Dreams and Inward Journeys: A Rhetoric and Reader for Writers / Edition 8

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This best-selling collection of readings explores the theme of dreams, the imagination, and the reasoning mind.

Supporting a creative approach to the teaching of writing, Dreams and Inward Journeys presents a rich mixture of personal and academic essays, stories, and poems. The readings touch on such topics as memory, myths and fairy tales, obsessions, sexuality, gender roles, technology, popular culture, nature, and spirituality. Readings encourage the investigation of new ways of seeing and understanding self and the relationship to important social issues and universal human concerns. Featuring a dual thematic and rhetorical organization, each chapter also provides practical writing advice on a specific rhetorical pattern, a range of writing assignments, and sample papers. Beautiful, stimulating art opens each chapter to support the theme and provide prompts for prewriting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205211302
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 10/7/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 171,157
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Writing and Reading

A Process View of Writing and Reading

The Reading Process

Stephen King, “The Symbolic Language of Dreams”

Prereading/Early Reading

Personal and Interpretive Response

Example of student response to King

Critical and Evaluative Response

Example of Student response to King

The Writing Process and Self-Discovery

Stages of the Writing Process

Strategies for Prewriting


Student essay: Leigh Haldeman, “Response to Mary Pipher’s ‘Saplings in the Storm’”

Revising, and Final Draft

Partnership/ Peer Sharing

Chapter 2: Journeys and Reflections (Description and Reflection)

Thematic Introduction

Writing Descriptions


Words and Images

Revising Initial Descriptions

Establishing Vantage Point and Tone

Thinking About Your Purpose and Audience

Walt Whitman, From “Song of the Open Road” (poem)

Donovan Webster, “Inside the Volcano”

Andrew Pham, “Viet-Kieu”

Kavita Sreedhar, “Travelling Home” (student essay)

Francine Prose, “Confessions of a Ritual Tourist”

Jane Goodall, “In the Forests of Gombe”

Nadiv Rahman, “On the Bridge” (student essay)

Topics for Research and Writing

Chapter 3: Journeys in Memory (Narrative)

Thematic Introduction

Narration, Memory, and Self-Awareness

Making Associations

Focusing and Concentration: The Inner Screen

Dialogue and Characters

Main Idea or Dominant Impression

Drafting and Shaping the Narrative

Revising the Narrative: Point of View, Transition, and Style

Patricia Hampl, “Memory and Imagination”

bell hooks, “Writing Autobiography”

Sandra Cisneros, “Monkey Garden”

Saira Shah, “The Storyteller’s Daughter”

Melissa Burns, “The Best Seat in the House” (student essay)

Michael Ventura, “The Peril of Memory”

Rachel Naomi Remen, “Remembering”

Topics for Research and Writing

Chapter 4: Dreams, Myths, and Fairy Tales (Comparison)

Thematic Introduction

Comparing and Contrasting: Strategies for Thinking and Writing

Prewriting for Comparison

Outlining and Transition, Evaluation

Jorge Luis Borges, “The Circular Ruins”

Joseph Campbell, “The Four Functions of Mythology”

Marcelo Gleiser, “The Myths of Science—Creation”

Portfolio of Creation Myths:

From the Rig Veda

“Genesis 1 and 2”

“The Chameleon Finds” (Yao-Bantu, African)

"The Making of the World" (Huron)

“Spider Woman Creates the Humans” (Hopi, Native American)

“The Beginning of the World” (Japanese)

Joshua Groban, “Two Myths” (student essay)

Lan Samantha Chang, “Water Names"

Four Versions of Cinderella:

The Brothers Grimm, “Aschenputtel” (German)

“The Twelve Months” (Slavic)

“The Algonquin Cinderella” (Native American)

“Tam and Cam” (Vietnamese)

Topics for Research and Writing

Chapter 5: Obsessions and Transformation (Definition)

Thematic Introduction

Definition: Word Boundaries of the Self

Public Meanings and Formal Definition

Stipulative and Personal Definitions


W.S. Merwin, “Fog-Horn” (poem)

Andrew Solomon, “Depression”

Anne Lamott, “Hunger”

Sharon Slayton, “The Good Girl” (student essay)

Daniel King, Paul Delfabbro, and Mark Griffiths “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Video Game Players”

Mary Sykes Wylie, “Sleepless in America: Making it Through the Night in a Wired World” Marc Ian Barasch, “What Is a Healing Dream?”

Topics for Research and Writing

Chapter 6: Journeys in Gender and Relationships (Causal Analysis)

Thematic Introduction

Causality and the Inward Journey

Observing and Collecting Information

Causal Logical Fallacies

Pablo Neruda, “The Dream” (poem)

Sigmund Freud, “Erotic Wishes and Dreams”

Virginia Woolf, “Professions for Women”

Mary Pipher, “Saplings in the Storm”

Leigh Haldeman, “A Response to ‘Saplings in the Storm’”

Michael Kimmel, “A War Against Boys”

David Sedaris, “I Like Guys”

Topics for Research and Writing

Chapter 7: The Double / The Other (Argument and Dialogue)

Thematic Introduction

Argument and Dialogue

Traditional Argument

Dialogic Argument

Dialogue and Prewriting

Prewriting and the Audience

Defining Key Terms

Evaluating Facts

Feelings in Argument

Judith Ortiz Cofer, “The Other” (poem)

Connie Zweig and Jeremiah Abrahms, “The Shadow Side of Everyday Life”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Sara Colvin, "Lady Gaga as Monster" (student essay)

Fran Peavey (with Myrna Levy and Charles Varon), “Us and Them”

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, “No Future Without Forgiveness”

Jessica Rubenstein, “Coed Schools Help Students Excel” (student essay)

Topics for Research and Writing

Chapter 8: Pop Dreams (Research)

Thematic Introduction

Research Writing

Finding a Topic

Timetable and Process

Your Voice and the Voices of Your Sources

Purpose and Structure

Language and Style

The Computer as a Research Partner

Juliet B. Schor, “Decommercialization of Childhood”

Henry Jenkins, “Education, Media, and Violence”

Lawrence C. Rubin, “Merchandising Madness

Rob Walker, “Click ”

Steven Johnson, “How Twitter will Change the World in Which We Live”

Jonathan Cusick, “Do Benefit Concerts Affect Political Decisions?”

Anne Ritchie, “Creativity, Drugs, and Rock ’n’ Roll” (student essay)

Topics for Research and Writing

Chapter 9: Voyages in Spirituality (Creativity)

Thematic Introduction

Creativity, Problem Solving, and Synthesis

Habit Versus Risk

Reason Versus Intuition

Developing Self-Confidence: Learning to Trust Your Own Processes

Evaluation and Application


Donna Lovong, “Are You Joining a Cult?”

Norman Yeung Bik Chung, “A Faithful Taoist” (student essay)

Chris Gill, James Rotondi, and Jas Obrecht, “Within You, Without You: The Guitarist’s Search for Spiritual Meaning”

Jessie van Eerden, “The Soul Has Six Wings”

Natalie Goldberg, “On the Shores of Lake Biwa”

Noah Levine, “Death Is Not the End My Friend”

Martin Luther King, Jr., “A Christmas Sermon on Peace”

Topics for Research and Writing

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