Literature and Work introduces students to work by having them read, discuss, and write about work-related topics, which are often connected to issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and class. The book features contemporary as well as classic literature with a global perspective. The literature is arranged under eight primary themes:
"Work: Definitions and Ideals,"
"Entering the Work Force,"
"Hard Work and Hard Times: The Working Poor,"
"The Immigrant Experience,"
"Class Struggle and the Dynamics of Power,"
"Race, Gender, and the Dynamics of Power,"
"Work and Ethics," and
"Work: Fulfillment and Disillusionment."
Each section is introduced by broad overviews of the subject, authors' biographies, short introductions to each work, the works themselves, and selections of study questions. Finally, the anthology helps students to read critically and thoughtfully and to experience the readings in relation to their lives and personal issues.
The Essential Literature Series provides a variety of themes, subgenres, and diverse topics to engage introduction to literature and literature for composition students. These brief, affordable books are designed to be used standalone for introductory courses focused on a particular topic or theme or as supplemental texts in advanced literature courses.