Helps Students Approach Literature: DiYanni's Literature defines three essential approaches to the understanding of literature: experience--the impression of a work; interpretation--the meaning of the work; and evaluation--the value of the work.
Writers in Context: Nine writers are feature in context: Poe, O'Connor, and Cisneros in fiction; Dickinson, Frost, and Hughes in poetry; and Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Ibsen in drama. These writers are presented in their full social and historical context. Their expansive entries include introductions to their lives and work, documentary photos and timelines, a rich selection of primary works, letters and other writings, and critical commentary.
Critical Theory: Chapters 33 and 34 introduce students to the fundamental concerns and perspective of literary criticism and include important critical writing throughout history, from Plato through David Henry Hwang.
Student Papers: Student papers can be found throughout the text to provide a wealth of examples of the different ways of writing about each genre.
Guide to Research and MLA Documentation: Chapter 32 offers a complete guide to writing a research paper, including how to evaluate and document sources.
ARIEL CD-ROM: Containing 28 interactive author casebooks (biographies, interactive texts, timelines, and bibliographies related to a single writer) and including a collection of readings of poems, dramatizations of stories, and brief video lectures by McGraw-Hill authors and other experts, A.R.I.E.L. is an ideal multimedia complement to DiYanni's text. Complete cross-references in the text indicate which authors are featured on A.R.I.E.L