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Rereading America : Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing,9780312548544

Rereading America : Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing

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Edition:
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9780312548544

ISBN10:
0312548540
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Pub. Date:
4/20/2010
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Bedford/St. Martin's
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I rented this text book for my Comp II and so far it looks to be interesting, rethinking and examining the concept of education in America. It also allows students to explore immediate social, cultural and political issues that are close to their lives with its refreshingly original and fun readings. This text brings in multiple perspectives from margins of the society that deserve to be heard and discussed.






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Summary

Rereading America remains the most widely adopted book of its kind because of its unique approach to the issue of cultural diversity. Unlike other multicultural composition readers that settle for representing the plurality of American voices and cultures, Rereading America encourages students to grapple with the real differences in perspectives that arise in our complex society. Selections model writing from a wide variety of disciplines and genres, and each chapter features a selection that explores how the media sells the myth in question.

With extensive editorial apparatus that puts readings from the mainstream into conversation with readings from the margins, Rereading America provokes students to explore the foundations and contradictions of our dominant cultural myths.

"The material is current and thought-provoking, thereby inspiring lively class discussion."-Carolyn E. Rubin-Trimble, University of HoustonóDowntown

Author Biography

Gary Colombo is professor of English at Los Angeles City College. He has published Mind Readings: An Anthology for Writers (2002), and with Bonnie Lisle and Sandra Mano, Frame Work: Culture, Storytelling and College Writing (1997), both for Bedford/St. Martins.

Robert Cullen is professor of English at San Jose State University. He supervises Teaching Associates in the university’s lower-division writing sequence and has taught a wide range of courses in American literature, American Studies, composition, and pedagogy.

Bonnie Lisle teaches in the UCLA Writing Programs. With Gary Colombo and Sandra Mano she is the author of Frame Work: Culture, Storytelling and College Writing (Bedford/St. Martins, 1997).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Harmony at Home: The Myth of the Model Family
 
A Family Tree, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear
Norman Rockwell
 
Looking for Work
Gary Soto
 
What We Really Miss About the 1950s
Stephanie Coontz
 
Aunt Ida Pieces a Quilt
Melvin Dixon
 
An Indian Story
Roger Jack
 
*The Color of Family Ties: Race, Class, Gender, and Extended Family Involvement
Naomi Gerstel and Natalia Sarkisian
 
Visual Portfolio
Reading Images of American Families
 
*Proposition 8: The California Marriage Protection Act
 
*8 Is Not Hate: The Meaning of a Proposition
Jennifer Roback Morse
 
*Proposition 8 Hurt My Family - Ask Me How
Marriage Equality USA
 
What Is Marriage?
Evan Wolfson
 
*My Big Fat Straight Wedding
Andrew Sullivan
 
 
Chapter 2: Learning Power: The Myth of Education and Empowerment  
 
From Report of the Massachusetts Board of Education, 1848
Horace Mann
 
Idiot Nation
Michael Moore
 
Against School
John Taylor Gatto
 
"I Just Wanna Be Average"
Mike Rose
 
From Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work
Jean Anyon
 
Visual Portfolio
Reading Images of Education and Empowerment
 
The Achievement of Desire
Richard Rodriguez
 
Para Teresa
Inés Hernández-Ávila
 
Learning to Read
Malcolm X
 
Still Separate, Still Unequal
Jonathan Kozol
 
*In the Basement of the Ivory Tower
Professor X
 
 
Chapter 3: Money and Success: The Myth of Individual Opportunity
 
From Ragged Dick
Horatio Alger
 
The Lesson
Toni Cade Bambara
 
Horatio Alger
Harlon L. Dalton
 
*Living It: Tim Blixseth
Robert Frank
 
Serving in Florida
Barbara Ehrenreich
 
*Class in America – 2006
Gregory Mantsios
 
Visual Portfolio
Reading Images of Individual Opportunity
 
Framing Class, Vicarious Living, and Conspicuous Consumption [Media Selection]
Diana Kendall
 
*From The Missing Class
Katherine S. Newman and Victor Tan Chen
 
*Tent City, USA
Maria L. LaGranga
 
*From America’s New Working Class
Kathleen R. Arnold
 
Stephen Cruz
Studs Terkel
 
 
Chapter 4: Created Equal: The Myth of the Melting Pot  
 
From Notes on the State of Virginia
Thomas Jefferson 
 
Causes of Prejudice
Vincent N. Parrillo
 
C.P. Ellis
Studs Terkel
 
*School
James McBride
 
*Loot or Find:  Fact or Frame? [Media Selection]
Cheryl I. Harris and Devon W. Carbado
 
Visual Portfolio
Reading Images of The Melting Pot
 
Models of American Ethnic Relations:  A Historical Perspective 
George M. Fredrickson
 
Assimilation
Sherman Alexie
 
*Deconstructing America
Patrick J. Buchanan
 
The Crossing
Rubén Martínez
 
*The End of White America? [Media Selection]
Hua Hsu
 
Child of the Americas
Aurora Levins Morales
 
 
Chapter 5: True Women and Real Men: Myths of Gender  
 
How the Americans Understand the Equality of the Sexes
Alexis de Tocqueville
 
Girl
Jamaica Kincaid
 
Becoming Members of Society:  Learning the Social Meanings of Gender
Aaron H. Devor
 
The Story of My Body
Judith Ortiz Cofer
 
"Two ways a Woman Can Get Hurt":  Advertising and Violence [Media Selection]
Jean Kilbourne
 
From Fly-Girls to Bitches and Hos [Media Selection]
Joan Morgan
 
Visual Portfolio
Reading Images of Gender
 
*"Bros Before Hos":  The Guy Code
Michael Kimmel
 
*The Descent of Men
Dan Kindlon
 
*The Death of Macho
Reihan Salam
 
*A Boy's Life
Hanna Rosin
 
 
Chapter 6: This Land is Your Land: American Myths of Nature
 
*From Walking
Henry David Thoreau
 
*From An American Childhood
Annie Dillard
 
*Climbing the Tree of Health
Richard Louv
 
*The Artifice of the Natural [Media Selection]
Charles Siebert
 
*From As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial
Derek Jensen & Stephanie McMillan
 
*The End of Nature
Bill McKibben
 
*Visual Portfolio
Reading Images of Nature
 
*Save the Whales, Screw the Shrimp
Joy Williams
 
*Moving Heaven and Earth
Graeme Wood
 
*In Search of Justice
Nydia M.Velasquez
 
*Talking to the Owls and Butterflies
John (Fire) Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes
 
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