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Border Texts : Cultural Readings for Contemporary Writers

Border Texts : Cultural Readings for Contemporary Writers - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0395677285

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ISBN13: 978-0395677285
ISBN10: 0395677289
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 1999
International: No

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Border Texts : Cultural Readings for Contemporary Writers - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0395677285

Randall Bass

ISBN13: 978-0395677285
ISBN10: 0395677289
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 1999
International: No

This thematic reader explores a wide range of critical questions about American culture, focusing on the physical and symbolic borders that define and limit its meaning. The text's 75 selections address the construction of individual identities, group identities, and notions of difference and "other"ness in local, national, and virtual communities. Featuring writers from widely varied backgrounds and perspectives, Border Texts includes both conventional texts (expository and analytic essays, poems, and short fiction) and nonconventional texts (photographs, advertising art, graphic novels, and maps).

  • 75 selections address the construction of identity and the negotiation of differences across gender, ethnic, race, and class boundaries.
  • Graphic images (more than 30 in the readings) are treated as texts, with questions that lead students to connect them to the readings and the chapter themes.
  • A text-specific Web site supports the book with (a) sources for critical thinking about cyberspace and the Web, and for electronic fieldwork on identity, community, place, and difference; (b) links to research and resources relevant to the book's topics; and (c) hypertext guides to the integration of concepts across Border Texts.
  • "Home Page" sections introduce and frame each chapter, presenting key concepts through substantive overview essays and critical questions. Introductory materials build in sophistication across chapters.
  • End-of-chapter writing suggestions, carefully keyed to the chapters' framing essays and critical questions, draw together various readings and focus students on significant issues.
  • Post-reading questions address both rhetorical and cultural issues in formats suitable for journal entries, group work, writing topics, and Web research.

Table of Contents

1. Approaching Borders: Reading, Writing and Thinking About Borders

Critical Questions
Border Texts and Places
Critical Reading Across Borders
The Language of Border Texts
From Reading to Writing
Amy Tan, Mother Tongue
Sample student responses

2. Borders of Identity: Stories of the Self and Home

Critical Questions
The Shaping Power of Stories
Past and Present
Living Fictions
Multiple Identities
Marianne Boruch: The Quiet House [essay]
Russell Banks: The Visitor [essay]
Kesaya Noda: Growing Up Japanese [essay]
Sherman Alexie: Family Portrait [story]
Judith Ortiz Cofer: Silent Dancing [essay]
Eden Abigail Trooboff: "The Gravity of Pink" [essay]
Michael Nava: Gardenland [essay]
Leslie Marmon Silko: Yellow Woman; Storytelling [stories]
Sandra Cisneros: Woman Hollering Creek [story]
Anne Sexton: Cinderella [poem]
Joy Harjo: Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window [poem]
William Kittredge: Home [essay]
Michelle Cliff: Screen Memory [story]
Thinking and Writing Critically

3. Borders of Community: Belonging and Alienation

Critical Questions
Where do you belong?
Belonging to a Culture
What is a Community?
What makes insiders and outsiders?
Ivette Chavarria: Cooking Culture [essay]
Bharati Mukherjee: Two Ways to Belong in America [essay]
Thomas King: Borders [essay]
Alice Walker, Everyday Use [essay]
Victor Hernandez Cruz: Home is Where the Music Is [essay]
Cherrie Moraga: A Long Line of Vendidas [essay]
Li -Young Lee: Persimmons [poem]
Ruben Martinez: Going Up in LA [essay]
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]
Thinking and Writing Critically

4. Borders as Barriers: Otherness and Difference

Critical Questions
"National Geographic Nudity"
What is Normal?
Fear and Difference
Elizabeth Bishop: The Waiting Room [poem]
Tara Masih: Exotic, or "What Beach Do You Hang Out on?" [essay]
Jacob Riis: How the Other Half Lives [essay and photos]
Toni Cade Bambara: The Lesson [story]
Peter Marin: Helping and Hating the Homeless [essay]
Nathan McCall: Makes Me Wanna Holler [essay]
David Sibley: Feelings about Difference [essay]
Robert Berkhofer, jr.: The White Man's Indian [essay]
Martin Espada: The Other Alamo [poem]
Adrienne Rich: Split at the Root [essay]
Art Spiegelman: MAUS: A Survivor's Tale [graphic story]
Stuart Hall: Ethnicity: Identity and Difference [essay]
Thinking and Writing Critically

5. Negotiating Borders: the Dynamics of Difference

Critical Questions
Differences that Make a Difference
Talking Through Differences: the Problem of Communication
Can a Contact Zone be a Community?
David Woo: Habit [poem]
Gary Soto: Black Hair [story]
Cherylene Lee: Safe [story]
Mary Louis Pratt: Arts of the Contact Zone [essay]
Wong Sam and Assistants: An English Chinese Phrasebook [phrasebook]
Martin Luther King, jr.: Letter from Birmingham Jail [essay]
Robert Blauner: Talking Past Each Other: Black and White Languages about Race [essay]
Tobias Wolff: "Say, Yes" [story]
Luis Alberto Urrea: Across the Wire [essay]
Mary Gaitskill: On Not Being a Victim [essay]
Sherry Turkle: Tinysex and Gender Trouble [essay]
Thinking and Writing Critically

6. Borders and Frontiers: Imagined and Virtual Communities

Critical Questions
Imagined Communities
The American Frontier as a Place and Idea
Virtual Communities: It Doesn't Rain in Cyberspace
Third World Atlas: Maps: Projections: and Ethnicity [maps and text]
Benedict Anderson: Imagined Communities [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]
Chrystos: I Have Not Signed a Treaty with the United States [poem]
Clark Blaise: The Border as Fiction [essay]
William Mitchell: City of Bits [essay]
Steven G. Jones: Understanding Community in the Information Age [essay]
AllocquÚre Rosanne Stone: Sex, Death, and Machinery, or How I Fell in Love with My Prosthesis [essay]
Thinking and Writing Critically

7. The World's New Borders: Globalism vs. Tribalism

Critical Questions
A Nation of Borders
America as a Global Crossroads
The Rise of Group Identity
Group Solidarity, Conflict, or a Global Theme Park?
Joel Garreau: The Nine Nations of North America [essay]
Guillermo Gomez-Pena: The 90s Culture of Xenophobia: Beyond the Tortilla Curtain
Lewis Lapham: Who and What is American? [essay]
Ronald Takaki: A Different Mirror [essay]
Richard Rodriquez: The Fear of Losing a Culture [essay]
Elaine Kim: Home is Where the Han Is [essay]
Gerald Early: Afrocentrism: Why Blacks Dream of a World Without Whites [essay]
K. Anthony Appiah: The Multicultural Mistake [essay]
Gloria Anzaldua: Borderlands: The New Mestiza - Toward a New Consciousness [essay]
Howard Rheingold: Disinformocracy [essay]
William Greider: One World: Ready or Not [essay]
Benjamin Barber: Jihad vs. McWorld [essay]
Thinking and Writing Critically

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