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Brief Bedford Reader

Brief Bedford Reader - 9th edition

Brief Bedford Reader - 9th edition

ISBN13: 9780312433185

ISBN10: 0312433182

Brief Bedford Reader by X. J. Kennedy, Dorothy M. Kennedy and Jane E. Aaron - ISBN 9780312433185
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 9TH 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Bedford Books
International: No
Brief Bedford Reader by X. J. Kennedy, Dorothy M. Kennedy and Jane E. Aaron - ISBN 9780312433185

ISBN13: 9780312433185

ISBN10: 0312433182

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 9TH 06

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In 1982, The Bedford Reader transformed the rhetorical reader by combining remarkable selections and vibrant instructional material with a unique "writers on writing" feature in which writers reprinted in the book comment on their process and their work. Over eight editions, the book has become a favorite with students for the Kennedys' clarity and wit, with instructors for the flexible and realistic view of the rhetorical methods, and with both for the readable and discussable selections.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Reading Critically

Reading an Essay
Nancy Mairs, Disability
Thinking Critically About Visual Images
VISUAL IMAGE: Trust, advertisement for St. Paul insurance

2. Writing Effectively

The Writing Situation
The Writing Process
An Essay-in-Progress
Doug Roberts (student), Disability in the Media

3. Using and Documenting Sources

Critical Thinking About Sources
Integrating Source Material
Source Citation Using MLA Style
Sample Research Paper
Marie Javdani (student), Plata O Plomo: Silver or Lead

4. Narration: Telling a Story

VISUAL IMAGE: How Joe's Body Brought Him Fame Instead of Shame, advertisement for
Charles Atlas
The Method
The Process
Focus on Verbs
Checklist for Revising a Narrative
Narration in Paragraphs
Narration in Practice: Reporting a car accident
Maya Angelou, Champion of the World
Maya Angelou on Writing
Amy Tan, Fish Cheeks
Amy Tan on Writing
Annie Dillard, The Chase
Annie Dillard on Writing
Sherman Alexie, Indian Education
Sherman Alexie on Writing
Note: Chapters 5 through 13 follow the same structure as Chapter 4

5. Description: Writing with Your Senses

VISUAL IMAGE: Doug and Mizan's House, East River, 1993, photograph by Margaret Morton
Brad Manning (student), Arm Wrestling with My Father
Brad Manning on Writing
Sarah Vowell, Shooting Dad
Sarah Vowell on Writing
Judith Ortiz Cofer, Silent Dancing
Judith Ortiz Cofer on Writing
Ethan Canin, Fly-Fishing for Doctors
Ethan Canin on Writing

6. Example: Pointing to Instances

VISUAL IMAGE: Cellular Phones of the Future, cartoon by Barry Blitt
Barbara Lazear Ascher, On Compassion
Barbara Lazear Ascher on Writing
Anna Quindlen, Homeless
Anna Quindlen on Writing
Brent Staples, Black Men and Public Space
Brent Staples on Writing
Scott Russell Sanders, Signs
Scott Russell Sanders on Writing

7. Comparison and Contrast: Setting Things Side by Side

VISUAL IMAGES: American Gothic, painting by Grant Wood; Rural Rehabilitation Client, 1935, photograph by Ben Shahn
Suzanne Britt, Neat People vs. Sloppy People
Suzanne Britt on Writing
Dave Barry, Batting Clean-up and Striking Out
Dave Barry on Writing
Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
Bruce Catton on Writing
David Sedaris, Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa
David Sedaris on Writing

8. Process Analysis: Explaining Step by Step

VISUAL IMAGE: Workers Making Dolls, photograph by Wally McNamee
Linnea Saukko (student), How to Poison the Earth
Linnea Saukko on Writing
Bill Bryson, How You Became You
Bill Bryson on Writing
Jessica Mitford, Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain
Jessica Mitford on Writing
Horace Miner, Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

9. Division or Analysis: Slicing into Parts

VISUAL IMAGE: Deconstructing Lunch, cartoon by Roz Chast
Judy Brady, I Want a Wife
Armin A. Brott, Not All Men are Sly Foxes
Emily Prager, Our Barbies, Ourselves
Emily Prager on Writing
Laila Ayad (student), The Capricious Camera
VISUAL IMAGE: Mounted Nazis on the Lookout for Likely Polish Children, photograph

10. Classification: Sorting into Kinds

VISUAL IMAGE: What Everyone Should Know About the Movie Rating System, chart from the Motion Picture Association of America
Russell Baker, The Plot Against People
Russell Baker on Writing
Samuel P. Huntington, The Crisis of National Identity
Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie
Stephanie Ericsson on Writing
William Lutz, The World of Doublespeak
William Lutz on Writing

11. Cause and Effect: Asking Why

VISUAL IMAGE: Garbage In . . . , cartoon by Mike Thompson
Naomi Klein, A Web of Brands
Naomi Klein on Writing
Chitra Divakaruni, Live Free and Starve
Chitra Divakaruni on Writing
Gore Vidal, Drugs
Gore Vidal on Writing
Meghan Daum, Safe-Sex Lies

12. Definition: Tracing a Boundary

VISUAL IMAGE: Need Is a Very Subjective Word, advertisement for HUMMER
Gloria Naylor, The Meanings of a Word
Gloria Naylor on Writing
Christine Leong (student), Being a Chink
Christine Leong on Writing
Thomas Sowell, "Needs"
Dagoberto Gilb, Pride
Dagoberto Gilb on Writing

13. Argument and Persuasion: Stating Opinions and Proposals

VISUAL IMAGE: Corporate America Flag, image from Adbusters Media Foundation
Colleen Wenke (student), Too Much Pressure
William F. Buckley, Jr., Why Don't We Complain?
William F. Buckley, Jr., on Writing
Adnan R. Khan, Close Encounters with US Immigration
Linda Chavez, Everything Isn't Racial Profiling
Linda Chavez on Writing
The USA Patriot Act
Zara Gelsey, The FBI Is Reading Over Your Shoulder
Viet D. Dinh, How the USA Patriot Act Defends Democracy


Martin Luther King, Jr, I Have a Dream
Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman
Maxine Hong Kingston on Writing
George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant
George Orwell on Writing
Edward Said, Clashing Civilizations?
Edward Said on Writing
E. B. White, Once More to the Lake
E. B. White on Writing