Beyond Words : Reading and Writing in a Visual Age

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  • Copyright: 2006-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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Beyond Words is a highly visual, thematically-organized reader intended for use in introductory composition courses. With 350 images and over 70 readings, Beyond Words offers a rich environment in which students can learn strategies for reading and responding to both verbal and visual texts and practice informative, analytical, and persuasive writing . With more writing process instruction than similar texts, Beyond Words is the most accessible and teachable visual reader available today. The topics of its chapters and readings resonate with many of the most popular themes taught in composition courses: identity, place, storytelling, news and media, consumer culture, information technology, advertising, health and fitness, public memorials. The end-of chapter "Assignment and Projects" sections offer uniquely in-depth and detailed assignments, while also providing unique student samples. Writing assignments begin with informative writing, move to analytical writing, and conclude with persuasive writing. The opening chapters present an overview of critical reading and writing strategies in language that completely avoids jargon and composition terminology in favor of a transparent and common-sense style that students will appreciate and enjoy.

Table of Contents

Understanding How We Read and Write Today
Looking at the History of Words and Images
A Guided Tour of Beyond Words
Paying Attention: Reading Texts
Reading Texts
What do you see?
What is it about?
To what does it relate?
How is it composed?
What details matter?
Getting Attention: Composing Texts
Composing Texts
What's it to you?
What do you want to say about it?
Who will listen?
What do you need to know?
How will you do it?
How well does it work?
Picturing Ourselves: Writing to Express Identities
Introduction Reading Portrait?
What do you see?
Painting: Van Gogh, Self-Portrait
Memoir: N. Scott Momaday, from The Way to Rainy Mountain
What is it about? Photos: Average American Family
Edward Steichen, "Greta Garbo"
Walker Evans, "Hale County Alabama"
Harry Benson, Jubilant Clay 8?
To what does it relate?
Paintings: Albrecht Durer, self-portraits
Dorothea Lange, Drought Refugees from Oklahom?
How is it composed?
Photo: Dorothea Lange, "Migrant Mother"
Poem: Billy Collins, "Embrace"
What details matter?
Magazine cover: Wired, The New Face of the Silicon Age
Photo: Man Ray, Black and White?
American Icons
Photos: Edward S. Curtis, White Duck and A Navaho
Gertrude Kasebier, "Zitkala-Sa"
Fiction: Sherman Alexie, "I Hated Tonto (Still Do)"
Poem: Luci Tapahanso, "It Has Always Been This Way"
Photos: Richard Ray Whitman, Man's Best Friend!
Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, Damn!
Photos: Richard Albert Allard, Henry Gray, Arizona, 1972
Coles Hairston, 6666 Ranch in Texas-Song lyrics: Willie Nelson with Waylon Jennings, Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboy?
Painting: Bernard Williams
Sergeant Buffalo
Struggling for Self-Expression
Installation: Zoe Leonard, from Mouth Open, Teeth Showing
Essay: Susan Bordo, "The Empire of Images in Our World of Bodies"
Essay: Alison Stateman, "Postcards from the Edge"
Photo essay: Jim Goldberg, from Raised by Wolves
Fashioning Identities
Essay: Josie Appleton, "The Body Piercing Project"
Photos: Bruce Davidson, Worcester Fire Department. Steve McCurry, Ramlila Pageant Participant and Los Angeles 1991"
Essay: Alice Walker, "Dreads: It Must Be Like the Mating of Lions"
Photo: Denis O'Regan, Bob Marley
Francesco Mastalia and Alfonse Pagano, from Dreads
Essay: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., "In the Kitchen"
Photo Montage: On the Cover of Rolling Stone
Assignments and Projects
Project 1: Composing and Identity Collag
Student Project: Peter Anderson, Identity Collage
Project 2: Researching and Profiling a Person
Student Project: Billy Smith, "Gordon Parks"
Interlude 1: Henriata Nicholas
Uhi Ta Moko: Designs Carved in Skin
Seeing Places: Writing to Describe Landscapes and Environments
Introduction.Reading Landscapes and Environments
What do you see?
Photos: David Muench, "The Grand Canyon"
Airstream Trailer at the Grand Canyon
The Milwaukee Museum of Art
Melissa Ann Pinney, "Disney World, Orlando, Florida"
What is it about?
Photos: Alice Attie, from Harlem in Transition
To what does it relate?
Paintings: Vincent Van Gogh,<$$$>
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