- Title: The Literary Experience, Compact Edition (Available Titles Cengagenow)
- Author: Bruce Beiderwell, Jeffrey M. Wheeler
- Released: 2007-01-24
- Pages: 1568
- ISBN: 1413019250
- ISBN13: 978-1413019254
- ASIN: 1413019250
"Your 'canon' is quite inclusive-- I am happy to see females authors and authors of color well represented. I am also happy to see Shakespeare, Swift, and other 'classics.' Your literature selections include very new writing and very old-- as it should be in an introductory course in literature. As a newcomer to the text, it is reassuring to see literature that I have taught many times before along with works I have not yet taught. Teaching should be a process of continual learning, and the inclusion of unfamiliar texts allows for that."
"I very much like the idea of works in different genres to teach the basic elements of literature. This not only keeps from relegating poetry to the "deeper, harder" section of the semester, but demonstrates that poetry can be read and understood by the average student. It also helps students to focus on single elements and develop their ideas about specific works rather than trying to write about a work in many general terms."
"The thematic clusters are the strongest feature of the text. Teaching by themes allows the teacher and students to explore the different ways different writers examine and develop similar ideas."
"In terms of the specifics of the chapter (Chapter 12) that I have been sent, I applaud the inclusion of film discussions. Students are very aware of popular culture, and film is often a good way to explain literary terms, techniques, and other tools that literature students need to learn. Additionally, the text seems not to treat film as something simply to be enjoyed (vs. enjoyed, appreciated, examined, studied, treated seriously, etc.), and as a film instructor (in addition to literature, film adaptation, etc.), this is refreshing to see."
About the Author Bruce Beiderwell completed his Ph.D. in 1985 and since that time has taught a wide range of composition and literature courses. He has published articles and reviews on nineteenth century fiction and detective fiction. His book Power and Punishment in Scott's Novels (University of Georgia Press, 1992) was nominated in 1993 for the McVities Prize--an award given to the best book of the year on a Scottish subject. Beiderwell is now Director of UCLA Writing Programs.
Jeff Wheeler currently serves as chair of the English department at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, California, where he also teaches a wide variety of literature and composition courses. He has taught at UCLA, Pepperdine, and USC, where he earned his doctorate in English. His work in literature of the English Reformation has earned him places in two seminars sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. pdf