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Beyond Borders : Cultural Readings for Contemporary Writers

Beyond Borders : Cultural Readings for Contemporary Writers - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0618234974

Cover of Beyond Borders : Cultural Readings for Contemporary Writers 2ND 03 (ISBN 978-0618234974)
ISBN13: 978-0618234974
ISBN10: 0618234977

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2003
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Beyond Borders : Cultural Readings for Contemporary Writers - 2ND 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618234974

Randall Bass and Joy Young

ISBN13: 978-0618234974
ISBN10: 0618234977

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2003
International: No

This multicultural reader for first-year composition courses poses critical questions about American culture and the construction of identity. Beyond Borders includes both conventional writing (essays, poems, and short fiction) and less conventional works (photographs, advertisements, graphic novels, and maps). The thematically arranged readings raise ideas about both individual and group identity. Questions at the end of each selection and each chapter raise the level of inquiry from chapter to chapter. The interactive format shows students how to read and write by freely crossing the borders between writer and reader, student and critic, and consumer and producer.

The Second Edition offers a more upbeat view of multiculturalism and the border concept, emphasizing how examining borders can awaken readers' curiosity and imagination.

  • New! Reflecting the direction of contemporary writing programs, the Second Edition features expanded material on the writing process, with more writing activities throughout, a stronger focus on research and argument, and less emphasis on personal experience.
  • New! To better accommodate the focus of a first-year composition course, the new edition contains a greater number of familiar and accessible selections, a larger proportion of essays, and more textual background.
  • New! New selections include works by Anna Deveare Smith, Lester Bangs, John Leonard, Tim O'Brien, bell hooks, and Robert Pinsky.
  • New! Image Portfolio of photographs, providing inspiration for visual analysis and writing, is now in full color.
  • A strong cultural emphasis features such themes as the myths and stories that shape identity; the role of environmental and cultural factors in producing a sense of belonging or alienation; and the social and imaginative dimensions of communities, from the American frontier to cyberspace. Beyond Borders also devotes careful attention to the construction and negotiation of differences across gender, ethnicity, race, and class.
  • The Beyond Borders web site provides a framework for critical thinking about cyberspace and for electronic fieldwork into issues of identity, community, place, and difference.

Author Bio

Bass, Randall : Georgetown University

Young, Joy : Georgetown University

Table of Contents

1. Borders of Identity: Stories of the Self

Anon. Hopi: The Hopi Boy and the Sun [story]
Anna Deavere Smith: Fires in the Mirror [play]
Robert Hass: A Story About the Body [prose poem]
Thomas King: Borders [essay]
Joel Gilbert/Noel Ignatiev: Who Lost an America [interview]
Gerald B. Song: That Time I Hit My Head [student essay]
Ivette Chavarria: Cooking Culture: The Tamale [student essay]
Amy Tan: Mother Tongue [essay]
Jim Mince: The Beginning of the End [essay]
Paul Schellenbacher [online journal]
Evelyn Lau: Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid [diary]
Tara Masih: Exotic, or What Beach Do You Hang Out On? [essay]
Frank Bidart: Ellen West [poem]

2. Borders of Community: Difference and Otherness

Ruben Martinez: Going Up in LA [essay and photos]
Leonard Kriegel: Tunnel Notes of a New Yorker [essay]
Kai Erickson: Collective Trauma: Loss of Communality [essay]
Daniel Kemmis: The Last Best Place: How Hardship and Limits Build Community [essay]
Randall Balmer: Georgia Charismatics [essay]
Jacob Riis: How the Other Half Lives [essay and photos]
Peter Marin: Helping and Hating the Homeless [essay]
David Sibley: Feelings about Difference [essay and photos]
Elizabeth Bishop: In the Waiting Room [poem]
Margery Garber: Vested Interests [essay]
John Hartigan: The Baseball Game [essay]
Robert Berkhofer Jr.: The White Man's Indian [essay]
Stuart Hall: Ethnicity: Identity and Difference [essay]
Gwendolyn Brooks: We Real Cool [poem]

3. Negotiating Borders: The Dynamics of Difference

Mary Louise Pratt: Arts of the Contact Zone [essay]
Richard White: The Middle Ground [essay]
Roger Williams: A Key into the Language [phrasebook]
Wong Sam and Assistants: An English Chinese Phrasebook [phrasebook]
Robert Blauner: Talking Past Each Other: Black and White Languages about Race [essay]
Rita Dove: Arrow [poem]
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Letter from Birmingham Jail [essay]
Tim O'Brien: Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong [essay]
Mary Gaitskill: On Not Being a Victim [essay]
Lester Bangs: White Noise Supremacists [essay]
Sherry Turkle: Tinysex and Gender Trouble [essay]
Frantz Fanon: The Fact of Blackness [essay]
Art Spiegelman: MAUS: A Survivor's Tale [graphic story]
Andrea Lowenstein: Confronting Stereotypes--Teaching Maus in Crown Heights [essay]
Image Portfolio

4. Imagined Borders: Frontier and Nation

Myra Jehlen: Papers of Empire [essay]
Alan Thomas and Ben Crow: Maps, Projections: and Ethnicity [maps and text]
Benedict Anderson: The Concept of "Nation": A Definition [essay]
Frederick Jackson Turner: The Significance of the Frontier in American History [essay]
Patricia Nelson Limerick: Adventures of the Frontier in the Twentieth Century [essay]
Jane Tompkins: At the Buffalo Bill Museum--1988 [essay]
Jack Jackson: Comanche Moon [graphic story]
John Leonard: Cyber Punk Rocks [essay]
Karima Kamal: An Egyptian Girl in America [essay]
Armond White: Who Wants to See Ten Niggers Play Basketball [essay]
Lewis Lapham: Who and What is American? [essay]
Ronald Takaki: A Different Mirror [essay]
Washington Post: America's Role in the World After September 11th [op ed]
Agha Shahid Ali: The Correspondent [poem]

5. The World's New Borders: Beyond Nation, Beyond Place

William Mitchell: Soft Cities [essay]
Allucquére Rosanne Stone: Sex, Death & Machinery, or How I Fell in Love with My Prosthesis [essay]
Stephen Doheny-Farina: Real Cold, Simulated Heat, Virtual Reality at the Roxy [essay]
Howard Rheingold: Disinformocracy [essay]
William Greider: One World: Ready or Not [essay]
Benjamin Barber: Jihad vs. McWorld [essay]
Salman Rushdie: Yes, this is about Islam [essay]
Wen Shu Lee: One Whiteness Veils Three Ugliness [essay]
Guillermo Gomez-Pena: The 90s Culture of Xenophobia: Beyond the Tortilla Curtain
K. Anthony Appiah: The Multicultural Mistake [essay]
Gloria Anzaldua: Borderlands: The New Mestiza--Toward a New Consciousness [essay]
Benjamin Alire Saenz: In the Borderlands of Chicano Identity, There Are Only Fragments
bell hooks: Love as the Practice of Freedom [essay]
Audre Lorde: A Litany for Survival [poem]

Appendix: Key Terms

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