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The Contemporary essay


Publisher:St. Martin's Press



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The Contemporary Essay entertains matters of economics and fashion, dinosaurs and eclipses, torture, and Wyoming. There are fifty-one essays. Thirty-nine essays are new to this edition, many by women: Margaret Atwood, Carol Bly, Gretel Ehrlich, Francine Du Plessix Gray, Vicki Hearne, Maxine Kumin, Jan Morris, Joyce Carol Oates, Cynthia Ozick, and Phyllis Rose join the company of Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, Frances FitzGerald, Diane Johnson, Maxine Hong Kingston, Alison Lurie, Adrienne Rich, Barbara W. Tuchman, Alice Walker, and Eudora Welty. The introduction gives advice about reading in general, and the headnotes supply help toward reading each essay. The author has written a brief Afterword, notes on the essay just read which may prove useful for some students and some teachers. These Afterwords are deliberately nonparallel: Some focus on one trick of style; others examine larger issues of structure; many center on the different strategies available to the essayist. Each tries to point out something useful; none attempts to respond to a whole essay. Suggestions for teaching and questions for every selection appear in Resources, where they can be used entirely at the instructor's discretion. These resources prepared by Diane Elizabeth Young of Stanford University, include Questions on Meaning, Questions on Strategy, Questions on Language, and at least two writing assignments for every essay. Each question is followed by a lengthy discussion, which includes suggested answers to the question.

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