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Involve students using readings that involve them. Centered around the idea that the most important foundation for good college writing is the formation and development of ideas, Quentin Miller's THE GENERATION OF IDEAS helps students build writing skills while engaging them in themes that are central to their own lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413000122
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 9/24/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 832
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

D. Quentin Miller is Professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston, where he teaches fiction writing and literature. He is the author of "A CRIMINAL POWER": JAMES BALDWIN AND THE LAW and JOHN UPDIKE AND THE COLD WAR, and the editor of RE-VIEWING JAMES BALDWIN: THINGS NOT SEEN and PROSE AND CONS: NEW ESSAYS ON CONTEMPORARY U.S. PRISON LITERATURE. He is also the coauthor of the literature for composition textbook CONNECTIONS and the author of the composition textbook THE GENERATION OF IDEAS. His articles have appeared in such journals as American Literature, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, The Hemingway Review, Forum for Modern Language Studies, and American Literary Realism.

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Table of Contents

1. AN INTRODUCTION TO IDEAS, CRITICAL THINKING, AND COLLEGE WRITING. Owen Flanagan, "The Problem of the Soul:" Arnold M. Ludwig, "How Do We Know Who We Are?" Two Student Papers. 2. REACTING TO AUTHORITY: YOUTH REBELLION. Mark Twain, "Advice to Youth." Maya Angelou, "Mary." Michael Moore, "Idiot Nation." Judith Rich Harris, "''Nurture'' Is Not the Same as ''Environment''." Judith Ortiz Cofer, "Volar; Maria Elena; Exile" [short story]. John Lydon (Johnny Rotten), "I Want You to Know That I Hate You, Baby." Ralph "Sonny" Barger, from Hell's Angel. Helen Nissenbaum, "Hackers and the Battle for Cyberspace." Thinking Through Ideas: Beatniks on the Road: Gregory Corso, from Variations on a Generation. Excerpts from Kerouac's On the Road. Brenda Frazer, "Breaking Out of D.C." Joyce Johnson, from Minor Characters. 3. ACT YOUR AGE: WHEN DOES ADULTHOOD BEGIN? David Mamet, "The Rake: A Few Scenes from My Childhood." Vivian Gornick, from Fierce Attachments. Esmeralda Santiago, "Mami Gets a Job." Joyce Carol Oates, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" [short story]. Louise J. Kaplan, "Adolescence: Trivializations and Glorifications." Naomi Wolf, "Fourth Base: How to Make a Woman." Bruno Bettelheim, "The Problem of Generations." Charles Mungoshi, "The Setting Sun and the Rolling World" [short story]. Christopher Noxon, "I Don''t Want to Grow Up!" Marcia Mogelonsky, "The Rocky Road to Adulthood." William Kowinski, "Kids in the Mall: Growing Up Controlled." Thinking Through Ideas: The History of Adolescence: C. Dallett Hemphill, "Youth Rising." John and Virginia Demos, "Adolescence in Historical Perspective." Joseph F. Kett , "Adolescence and Youth in Nineteenth- Century America. Victoria Getis, "Experts and Juvenile Delinquency, 1900-1935." David Plotz, "The American Teen-ager." 4. I AM A ROCK: INDIVIDUALISM, ISOLATION, AND ALIENATION. Alice Walker, "Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self." "Melanie," "Courting Danger." Joan Didion, "On Self-Respect." Benjamin Franklin, from The Autobiography. Alfons Marcoen and Luc Goossens, "Loneliness." Willa Cather, "Paul's Case" [short story]. Marcel Danesi, "The Emergence of Coolness." Gerard Jones, "Violent Media Is Good for Kids." Peter Marin, "The Open Truth and Fiery Vehemence of Youth." Natalie Kusz, "Ring Leader." Thinking Through Ideas: Aloneness in Poetry and Song Lyrics: Paul Simon, "I Am a Rock." Janis Ian, "At Seventeen." Emily Dickinson, "I''m Nobody! Who Are You?" William Cullen Bryant, "Thanatopsis." Pink Floyd, "Hey You." Korn, "No One's There." Skid Row, "Youth Gone Wild." 5. FROM MINOR TO (WHAT''S YOUR) MAJOR: IDENTITY IN COLLEGE. Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The American Scholar." Richard Rodriguez, "The Achievement of Desire." Jennifer Crichton, "Who Shall I Be?" Dan Chaon, "Fraternity."[short story]. Beth Bailey, "From Panty Raids to Revolution: Youth and Authority, 1950-1970." Douglas Heath, "Becoming Mature." Roberta F. Borkat, "A Liberating Curriculum." Mark Edmundson, "On the Uses of a Liberal Education." Jacob Neusner, "Grading Your Professors." Thinking Through Ideas: Binge Drinking: Henry Weschler, Charles Deutsch, and George Dowdall, "Too Many Colleges Are Still in Denial about Alcohol Abuse. Laura Vanderkam, "Busybody Alarmists Set Arbitrary Standards." Kenneth A. Bruffee, "Binge Drinking as a Substitute for a ''Community of Learning''." Matthew J. Herper, "Binge and Purge." 6. CAN''T BUY ME LOVE: MONEY, SOCIAL CLASS, AND THE SELF. Laurel Johnson Black, "Stupid Rich Bastards." Andrew Carnegie, "Wealth." bell hooks, "The Me-Me Class: The Young and the Ruthless." Gregory Mantsios, "Class in America: Myths and Realities." Rosemary Bray, "So How Did I Get Here?" Shelby Steele, "On Being Black and Middle Class." Katherine Newman, "American Nightmares." Toni Cade Bambara, "The Lesson."[short story]. Thinking Through Ideas: Supersizing: Laurence Shames, "The More Factor." Ian Frazier, "The Mall of America." Linda Baker, "McMansion Mania." James B. Twitchell, from Lead Us into Temptation. 7. WALKING THE WALK: ASSIMILATION AND CLASSIFICATION. Mike Rose, "I Just Wanna Be Average." Randolph Bourne, "Trans-National America." Mary Crow Dog, "Civilize Them with a Stick." Sallie Tisdale, "A Weight That Women Carry." Eric Liu, "A Chinaman's Chance: Reflections on the American Dream." Sherman Alexie, "Indian Education."[short story]. Barbara Kingsolver, "Stone Soup." Dierdre N. McCloskey, "Yes, Ma''am." Bharati Mukherjee, from Two Ways to Belong in America. Thinking Through Ideas: Talking the Talk: Language and Assimilation: David Sedaris, "Go Carolina." Luc Sante, "Living in Tongues." Amy Tan, "Mother Tongue." 8. HI-HO, HI-HO! AMERICAN DREAMS OR AMERICAN DRONES? Gary Soto, "Looking for Work." Alfred Lubrano, "Bricklayer's Boy." Robert Louis Stevenson, "An Apology for Idlers." Sue Shellenbarger, "Teens Are Inheriting Parents'' Tendencies Toward Work Overload." Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi and Barbara Schneider, "The Evolving Nature of Work." Aristides, "Work and Its Contents." Ann Cummins, "Where I Work."[short story]. Neil Howe and William Strauss, "Jiggy with It." Barbara Brandt, "Less Is More: A Call for Shorter Work Hours." Thinking Through Ideas: Women's Work: Felicia Kornbluh, "Women and Work: An Overview Review." "Jill-in-a-Box: Women in Top Management." Silja Talvi, "The Case for Sex Work." Susan Cheever, "The Nanny Track."

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