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This best-selling collection of readings explores the theme of dreams, the imagination, and the reasoning mind. Supporting a creative approach to the teaching of writing, Dreams and Inward Journeyspresents a rich mixture of personal and academic essays, stories, and poems. The readings touch on such topics as memory, myths and fairy tales, obsessions, sexuality, gender roles, technology, popular culture, nature, and spirituality. Readings encourage the investigation of new ways of seeing and understanding self  and the relationship to important social issues and universal human concerns. Featuring a dual thematic and rhetorical organization, each chapter also provides practical writing advice on a specific rhetorical pattern, a range of writing assignments, and sample papers. Beautiful, stimulating art opens each chapter to support the theme and provide prompts for prewriting.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Writing and Reading

A Process View of Writing and Reading

The Reading Process

    Stephen King, “The Symbolic Language of Dreams”

    Prereading/Early Reading         

    Personal and Interpretive Response      

        Example of student response to King

    Critical and Evaluative Response          

        Example of Student  response to King

The Writing Process and Self-Discovery

Stages of the Writing Process   

    Strategies for Prewriting


    Student essay: Leigh Haldeman, “Response to Mary Pipher’s ‘Saplings in the Storm’”

    Revising,  and Final Draft         

Partnership/ Peer Sharing         


Chapter 2: Journeys and Reflections (Description and Reflection)

Thematic Introduction  

Writing Descriptions    


    Words and Images      

    Revising Initial Descriptions      

    Establishing Vantage Point and Tone    

    Thinking About Your Purpose and Audience    

Walt Whitman, From “Song of the Open Road” (poem)

Donovan Webster, “Inside the Volcano”

Andrew Pham, “Viet-Kieu”

Kavita Sreedhar, “Travelling Home” (student essay)

Francine Prose, “Confessions of a Ritual Tourist”

Jane Goodall, “In the Forests of Gombe”

Nadiv Rahman, “On the Bridge” (student essay)

Topics for Research and Writing          


Chapter 3: Journeys in Memory (Narrative)

Thematic Introduction

Narration, Memory, and Self-Awareness         

    Making Associations    

    Focusing and Concentration: The Inner Screen 

    Dialogue and Characters          

    Main Idea or Dominant Impression      

    Drafting and Shaping the Narrative       

    Revising the Narrative: Point of View, Transition, and Style              

Patricia Hampl, “Memory and Imagination”

bell hooks, “Writing Autobiography”

Sandra Cisneros, “Monkey Garden”

Saira Shah, “The Storyteller’s Daughter”

Melissa Burns, “The Best Seat in the House” (student essay)

Michael Ventura, “The Peril of Memory”

Rachel Naomi Remen, “Remembering”

Topics for Research and Writing


Chapter 4: Dreams, Myths, and Fairy Tales (Comparison)   

Thematic Introduction  

Comparing and Contrasting: Strategies for Thinking and Writing

    Prewriting for Comparison       

    Outlining and Transition, Evaluation      

Jorge Luis Borges, “The Circular Ruins”

Joseph Campbell, “The Four Functions of Mythology” 

Marcelo Gleiser, “The Myths of Science—Creation”    

Portfolio of Creation Myths:     

    From the Rig Veda

    “Genesis 1 and 2”

    “The Chameleon Finds” (Yao-Bantu, African)  

    "The Making of the World" (Huron)

    “Spider Woman Creates the Humans” (Hopi, Native American)

    “The Beginning of the World” (Japanese)

    Joshua Groban, “Two Myths” (student essay)  

    Lan Samantha Chang, “Water Names"

Four Versions of Cinderella:    

    The Brothers Grimm, “Aschenputtel” (German)

    “The  Twelve  Months” (Slavic)

    “The Algonquin Cinderella” (Native American)

    “Tam and Cam” (Vietnamese)

Topics for Research and Writing


Chapter 5: Obsessions and Transformation (Definition)     

Thematic Introduction  

Definition: Word Boundaries of the Self

    Public Meanings and Formal Definition 

    Stipulative and Personal Definitions


W.S. Merwin, “Fog-Horn” (poem)      

Andrew Solomon, “Depression”          

Anne Lamott, “Hunger”           

Sharon Slayton, “The Good Girl” (student essay)          

Daniel King, Paul Delfabbro,  and  Mark Griffiths  “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Video Game Players”

Mary Sykes Wylie, “Sleepless in America:  Making it Through the  Night in a Wired World” Marc Ian Barasch, “What Is a Healing Dream?”    

Topics for Research and Writing          


Chapter 6: Journeys in Gender and Relationships (Causal Analysis) 

Thematic Introduction  

Causality and the Inward Journey         

    Observing and Collecting Information   

    Causal Logical Fallacies           

Pablo Neruda, “The Dream” (poem)    

Sigmund Freud, “Erotic Wishes and Dreams”   

Virginia Woolf, “Professions for Women”         

Mary Pipher, “Saplings in the Storm”   

Leigh  Haldeman, “A Response to ‘Saplings in the Storm’”

Michael Kimmel, “A War Against Boys”

David Sedaris, “I Like Guys”

Topics for Research and Writing          


Chapter 7: The Double / The Other (Argument and Dialogue) 

Thematic Introduction  

Argument and Dialogue

    Traditional Argument   

    Dialogic Argument       

    Dialogue and Prewriting           

    Prewriting and the Audience     

    Defining Key Terms     

    Evaluating Facts           

    Feelings in Argument    

Judith Ortiz Cofer, “The Other” (poem)

Connie Zweig and Jeremiah Abrahms,  “The Shadow Side of   Everyday Life”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Sara Colvin, "Lady Gaga as Monster" (student essay)

Fran Peavey (with Myrna Levy and Charles Varon), “Us and Them”   

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, “No Future Without Forgiveness”         

Jessica Rubenstein, “Coed Schools Help Students Excel” (student essay)         

Topics for Research and Writing          


Chapter 8: Pop Dreams (Research)     

Thematic Introduction  

Research Writing         

    Finding a Topic

    Timetable and Process 

    Your Voice and the Voices of Your Sources    

    Purpose and Structure 

    Language and Style      

    The Computer as a Research Partner   

Juliet B. Schor, “Decommercialization of Childhood”    

Henry Jenkins, “Education, Media, and Violence”        

Lawrence C. Rubin, “Merchandising Madness

Rob Walker, “Click ”

Steven Johnson, “How Twitter will Change the World in Which We  Live”

Jonathan Cusick, “Do Benefit Concerts Affect Political Decisions?”      

Anne Ritchie, “Creativity, Drugs, and Rock ’n’ Roll” (student essay)     

Topics for Research and Writing          


Chapter 9: Voyages in Spirituality (Creativity)

Thematic Introduction  

Creativity, Problem Solving, and Synthesis       

    Habit Versus Risk        

    Reason Versus Intuition           

    Developing Self-Confidence: Learning to Trust Your Own Processes    

    Evaluation and Application       


Donna Lovong, “Are You Joining a Cult?”       

Norman Yeung Bik Chung, “A Faithful Taoist” (student essay) 

Chris Gill,  James Rotondi, and Jas Obrecht, “Within You, Without  You: The Guitarist’s Search for Spiritual Meaning”

Jessie van Eerden, “The Soul Has Six Wings”   

Natalie Goldberg, “On the Shores of Lake Biwa”         

Noah Levine, “Death Is Not the End My Friend”         

Martin Luther King, Jr., “A Christmas Sermon on Peace”         

Topics for Research and Writing          

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