Life Studies: An Analytic Reader

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This classic thematic reader helps students move from personal to analytical writing by engaging them with essays and fiction relevant to their lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312259013
  • Publisher: MPS
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7

Meet the Author


DAVID CAVITCH is a professor of English at Tufts University, where he was formerly chair of the English department. He has taught composition at the University of California at Riverside, Idaho State University, the University of New Mexico, and Smith College. Cavitch is the author of highly regarded critical studies of D. H. Lawrence and Walt Whitman and the editor of The Springfield Reader (Bedford/St. Martin's, 1997).
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Table of Contents


Preface for Instructors

Introduction: Finding a Trail
*Bernard Cooper, The Fine Art of Sighing
1. Self-Images
INSIGHTS: D. H. Lawrence, Mark Twain, N. Scott Momaday (poem), Rom Harré, Fay Weldon, *Daniel Traister, Golda Meir, *Joyce Carol Oates
Nora Ephron, Shaping Up Absurd
*Anthony Walton, Hamburger
Terry Galloway, I'm Listening as Hard As I Can
Brent Staples, Black Men and Public Space
*Nan Levinson, The Sad Pleasure of Travel
*Garry Trudeau, My Inner Shrimp
Jamaica Kincaid, Girl (fiction)
Andrew Sullivan, What Is a Homosexual?
2. Family Ties
INSIGHTS: Robert Nisbet, Ferdinand Mount, Mavis Gallant, J. H. Plumb, Gloria Steinem, Robert Hayden (poem), Robert Weiss
Thomas Simmons, Motorcycle Talk
Raymond Carver, My Father's Life
*bell hooks, Inspired Eccentricity
Calvin Trillin, It's Just Too Late
Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing (fiction)
*Debra Spark, Last Things
Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Women and the Future of Fatherhood
Amitai Etzioni, The Value of Families
3. Significant Others
INSIGHTS: François de La Rochefoucauld, Simone de Beauvoir, Walker Percy, Selma Fraiberg, Francesco Alberoni, Sharon Olds (poem), D. T. Suzuki
Susan Allen Toth, Boyfriends
Stephen Dunn, Locker Room Talk
Diane Ackerman, The Chemistry of Love
*Meghan Daum, On the Fringes of the Physical World
*Steve Tesich, Focusing on Friends
Patricia J. Williams, My Best White Friend
*Leslie Lawrence, Propelled by Love
Jonathan Rauch, For Better or Worse?
Raymond Carver, What We Talk about When We Talk about Love (fiction)
4. Group Pictures
INSIGHTS: John Donne, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Theodor Reik, W. E. B. DuBois, Emma Lazarus (poem), Oscar Wilde, Alexis de Tocqueville, *Andrew Hacker, Judith Martin
Amy Tan, Mother Tongue
Henry Louis Gates, In the Kitchen
*Andrew M. Greeley, Why Do Catholics Stay in the Church? Because of the Stories
Michael Dorris, Life Stories
Shelby Steele, On Being Black and Middle Class
*Camilo José Vergara, The Ghetto Cityscape
Arthur Ashe and Arnold Rampersad, The Burden of Race
Alice Walker, Everyday Use (fiction)
*5. Learning Curves
INSIGHTS: D. H. Lawrence, William Cory, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edith Hamilton, *Stephen L. Carter, Philip Levine (poem), Richard Wright
Maya Angelou, Graduation
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Misery of Silence
Helen Vendler, Knowing Poems
Pico Iyer, In Praise of the Humble Comma
Richard Rodriguez, Public and Private Language
*Howard Gardner, Multiple Intelligences
*Neil Postman, The Necessity of Myths
George Steiner, Books and the End of Literature
Ha Jin, Ocean of Words (fiction)
6. Work Rules
INSIGHTS: Vince Lombardi, Wilfred Sheed, Margaret Lowe Benston, Nikki Giovanni, Marie Curie, Vincent Van Gogh, *Martín Espada (poem)
Abigail Witherspoon, This Pen for Hire
Gary Soto, Black Hair
John Updike, A&P (fiction)
Peter Schwendener, Reflections of a Bookstore Type
Virginia Woolf, Professions for Women
*Francine D'Amico, Women Warriors
*FORUM: Work and Power
Laura L. Nash, The Virtual Job
Ian Angell, Winners and Losers in the Information Age
*Barbara Ehrenreich, Warning: This Is a Rights-Free Workplace
7. Possessions
INSIGHTS: Matthew 19:24, Henry David Thoreau, Edna O'Brien, Henry James, Colette, *Peter Stallybrass, Andrew Carnegie, John Kenneth Galbraith, Richard Wilbur (poem)
Harry Crews, The Car
E. M. Forster, My Wood
*James B. Twitchell, Two Cheers for Materialism
Holly Brubach, Mail Order America
*Lars Eighner, Dumpster Diving
William Ian Miller, Gifts and Honor: An Exchange
Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson (fiction)
Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat, Chocolate and Divinity
8. Media Images
INSIGHTS: Mark Crispin Miller, Ruth Rosen, Gerald Early, Louis Menand, Louise Erdrich (poem)
*Anthony Lane, The Shipping News
*Gregg Easterbrook, Watch and Learn
Kurt Andersen, Animation Nation
Ellen Ullman, Getting Close to the Machine
Wendy Lesser, The Conversion
*Francine Prose, A Wasteland of One's Own
Robert Goodman, The Luck Business
Oscar Hijuelos, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (fiction)
Andrea Dworkin, Letter from a War Zone
9. Dilemmas
INSIGHTS: E. M. Forster, Alan Wolfe, George Orwell, Karl Menninger, Margaret Mead, Robert Frost (poem), Agnes De Mille
Sallie Tisdale, We Do Abortions Here
*K. C. Cole, Calculated Risks
Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
*Joy Williams, Our Brutality to Animals
George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant
Bel Kaufman, Sunday in the Park
John Hoberman, Steroids and Sports
Leon R. Kass, The Moral Repugnance of Cloning
*FORUM: Guns and Aims
*Steve Salerno, Leave Him Alone
*Benjamin Spock, Should Children Play with Guns?
*Daniel Lazare, Your Constitution Is Killing You

Appendix: Working with Sources
Rhetorical Index
Index of Authors and Titles
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