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The Norton Introduction to Literature, 13th Edition [ebook PDF]
Author: Kelly J. Mays (Author)
This unparalleled collection offers the trusted writing guidance students need, along with the exciting mix of the stories, poems, and plays instructors want. The Thirteenth Edition adds more contemporary and diverse works to engage today’s students, and new pedagogical tools help foster close reading and careful writing, making this book the best choice for helping students appreciate, analyze, and write about literature.
In the opening chapters of Charles Dickens’s novel Hard Times (1854), the aptly named Thomas Gradgrind warns the teachers and pupils at his “model” school to avoid using their imaginations. “Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts.
Facts alone are wanted in life,” exclaims Mr. Gradgrind. To press his point, Mr. Gradgrind asks, “girl number twenty,” Sissy Jupe, the daughter of a circus performer, to define a horse. When she cannot, Gradgrind turns to Bitzer, a pale, spiritless boy who “looked as though, if he were cut, he would bleed white.” A “model” student of this “model” school, Bitzer gives exactly the kind of definition to satisfy Mr. Gradgrind: Quadruped. Graminivorous. Forty teeth, namely, twenty-four grinders, four eyeteeth, and twelve incisive. Sheds coat in spring; in marshy countries, sheds hoofs.
Anyone who has any sense of what a horse is rebels against Bitzer’s lifeless picture of that animal and against the “Gradgrind” view of reality. As these first scenes of Hard Times lead us to expect, in the course of the novel the fact-grinding Mr. Gradgrind learns that human beings cannot live on facts alone; that it is dangerous to stunt the faculties of imagination and feeling; that, in the words of one of the
novel’s more lovable characters, “People must be amused.” Through the downfall of an exaggerated enemy of the imagination, Dickens reminds us why we like and even need to read literature.
Preface for Instructors
Like its predecessors, this Thirteenth Edition of The Norton Introduction to Literature offers in a single volume a complete course in reading literature and writing about it. A teaching anthology focused on the actual tasks, challenges, and questions typically faced by students and instructors, The Norton Introduction to Literature offers practical advice to help students transform their first impressions of literary works into fruitful discussions and meaningful critical essays, and it helps students and instructors together tackle the complex questions at the heart of literary study.
The Norton Introduction to Literature has been revised with an eye to providing a book that is as flexible and as useful as possible—adaptable to many different teaching styles and individual preferences—and that also conveys the excitement at the heart of literature itself.
NEW TO THE THIRTEENTH EDITION
Thirty-three new selections
This lucky Thirteenth Edition of The Norton Introduction to Literature features nine new stories, over twenty new poems, and one new play. These include new selections from popular and canonical writers including Ray Bradbury, Octavia Butler, Annie Proulx, Oscar Wilde, and Virginia Woolf (in Fiction and Drama), Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Joy Harjo, and Claude McKay (in Poetry). We invite you to feast on Christina Rossetti’s delicious Goblin Market and a refreshed collection of Robert Frost poems complete with the oft-taught “Out, out—” and “Fire and Ice.” But you will also find here work by exciting new authors such as Alissa Nutting, A. E. Stallings, and Pulitzer Prize winners Adam Johnson, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Tracy K. Smith.
Prompting the reintroduction of John Crowe Ransom’s “Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter,” which it appears alongside, Hai-Dang Phan’s moving “My Father’s ‘Norton Introduction to Literature,’ Third Edition (1981)” reminds us just how much new works and new voices renew and reanimate, rather than replace, classic ones.
A new science-fiction album One of the more popular features of recent editions of The Norton Introduction to Literature are the albums that invite students to consider and compare works linked by author, subgenre, subject matter, or setting, and so on. You will find fifteen such albums in the Thirteenth Edition, including an entirely new one featuring science fiction by Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, and Jennifer Egan.
Improved writing pedagogy Recent editions of The Norton Introduction to Literature greatly expanded and improved the resources for student writers, including thorough introductions to each genre, broadened online materials, and new student writing. The Thirteenth Edition offers an enlarged and revamped chapter on “Quotation, Citation, and Documentation.” In keeping with the latest (8th edition) MLA guidelines, it explains the elements that comprise the works-cited entry and the principles by which any entry is assembled rather than presenting a dizzying menu of entry types for student writers to pore through and copy. Here, as throughout “Writing about Literature,” we demonstrate with brief examples, often drawn from the work of student or professional writers. A new student essay on Ralph Ellison’s “King of the Bingo Game” brings the total of complete writing samples to nineteen, including notes, response papers, essays analyzing one work or comparing several, and research essays exploring critical and/or
historical contexts. As always, by including more and more lengthy extracts from published literary criticism than any other textbook of its kind, The Norton Introduction to Literature offers student writers both a trove of sources to draw on in articulating their own responses to particular works and models of the sorts of questions, strategies, and “moves” that power effective reading and writing about literature.