The Subject is Story: Essays for Writers and Readers

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Overview

The fourteen essays that comprise The Subject Is Story offer varied and exciting invitations to students to become more aware of story - in literature, in folktales, in gossip, in their own writing and reading. The essayists encourage classroom authors and their teachers to investigate how story and storytelling function in their lives. They consider the persistence and adaptability of story as well as the way story acts as a tool for discovery and recovery, connecting individuals to their communities. They show how story is persuasive, speculative, and reflective, allowing writers and their readers to travel culturally and intellectually.

Used as a writing classroom text, The Subject Is Story encourages students to consider who they are, where they've been, where they may be going, and how story supports them as writers, community members, and participants in the larger world. Written for and to students, these pedagogical essays are intended to

  • generate discussion
  • forge a strong classroom community
  • offer provocative enticements to write
  • provide prompts and advice on storytelling practices
  • encourage both teachers and students to share their stories
  • use this sharing to shape essays that investigate the subject
  • move college writers beyond the classroom to make their own stories manifest through words.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867095340
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 7/30/2003
  • Series: Teaching the Novels of YA Authors
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Bishop, former Kellogg Hunt Professor of English at Florida State University, is the author or editor of a number of books, essays, and articles on composition and creative writing pedagogy and writing research, including Acts of Revision; The Subject Is Writing, Third Edition; The Subject Is Story; The Subject Is Research; and The Subject Is Reading, as well as Ethnographic Writing Research, Elements of Alternate Style, and In Praise of Pedagogy, all published by Boynton/Cook.

Ostrom is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound, where he teaches composition, creative writing, rhetoric, and literature. He has written, edited, and coedited a number of books, including Metro: Journeys in Creative Writing, A Langston Hughes Encyclopedia, and Colors of a Different Horse: Creative Writing Theory and Pedagogy. He is also the author of a book of poetry, Subjects Apprehended, and a novel, Three to Get Ready.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Introduction
Acknowledgments
1 Story, Stories, and You 2
2 Narration and Argument 10
3 Looking for Dr. Fuller: Story Strategies in Essays 18
4 Storytelling, Writing, and Finding Yourself 30
5 Remembering Great Ancestors: Story as Recovery, Story as Quest 41
6 The Stories We Are: Old Meshikee and the Winter of 1929 51
7 The Poems Came Late: Literacy as Cultural Dialogue 62
8 Personal Experience Narratives: What Are Our Responsibilities as Storytellers? 78
9 Sympathy for the Devil? Risk Taking in Writing About Fear 89
10 Necessary Confessions: Personal Stories, Personal Writing, and Writerly Communities 97
11 Ancient Tradition and Contemporary Storytelling 111
12 Cognitive Travelogue: The Essay as Travel Narrative 124
13 Suasive Narrative and the Habit of Reflection 136
14 Telling Process Stories, Drawing Product Lessons 147
A Additional Ancestry Writing Invitations 160
B On Inviting and Being Invited to Author Your Life 163
C The Personal Experience Essay: the Expository/Informative Essay; and the Feature Article 166
D Assigning and Responding to the Suasive Narrative 171
E The Literacy Narrative, Writing Metaphors, and Letter from the Future 176
Contributors' Notes 181
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