of Popular Film and Television, American Drama, Americana, and contributed to the books Conversation: Theory and Practice, Taking South Park Seriously, and Americana: Readings in American Culture.

Since 1982, he has been teaching courses in writing, composition pedagogy, literature, and American Culture at SDSU, UCSD, and UCLA. He also spent two years teaching at ELTE University in Budapest, Hungary. When he’s not teaching or writing articles, he participates in both standup and improvisational comedy at various venues throughout Los Angeles, and likes to spend his summer traveling with his wife, Tamar Christensen.