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Fields of Reading : Motives for Writing

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ISBN-10: 0312404719

ISBN-13: 9780312404710

Edition: 7th 2004

Authors: Nancy R. Comley, David Hamilton, Carl H. Klaus, Robert Scholes, Nancy Sommers

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This volume exposes beginning students to some of the best voices from modern intellectual life with a collection of beautifully crafted essays from across the disciplines. The intro. features an essay, "Why We Write," in which Hampl reflects on her own writing process, showing students that even accomplished writers face many of the same challenges that student writers encounter in college assignments. The selections are arranged by topic: values and beliefs; cultures in collision and contact; race and racism; the experience of women; interpreting the body; violence and war; life and death; observing animals; understanding the physical world; human portraits; teaching, learning, and…    
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Book details

Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 11/3/2003
Binding: Perfect 
Pages: 798
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.200
Language: English

Robert Scholes is Research Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. He is the author of many books of literary theory.

Prefacep. v
Thematic Contentsp. xvii
For Studentsp. xxv
Introductionp. 1
From Reading to Writingp. 1
Writing as Conversationp. 2
Modes of Writing and Thinkingp. 3
The Modes as a Continuump. 3
Reflectingp. 4
Reportingp. 8
Explainingp. 15
Arguingp. 23
Writing across the Curriculump. 31
Rereading and Rewritingp. 33
Using and Acknowledging Sourcesp. 35
Arts and Humanities
Reflecting in the Arts and Humanitiesp. 43
Graduationp. 43
Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Selfp. 54
Mirrorsp. 62
Learning to Read and Writep. 74
Mother Tonguep. 80
Unspeakable Conversationsp. 86
The Work of Mourningp. 104
Don Ysidro (fiction)p. 113
Reporting in the Arts and Humanitiesp. 117
At Home, at School, in Hidingp. 117
A New Kind of Warp. 127
Hatsuyo Nakamurap. 133
The Long Good-bye: Mother's Day in Federal Prisonp. 141
Teaching Literature at the County Jailp. 150
Labor Day Hurricane, 1935 (fiction)p. 158
Problems of Art (fiction)p. 176
Explaining in the Arts and Humanitiesp. 190
On Keeping a Notebookp. 190
Memorywork (fiction)p. 198
Urban Legends: "The Boyfriend's Death"p. 209
What High School Isp. 219
Your Face in Lights: The Secrets of Cinematographyp. 230
The Cavep. 241
Blockedp. 247
Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian Perspectivep. 260
Arguing in the Arts and Humanitiesp. 268
Hiroshimap. 268
If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?p. 276
Politics and the English Languagep. 280
Why We Hate Teachersp. 292
Watching TV Makes You Smarterp. 301
Something Borrowedp. 313
Social Sciences and Public Affairs
Reflecting in the Social Sciences and Public Affairsp. 329
The Way to Rainy Mountainp. 329
The Story of My Bodyp. 336
Pilgrimage to Nonviolencep. 346
Shooting an Elephantp. 354
Tools of Torture: An Essay on Beauty and Painp. 361
What Did You Do in the War, Grandma? A Flashback to August 1945p. 366
Reporting in the Social Sciences and Public Affairsp. 375
"This Is the End of the World": The Black Deathp. 375
Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki Told by Flight Memberp. 387
First Observationsp. 395
The Nature Faker (fiction)p. 405
U.S. Attacked: Hijacked Jets Destroy Twin Towers and Hit Pentagon in Day of Terrorp. 415
Edgy First College Assignment: Study the Koranp. 424
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in Americap. 429
Explaining in the Social Sciences and Public Affairsp. 443
The Futile Pursuit of Happinessp. 443
Some Conditions of Obedience and Disobedience to Authorityp. 453
On the Fear of Deathp. 479
Nonverbal Courtship Patterns in Women: Context and Consequencesp. 486
Zeno and the Distance between Us (fiction)p. 504
Inside Dopep. 511
The Naked Facep. 519
I'm Right, You're Wrong, Go to Hellp. 536
Arguing in the Social Sciences and Public Affairsp. 545
A Modest Proposalp. 545
The Declaration of Independencep. 554
Letter from Birmingham Jailp. 559
Sifting the Ashesp. 574
Isn't Marriage for Procreation?p. 588
Fools' Paradisep. 596
Sciences and Technologies
Reflecting in the Sciences and Technologiesp. 605
A Mask on the Face of Deathp. 605
Close Encounter of the Human Kindp. 616
Can We Know the Universe? Reflections on a Grain of Saltp. 620
Memoria ex Machinap. 626
Designp. 632
Reporting in the Sciences and Technologiesp. 634
A Delicate Operationp. 634
A Delicate Balance Is Undone in a Flash, and a Battered City Waitsp. 638
Joey: A "Mechanical Boy"p. 657
Why McDonald's Fries Taste So Goodp. 669
Fun with Physicsp. 680
The Other Stem-Cell Debatep. 692
Explaining in the Sciences and Technologiesp. 703
Why the Sky Is Bluep. 703
Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fallp. 706
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hatp. 711
Our Picture of the Universep. 724
Natural-Born Liarsp. 734
Life Is a Narrativep. 746
Arguing in the Sciences and Technologiesp. 754
The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Rolesp. 754
Women's Brainsp. 771
A Designer Universe?p. 778
Show Me the Sciencep. 787
The Case against Perfectionp. 793
Acknowledgmentsp. 810
Rhetorical Indexp. 815
Author and Title Indexp. 819
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