The New World Reader: Thinking and Writing about the Global Community / Edition 1

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This multicultural, thematic reader takes on thought-provoking, global issues. The New World Reader presents first-year writing students with 66 timely essays by established writers on the most significant issues of the post-September 11th world. Working with recently published selections from well-known writers, students will have the opportunity to consider such strategic questions as the changing face of America, the challenges and consequences of globalization, the just response to terror, the international digital revolution, and the fate of the global environment. Challenged by notable contemporary thinkers and writers, students will be encouraged—individually and as members of a community—to come to grips with a world that is now subject to complex transformations. Sixty-six lively selections by well-known writers feature such authors as Annie Dillard, Barbara Ehrenreich, Thomas L. Friedman, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Barbara Kingsolver, Mario Vargas Llosa, George Orwell, and Arundhati Roy. A consistent editorial apparatus with a sequenced approach to exercises includes brief chapter introductions, author headnotes, and prereading questions that offer students a preview of the central issues raised by the writers in each section. Exercise sets follow each essay, giving students writing, reading, discussion, and exploration opportunities. Carefully integrated visual materials enrich and enliven the issues raised in the written selections. The dynamic, interactive web site provides instructors with prompts for teaching chapter material and essays, answers to questions, and additional questions and activities. For students, the site offers engaging visual and music portfolios, sample student essays, interactive guidelines for grammar and writing, and links to other sites.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618395941
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/22/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilbert H. Muller is a Professor Emeritus of English at LaGuardia Community College and the author of several college textbooks as well as scholarly books on William Cullen Bryant and Flannery O'Connor.

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Table of Contents

Rhetorical Contents     xiii
Preface     xxiii
Thinking, Reading, and Writing About the New Global Era     1
Critical Thinking     3
Narration and Description     5
Exposition     6
Argument and Persuasion     8
Thinking About an Essay: Nicholas D. Kristof, "Love and Race"     11
Reading Critically     13
Steps to Reading Critically     16
Reading Visual Texts     17
Reading an Essay Critically: Susan Bordo, "The Globalization of Eating Disorders"     18
Writing in Response to Reading     22
Prewriting     23
Drafting     24
Revision     25
Writing in Response to an Essay: Lorraine Ali, "Not Ignorant, Not Helpless"     26
New American Mosaic: Are We Becoming a Universal Nation?     29
"All Things Asian Are Becoming Us"     31
"The Way to Rainy Mountain"     35
"America: The Multinational Society"     42
"Two Americas?"     47
"American Dreamer"     52
"The Cult of Ethnicity"     59
"Arabs in Foreign Lands"     63
America and the World: How Do Others Perceive Us?     67
"Stranger in the Arab-Muslim World"     70
"Americans Are Tuning Out the World"     77
"An Obsession the World Doesn't Share"     81
"Fashionable Anti-Americanism"     86
"America's New Empire for Liberty"     95
"In Search of Pro-Americanism"     101
"Waking Up from the American Dream"     109
Speaking in Tongues: Does Language Unify or Divide Us?     117
"Mother Tongue"     120
"Mute in an English-Only World"     126
"If You Can't Master English, Try Globish"     130
"Lingua Franchise"     134
"Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language"     138
"Multilingual America"     146
"Reading the History of the World"     254
Global Relationships: Are Sex and Gender Roles Changing?     159
"Arranged Marriages Get a Little Reshuffling"     161
"In Africa, AIDS Has a Woman's Face"     166
"The Muslim in the Mirror"     171
"Justice for Women"     179
"The Veiled Threat"     182
"Family Values"     197
"Life on the Global Assembly Line"     205
The Challenge of Globalization: What Are the Consequences?     215
"Prologue: The Super-Story"     218
"The Global Village Finally Arrives"     223
"The Noble Feat of Nike"     227
"Fear Not Globalization"     231
"Globalisation"     235
"Toward a New Cosmopolitanism"     245
"The Educated Student: Global Citizen or Global Consumer?"     261
Culture Wars: Whose Culture Is It, Anyway?     272
"Cultural Baggage"     274
"It's a Mall World After All"     278
"Whose Culture Is It, Anyway?"     284
"Hygiene and Repression"     287
"Besieged by 'Friends'"     292
"The Culture of Liberty"     295
"On Seeing England for the First Time"     304
The Clash of Civilizations: Is Conflict Avoidable?     315
"American Dream Boat'"     317
"When Afghanistan Was at Peace"     322
"The World in 1500-or the West as a Backwater"     326
"Fundamentalism Is Here to Stay"     329
"The West and the Rest: Intercivilizational Issues"     335
"It's the Women, Stupid"     340
"A World Not Neatly Divided"     345
"Andalusia's Journey"     349
The Age of Terror: What Is the Just Response?     363
"To Any Would-Be Terrorists"     365
"Blood Diamonds"     371
"Letter from New York"     377
"Generation Jihad"     384
"Bad Luck: Why Americans Exaggerate the Terrorist Threat"     391
"The Algebra of Infinite Justice"     395
Global Aid: Can We Reduce Disease and Poverty?     402
"What I Did on My Summer Vacation"     404
"Cities Without Slums"     413
"A Threat Worse Than Terror"     417
"Technology Won't Feed World's Hungry"     421
"A Development Nightmare"     424
"Follow the Money"     427
"AIDS in Africa"     433
The Fate of the Earth: Can We Preserve the Global Environment?     443
"The Obligation to Endure"     445
"Talking Trash"     452
"Lessons from Lost Worlds"     455
"Driving Global Warming"     459
"In the Jungle"     464
"Digging Up the Roots"     469
"In Defense of Nature, Human and Non-human"     474
"A Hole in the World"     479
Conducting Research in the New Global Era     485
The Research Process
The Writing Process
Glossary of Rhetorical Terms     509
Glossary of Globalization Terms     515
Credits     521
Index     525
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