9781319195618

The Brief Bedford Reader

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    9781319195618

  • ISBN10:

    131919561X

  • Edition: 14th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-10-03
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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The first Bedford title ever published, The Brief Bedford Reader continues to make its mark. One of the most popular composition readers on the market, it combines timeless readings with the leading voices of our time. It takes a practical and flexible approach to the rhetorical methods, focusing on their uses in varied writing situations. The unique “Writers on Writing” feature connects reflections from professional writers with point-of-need advice for student writers, and the Kennedys' proven approach to instruction helps students connect critical reading to academic writing. The fourteenth edition has been thoroughly revised with engaging new readings by remarkable and diverse writers, a stronger foundation in reading and writing, and new graphic organizers to visually outline how to use each method.

Table of Contents

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PREFACE FOR INSTRUCTORS


CONTENTS BY THEME AND DISCIPLINE


HOW (AND WHY) TO USE THIS BOOK


THE SELECTIONS


THE METHODS OF DEVELOPMENT


THE PRACTICAL GUIDANCE


THE WRITERS ON WRITING


 



PART ONE


ACADEMIC READING AND WRITING



1  CRITICAL READING: Learning from Other Writers


READING ACTIVELY


NANCY MAIRS Disability (annotated essay)


DEVELOPING AN UNDERSTANDING


Checklist for critical reading


ANALYZING WRITTEN WORKS


Questions for analyzing a written work


EXAMINING VISUAL IMAGES


Questions for examining an image


Visual Image: Man Fishing by A Power Plant, photograph By Robin Nelson


2  THE WRITING PROCESS: Discovery and Drafting


ASSESSING THE WRITING SITUATION


DISCOVERING IDEAS


DRAFTING


A STUDENT ESSAY-IN-PROGRESS


3  THE WRITING PROCESS: Reviewing and Revising


*REVIEWING A DRAFT


REVISING IN STAGES


*Questions for peer review and revision


INTEGRATING EVIDENCE


A STUDENT ESSAY-IN-PROGRESS


4  THE WRITING PROCESS: Editing


USING EFFECTIVE LANGUAGE


Questions for editing


CRAFTING CLEAR AND ENGAGING SENTENCES


FIXING COMMON ERRORS


A STUDENT ESSAY-IN-PROGRESS


ROSIE ANAYA Mental Illness on Television (annotated student essay)



 



PART TWO


THE METHODS


5  NARRATION: Telling a Story


Visual Image: Proposal, drawing by Demetri Martin


THE METHOD


THE PROCESS


Focus on verbs


*How to organize a narrative


Checklist for reviewing and revising a narrative


EMBARRASSMENT


AMY TAN Fish Cheeks


NAOMI SHIHAB NYE Museum


Naomi Shihab Nye on Writing


JONATHAN BETHARDS Code Three (student essay)


MAYA ANGELOU Champion of the World


Maya Angelou on Writing


ADDITIONAL WRITING TOPICS


6  DESCRIPTION: Writing with Your Senses


*Visual Image: Under the Passaic Falls, photograph by Todd R. Darling


THE METHOD


THE PROCESS


*How to organize a description


Focus on specific and concrete language


Checklist for reviewing and revising a description


*FATHERS


BRAD MANNING Arm Wrestling with My Father (student essay)


Brad Manning on Writing


*SCAACHI KOUL Impatiently Waiting for the Horror of Death


*Scaachi Koul on Writing


*SHONDA RHIMES My Summer of Scooping Ice Cream


N. SCOTT MOMADAY The Way to Rainy Mountain


ADDITIONAL WRITING TOPICS


7  EXAMPLE: Pointing to Instances


*Visual Image: Costumes to Scare Millennials, cartoon by Sarah Andersen


THE METHOD


THE PROCESS


Focus on sentence variety


*How to organize examples


Checklist for reviewing and revising an example essay


MISPERCEPTIONS


BRENT STAPLES Black Men and Public Space


Brent Staples on Writing


ISSA RAE The Struggle


ANNA QUINDLEN Homeless


Anna Quindlen on Writing


*ZANE RASSLER Looking Back (student essay)


