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A thematically arranged composition reader that collects a broad range of 77 readings in 8 thematic sections, including fiction and poetry as well as essays.
The thematic units move from personal topics such as family and friends to the broader concerns of society and culture.
Each unit contains thematic subsections that highlight contemporary issues.
Eschholz, Paul : University of Vermont
Rosa, Alfred : University of Vermont
Rhetorical Table of Contents
Introduction: On Reading and Writing
1. Private Lives
A Sense of Self
Dick Gregory, Shame
George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant
Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me
Emily Dickinson, I'm Nobody! Who Are You? (Poem)
John Updike, A Sense of Shelter (Short Story)
Langston Hughes, Salvation
E. B. White, Once More to the Lake
Jean Shepherd, The Endless Streetcar Ride into the Night, and the Tinfoil Noose
Samuel H. Scudder, Learning to See
Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken (Poem)
Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour (Short Story)
2. Family and Friends
S. I. Hayakawa, Our Son Mark
Anthony Brandt, My Grandmother: A Rite of Passage
Karen P. Englehardt, A Tale of Two Gravies
Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays (Poem)
Linda Hogan, Heritage (Poem)
Eudora Welty, A Worn Path (Short Story)
The Troubled American Family
Margaret Mead, Can the American Family Survive?
Michael Reese and Pamela Abramson,
Homosexuality: One Family's Affair
Jane Howard, All Happy Clans Are Alike:
In Search of the Good Family
Willa Cather, Paul's Case (Short Story)
What Are Friends?
Margaret Mead and Rhoda Metraux, On Friendship
Jennifer Crichton, College Friends
Marc Feigen Fasteau, Friendships among Men
E. B. White, Last Day (from Charlotte's Web)
3. Men and Women
Susan Jacoby, Unfair Game
Deborah Tannen, "I'll Explain It to You":
Lecturing and Listening
Noel Perrin, The Androgynous Man
Katherine Anne Porter, Rope (Short Story)
Men and Women in the Workplace
Gloria Steinem, The Importance of Work
Mary Mebane, Summer Job
Barbara Lazear Ascher, On Power
Patrick Fenton, Confessions of a Working Stiff
Gary Soto, One Last Time
4. Campus Life
Teaching and Learning
Alexander Calandra, Angels on a Pin
Frederick Douglass, How I Learned to Read and Write
Eudora Welty, Miss Duling
Langston Hughes, Theme for English B (Poem)
Joyce Carol Oates, In the Region of Ice (Story)
Campus Issues of the 1990s
Bruce Weber, The Unromantic Generation
Sarah Crichton, Sexual Correctness: Has It Gone Too Far?
Caroline Bird, College Is a Waste of Time and Money
Shelby Steele, The Recoloring of Campus Life
Ji-Yeon Mary Yuhfill, Let's Tell the Story of All America's Cultures
5. Language in America
Language, Prejudice, and Sexism
Gordon Allport, The Language of Prejudice
Gloria Naylor, The Meanings of a Word
Haig Bosmajian, Defining the "American
Indian": A Case Study in the Language of
Alleen Pace Nilsen, Sexism in English:
A 1990s Update
Sharon Olds, On the Subway (Poem)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow
Wallpaper (Short Story)
Language and Persuasion
George Orwell, Politics and the English
Donna Woolfolk Cross, Propaganda: How Not to Be Bamboozled
Jib Fowles, Advertising's Fifteen Basic Appeals
Bill Clinton, Inaugural Address, 1993
Toni Morrison, When Language Dies: 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature Acceptance Speech
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Harrison Bergeron (Short Story)
6. Cultural Encounters
Chief Red Jacket, Chief Red Jacket Responds to the Reverend Mr. Cram
Shanlon Wu, In Search of Bruce Lee's Grave
Edite Cunha, Talking in the New Land
Marianna De Marco Torgovnick, On Being White, Female, and Born in Bensonhurst
Pat Mora, Immigrants (Poem)
7. Contemporary Issues
Jonathan Kozol, The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society
Anna Quindlen, Abortion Is Too Complex to Feel All One Way About
Brent Staples, A Brother's Murder
Jean Bethke Elshtain, Why Worry about the
Robert James Bidinotto, What Is the Truth about Global Warming?
Dennis Overbye, Fear in a Handful of Numbers
James Rachels, Active and Passive Euthanasia
Mary Hood, How Far She Went (Short Story)
8. The Individual and Society: Some Classic Statements
Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence
Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of
Sentiments and Resolutions
Pretty Shield, A Woman's Fight
Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
W. H. Auden, The Unknown Citizen (Poem)
Shirley Jackson, The Lottery (Short Story)
Index of Authors and Titles
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