Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers / Edition 9

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Ways of Reading continues to profoundly influence the teaching of writing by offering a uniquely exciting and challenging approach to first-year composition, integrating reading, writing, and critical thinking with an ambitious selection of readings and editorial features. With carefully honed apparatus that helps students work with the challenging selections, Ways of Reading guides students through the process of developing intellectual skills necessary for college-level academic work by engaging them in conversations with key academic and cultural texts. It also bridges the gap between contemporary critical theory and composition so that instructors can connect their own scholarly work with their teaching.

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"Ways of Reading is not prescriptive; instead, it challenges students and engages them in the timeless issues of interpretation, knowledge, and power."

-- Anne Laskaya, University of Oregon

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312570910
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 11/12/2010
  • Edition description: Ninth Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 359,043
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID BARTHOLOMAE (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is one of the composition community's most highly regarded members. Professor of English and the Charles Crow Chair at the University of Pittsburgh, he has published many articles on the teaching of writing and is a frequent lecturer to university faculty and writing projects nationwide. Winner of the Braddock Award and the CCC Exemplar Award, he has served as chair of CCCC and on the MLA Executive Council. He is coeditor of the Pittsburgh Series on Composition, Literacy, and Culture, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. His collection of essays, Writing on the Margins: Essays on Composition and Teaching, was published by Bedford/St. Martin's in 2005.
ANTHONY PETROSKY (D.Ed., State University of New York at Buffalo) is Associate Dean of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh with a joint appointment in the English Department, where he has regularly taught composition, reading, and writing. He has served as the director of the Pittsburgh Public Schools Critical Thinking Project, chair of the NCTE Standing Committee on Research, director for the Third National Assessment of Reading and Literature, and an elected trustee of the NCTE Research Foundation. An award-winning poet, his most recent book of poems, Crazy Love, was published in 2003.
The two together have also published Facts, Artifacts, and Counterfacts: Theory and Method for a Reading and Writing Course, a report on their course at the University of Pittsburgh, The Teaching of Writing: Eighty-fifth Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, and Ways of Reading Words and Images (Bedford/St. Martin's 2003).

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Ways of Reading
     Making a Mark
     Ways of Reading
     Strong Readers, Strong Texts
     Reading with and against the Grain
     Working with Difficulty
     Reading and Writing: The Questions and Assignments
The Readings
*David Abram, Animism and the Alphabet
Gloria Anzaldúa, Entering into the Serpent
     How to Tame a Wild Tongue
*Kwame Anthony Appiah, Race, Culture, Identity: Misunderstood Connections
John Berger, Ways of Seeing
     On Rembrandt's Woman in Bed 
     On Caravaggio's The Calling of St. Matthew
*Eula Biss, The Pain Scale
Susan Bordo, Beauty (Re)discovers the Male Body
*Judith Butler, Beside Oneself: On the Limits of Sexual Autonomy
*Anne Carson, Short Talks
*Brian Doyle, Joyas Valoradas
Michel Foucault, Panopticism
Paulo Freire, The “Banking” Concept of Education
Susan Griffin, Our Secret
*Laura Kipnis, Reader Advisory
     Love's Labors
*Richard E. Miller, The Dark Night of the Soul
Walker Percy, The Loss of the Creature
*Antonio Porchia, Voices
Mary Louise Pratt, Arts of the Contact Zone
*Alberto Rios, Translating Translation: Finding the Beginning
Richard Rodriguez, The Achievement of Desire
Edward Said, States
*Tommie Shelby, Social Identity and Group Solidarity
*David Foster Wallace, Authority and American Usage
John Edgar Wideman, Our Time
Assignment Sequences
Working with Assignment Sequences
Working with a Sequence
     Sequence One, The Aims Of Education
     Sequence Two, The Arts Of The Contact Zone
     Sequence Three, Autobiographical Explorations
     Sequence Four, Experts And Expertise
     Sequence Five, On Difficulty
     Sequence Six, Reading Culture
     Sequence Seven, The Uses Of Reading
     Sequence Eight, The Uses Of Reading (Ii)
     Sequence Nine, The Art Of Making Arguments
     Sequence Ten, Working With Metaphor

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