The Literary Experience, Compact Edition

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Authors : Bruce Beiderwell; Jeffrey M. Wheeler


448 Pages  Paperback 

2nd Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2008

©2016 , Published


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Organized around the elements of literature common to all genres, THE LITERARY EXPERIENCE, COMPACT EDITION allows classes to focus on the real interpretive questions students ask of any text. A single chapter on symbolism, for example, includes discussion of symbols in poems, stories, and plays.


Organized by the literary elements common to all genres, THE LITERARY EXPERIENCE makes literature more engaging and accessible.

Interpretation questions frame each chapter to help students understand the poems, stories, and plays. Rather than focusing the discussion of literature on the formal elem... more

New to this Edition

A fully revised Anthology mixes some of today’s best contemporary literature with the classics to help reinforce themes.

A stronger emphasis on film as literature has been added to this edition, and each Anthology now starts with a well-respected film review.

A new Part 1 helps integrate writing a... more