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Writing and Literature: Composition as Inquiry, Learning, Thinking, and Communication

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Tanya Bennet

Pub Date: 2017

ISBN 13: 9781940771236

Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Cassandra Sachar, Assistant Professor, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on 1/27/19

The book attempts to cover many different aspects related to writing and literature; however, due to the ambitious breadth, it often only skims the surface of many of the topics. For example, while I appreciate the background on different types of... read more


Reviewed by Joy Sanchez-Taylor, Associate Professor, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) on 12/5/18

This text is well-organized and clearly addresses ways to write about different genres of literature. I like that the text begins by explaining how the study of literature can be relevant to students who are not English majors. The chapter follow... read more


Table of Contents

  • Why Write About Literature?
  • Chapter 1: Reading Like a Professional
  • Chapter 2: Forming a Perspective on the Subject
  • Chapter 3: Effective Argument
  • Chapter 4: Experiencing the Power of Poetry
  • Chapter 5: The Truths of Fiction
  • Chapter 6: All the World's a Stage
  • Chapter 7: Creative Nonfiction, The Fourth Genre
  • Chapter 8: The Literary Analysis Essay
  • Chapter 9: The Research Paper

About the Book

In the age of Buzzfeeds, hashtags, and Tweets, students are increasingly favoring conversational writing and regarding academic writing as less pertinent in their personal lives, education, and future careers. Writing and Literature: Composition as Inquiry, Learning, Thinking and Communication connects students with works and exercises and promotes student learning that is kairotic and constructive. Dr. Tanya Long Bennett, professor of English at the University of North Georgia, poses questions that encourage active rather than passive learning. Furthering ideas presented in Contribute a Verse: A Guide to First-Year Composition as a complimentary companion, Writing and Literature builds a new conversation covering various genres of literature and writing. Students learn the various writing styles appropriate for analyzing, addressing, and critiquing these genres including poetry, novels, dramas, and research writing. The text and its pairing of helpful visual aids throughout emphasizes the importance of critical reading and analysis in producing a successful composition. Writing and Literature is a refreshing textbook that links learning, literature, and life.

About the Contributors


Dr. Tanya Long Bennet, University of North Georgia