Against the Current

Against the Current : Readings for Writers

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For freshman writing or composition courses where a reader is used.This thematically arranged anthology offers a wide-ranging and diverse collection of nonfiction readings - to introduce students to an exciting array of social issues relevant to their lives. The consistently accessible and interesting selections - primarily, but not exclusively, American - frequently challenge conventional ideas, ideologies, and values and criticize social practices and institutions. But they do so in a lively, engaging manner that will capture students' interest and encourage them to explore their own thinking and experience in writing.show more

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  • Paperback | 780 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 38.1mm | 952.54g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130979244
  • 9780130979247

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I. GROWING UP AND GROWING OLDER. Introduction. Charlotte Nekola, Good Mothers, Bad Daughters. Tommi Avicolli, He Defies You Still: The Memoirs of a Sissy. Lydia Minatoya, from Talking to High Monks in the Snow: An Asian American Odyssey. Alfred Kazin, The Kitchen. James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son. Leslie Lawrence, The Death of Fred Astaire. Jules Henry, Human Obsolescence. Nancy Mairs, Carnal Acts. II. EDUCATION. Introduction. Jonathan Kozol, from Death at an Early Age. Santha Rama Rau, By Any Other Name. Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Paterson Public Library. Michael Dorris, Trusting the Words. Mike Rose, The Politics of Remediation. Barbara Ehrenreich, Premature Pragmatism. June Jordan, Nobody Mean More to Me Than You and the Future Life of Willie Jordan. III. MASS CULTURE. Introduction. Stuart Ewen and Elizabeth Ewen, In the Shadow of the Image. Jerry Mander, Televison: Audiovisual Training for the Modern World. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., TV's Black World Turns - But Stays Unreal. Benjamin DeMott, Class Struggle in Hollywood. Barbara Ehrenreich, The Wretched of the Hearth. Susan Faludi, Beauty and the Backlash. Lisa Jones, 1-800-WASP. Roland Barthes, Toys. IV. GENDER. Introduction. Susan Brownmiller, Emotion. Audre Lorde, Breast Cancer: Power vs. Prosthesis. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Lalita Mashi. Scott Russell Sanders, The Men We Carry in Our Minds. Dave Barry, Why Sports Is a Drag.Leonard Kriegel, On the Beach at Noordwijk. Susan Brownmiller, Emotion. Richard Rodrigeuz, Huck Finn, Dan Quayle and the Value of Acceptance. Lindsy Van Gelder, Marriage as a Restricted Club. V. RACE AND ETHNICITY. Introduction. Stephen Jay Gould, Racist Arguments and IQ. Anna Quindlen, The Great White Myth. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., from Colored People. Barbara Ehrenreich, Cultural Baggage. Amy Tan, Mother Tongue. Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latina Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria. Michael Parenti, Luigi, Tony, and the Family. Michael Dorris, For Indians, No Thanksgiving. Toni Morrison, A Slow Walk of Trees (as Grandmother Would Say), Hopeless (as Grandfather Would Say). VI. MONEY, WORK, AND SOCIAL CLASS. Introduction. Jamaica Kincaid, from A Small Place. Studs Terkel, Mike LeFevre. Barbara Garson, Whistle While You Work. Jesus Colon, On The Docks It Was Cold. Judy Brady, I Want a Wife. Ellen Goodman, The Company Man. Jerry Mander, Corporations as Machines. VII. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Introduction. Ellen Ullman, Out of Time: Reflections on the Programming Life. Joy Harjo, Three Generations of Native American Women's Birth Experience. William H. Tucker, To Make Nature an Accomplice. Lewis Thomas, The Tucson Zoo. Susan Griffin, His Certainty: How He Rules the Universe. Paul Goodman, A Causerie at the Military-Industrial. Judith Ortiz Cofer, Advanced Biology. Stephen Jay Gould, Moon, Mann, and Otto. VIII. NATURE/THE ENVIRONMENT. Introduction.Joy Williams, Save the Whales, Screw the Shrimp. Barry Commoner, At War with the Planet. Wendell Berry, Mayhem in the Industrial Paradise. Elizabeth Martinez, When People of Color Are an Endangered Species. Susan Griffin, Matter: How We Know. Alice Walker, Am I Blue? Michael Pollan, Why Mow? The Case Against Lawns. Joyce Carol Oates, Against Nature. IX. WAR. Introduction. Paul Fussell, My War. Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, from Farewell to Manzanar. Jonathan Schell, from The Fate of the Earth. Barbara Kingsolver, In the Belly of the Beast. Gloria Emerson, from Winners and Losers. Tim O'Brien, On the Rainy River. June Jordan, On War and War and War and . . . X. PROTEST AND CHANGE. Introduction. Patricia Mainardi, The Politics of Housework. Paul Monette, Mustering. Anne Moody, from Coming of Age in Mississippi. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter From Birmingham Jail. Noam Chomsky, On Resistance. Alice Walker, Journal. Wendell Berry, Think Little. Studs Terkel, Joe Gump, Jean Gump's Husband and #03789-045, a.k.a. Jean Gump. XI. ART AND THE ARTIST. Introduction. Adrienne Rich, How does a poet put bread on the table?" John Edgar Wideman, from Brothers and Keepers. Chang-Rae Lee, The Faintest Echo of Our Language. Barbara Kingsolver, Jabberwocky. John Dos Passos, Architect. Joan Didion, Georgia O'Keeffe. Jimmy Santiago Baca, Past Present. Toni Cade Bambara, A Sort of Preface.show more

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