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The Bedford Reader,9780312609696

The Bedford Reader

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Edition: 11th
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1/28/2011
Publisher(s): Bedford/St. Martin's


Long one of the most popular composition readers on the market, The Bedford Readerprovides compelling readings by excellent writers. It takes a practical and flexible approach to the rhetorical methods, focusing on their uses in varied writing situations. The popular "Writers on Writing" feature illustrates the many ways writers create meaning from what they read and experience, and, as always, the Kennedys' wise and witty instruction engages and challenges students as they become academic writers. The eleventh edition offers even more to guide students' critical reading and writing, with material on revising and editing, discussion and examples of academic genres, coverage of academic language, and annotated essays to illustrate reading and writing strategies.

Author Biography

X. J. KENNEDY is an acclaimed poet, children's writer, college teacher, and textbook author. He has taught freshman composition at the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Tufts University. Since 1966, more than two million students have treasured his introductory literature texts and The Bedford Guide for College Writers, Eighth Edition (2009), coauthored with Dorothy M. Kennedy and Marcia F. Muth.
DOROTHY M. KENNEDY is a writer and editor whose articles and reviews have appeared in both professional and academic journals. She has taught composition at the University of Michigan and Ohio University and, with X. J. Kennedy, is the recipient of the NCTE Teacher's Choice Award for Knock at a Star: A Child's Introduction to Poetry.
JANE E. AARON is a writer and editor who has taught composition at New York University and New School University. She is the author of four popular composition handbooks, and, for Bedford/St. Martin's, she is the editor of The Compact Reader, Eighth Edition, and 40 Model Essays: A Portable Anthology.

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors
Thematic Table of Contents
Reading, Writing, and Research
Critical Reading
Reading an Essay
Nancy Mairs, Disability
Thinking Critically about Visual Images
Visual Image: A Deployed Soldier and His Daughter, photograph by Erik S. Lesser
The Writing Process
Analyzing the Writing Situation
Discovering Ideas
Focusing on the Thesis and the Thesis Statement
An Essay-in-Progress
Mental Illness on Television
Academic Writing
Responding to a Text
Integrating Source Material
Writing from Research
Avoiding Plagiarism
Source Citation Using MLA Style
Sample Research Paper
Rosie Anaya, The Best Kept Secret On Campus
The Methods
Narration: Telling a Story
Visual Image: How Joe's Body Brought Him Fame Instead of Shame, advertisement for
Charles Atlas
The Method
The Process
Narration in Paragraphs
Narration in a Case Study
Paired Selections: Difference
Champion of the World
Maya Angelou on Writing
Fish Cheeks
Amy Tan on Writing
The Chase
Annie Dillard on Writing
*Bradley Philbert on Writing
*Mary Ellen's Story
The Lottery
Shirley Jackson on Writing
Description: Writing with Your Senses
Visual Image: Doug and Mizan's House, East River, photograph by Margaret Morton
The Method
The Process
Description in Paragraphs
Description in a Field Observation
Paired Selections: Fathers
Arm Wrestling with My Father
Brad Manning on Writing
Shooting Dad
Sarah Vowell on Writing
*The Best Pizza in the World
*Dance of the Hobs
*William Least Heat-Moon on Writing
*Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, 1942
*Joyce Carol Oates on Writing
Example: Pointing to Instances
Visual Image: Low-Energy Drinks, cartoon by Glen LeLievre
The Method
The Process
Example in Paragraphs
Example in a Job Application Letter
Paired Selections: Homelessness
On Compassion
Barbara Lazear Ascher on Writing
Anna Quindlen on Writing
*The Adored, Buzzing Around Us
*Sharman Apt Russell on Writing
Black Men and Public Space
Brent Staples on Writing
*This Is Water
*David Foster Wallace on Writing
Comparison and Contrast: Setting Things Side by Side
Visual Image: American Gothic, painting by Grant Wood; Rural Rehabilitation Client, photograph by Ben Shahn
The Method
The Process
Comparison and Contrast in Paragraphs
Comparison and Contrast in a Review
Paired Selections: Personalities
Neat People vs. Sloppy People
Suzanne Britt on Writing
Batting Clean-Up and Striking Out
Dave Barry on Writing
Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
Bruce Catton on Writing
*Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa
*David Sedaris on Writing
Size 6: The Western Woman's Harem
The Legacy of Antigay Discrimination
Process Analysis: Explaining Step by Step
Visual Image: Workers Making Dollsphotograph by Wally McNamee
The Method
The Process
Process Analysis in Paragraphs
Process Analysis in a Lab Report
Paired Selections: The Environment
How to Poison the Earth
Linnea Saukko on Writing
Chronicles of Ice
Gretel Ehrlich on Writing
*Sweet, Sour, and Resentful
*Firoozeh Dumas on Writing
Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain
Jessica Mitford on Writing
*Corn Walking
*Michael Pollan on Writing
Division or Analysis: Slicing into Parts
Visual Image: Deconstructing Lunch, cartoon by Roz Chast
The Method
The Process
Division or Analysis in Paragraphs
Division or Analysis in an Annotated Bibliography
Paired Selections: Women and Men
I Want a Wife
*Judy Brady on Writing
*Men-It's in Their Nature
*Christina Hoff Sommers on Writing
*Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, Vampires Never Die
*Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan on Writing
The Myth of Doomed Kids
Bella DePaulo on Writing
The Capricious Camera
Visual Image: Mounted Nazi Troops on the Lookout for Likely Polish Children, photograph
Classification: Sorting into Kinds
*Visual Image: Maple Ridge Curbside Recycling, illustrated chart by Ridge Meadows Recycling Society
The Method
The Process
Classification in Paragraphs
Classification in a Rsum
Paired Selections: Telling Lies
The Ways We Lie
Stephanie Ericsson on Writing
The World of Doublespeak
William Lutz on Writing
The Plot Against People
Russell Baker on Writing
But What Do You Mean?
Deborah Tannen on Writing
*A Vocabulary of Smiles
Cause and Effect: Asking Why
*Visual Image: Im txtng while drvng, cartoon by Mike Luckovich
The Method
The Process
Cause and Effect in Paragraphs
Cause and Effect in a Letter to the Editor
Paired Selections: Globalization
Live Free and Starve
Chitra Divakaruni on Writing
Plato o Plomo: Silver or Lead
Marie Javdani on Writing
The New Witch Doctors: How Belief Can Kill
*The Squeeze
*Charles Fishman on Writing
The Rise and Fall of the Hit
Chris Anderson on Writing
Definition: Tracing Boundaries
*Visual Image: Army Strong, advertisement for the U.S. Army
The Method
The Process
Definition in Paragraphs
Definition in an Essay Exam
Paired Selections: Hurtful Words
The Meanings of a Word
Gloria Naylor on Writing
Being a Chink
Christine Leong on Writing
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