*Zane Rassler on Writing


ADDITIONAL WRITING TOPICS


8  COMPARISON AND CONTRAST: Setting Things Side by Side


Visual Image: Excerpt from Fun Home, graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel


THE METHOD


THE PROCESS


*How to organize a comparison-and-contrast essay


Checklist for reviewing and revising a comparison-and-contrast essay


Focus on parallelism


*ENDANGERED SPECIES


*JOURDAN IMANI KEITH At Risk


*Jourdan Imani Keith on Writing


*TED CHIANG The Great Silence (short story)


*Visual Images: from The Great Silence, video installation by Allora & Calzadilla


*CAITLIN McDOUGALL So Enid and Dorothy from West Covina Can Hear You (student essay)


*Caitlin McDougall on Writing


DAVID SEDARIS Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa


ADDITIONAL WRITING TOPICS



9  PROCESS ANALYSIS: Explaining Step by Step


Visual Image: Workers Making Dolls, photograph by Wally McNamee


THE METHOD


THE PROCESS


*How to organize a process analysis


Checklist for reviewing and revising a process analysis


Focus on consistency


WRITING


ANNE LAMOTT Shitty First Drafts


KOJI FRAHM How to Write an A Paper (student essay)


Koji Frahm on Writing


FIROOZEH DUMAS Sweet, Sour, and Resentful


Firoozeh Dumas on Writing


JESSICA MITFORD Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain


ADDITIONAL WRITING TOPICS


10  DIVISION OR ANALYSIS: Slicing into Parts


Visual Image: Deconstructing Lunch, cartoon by Roz Chast


THE METHOD


THE PROCESS


*How to organize a division or analysis essay


Focus on paragraph coherence


Checklist for reviewing and revising a division or analysis essay


*SPORTS AND LEISURE


*PAUL THEROUX Football Matters


*Paul Theroux on Writing


*ZADIE SMITH Find Your Beach


*Visual Image: Find Your Beach, advertisement by Corona


*Zadie Smith on Writing


Laila Ayad The Capricious Camera (documented student essay)


Visual Image: Mounted Nazi Troops on the Lookout for Likely Polish Children, photograph


ADDITIONAL WRITING TOPICS


11  CLASSIFICATION: Sorting into Kinds


Visual Image: How the Poor, the Middle Class, and the Rich Spend Their Money, table by National Public Radio


THE METHOD


THE PROCESS


Focus on paragraph development


*How to organize a classification


Checklist for reviewing and revising a classification


*LEO BRAUDY Where Our Monsters Come From


FAILURES TO COMMUNICATE


DEBORAH TANNEN But What Do You Mean?


Deborah Tannen on Writing


WILLIAM LUTZ The World of Doublespeak


William Lutz on Writing


ADDITIONAL WRITING TOPICS


12  CAUSE AND EFFECT: Asking Why


Visual Image: Wild Weather, bar graph by National Geographic


THE METHOD


THE PROCESS


*How to organize a cause-and-effect analysis


Focus on clarity and conciseness


Checklist for reviewing and revising a cause-and-effect essay


*BEN HEALY Gossip Is Good


*DEREK THOMPSON What Makes Things Cool


*Visual Image: Raymond Loewy, illustration by Mark Weaver, with photographs by Bernard Hoffman, Jack Garofalo, and Sherman Oaks Antique Mall


GLOBALIZATION


CHITRA DIVAKARUNI Live Free and Starve


Chitra Divakaruni on Writing


MARIE JAVDANI Plata o Plomo: Silver or Lead (documented student essay)


Marie Javdani on Writing


ADDITIONAL WRITING TOPICS


13  DEFINITION: Tracing Boundaries


*Visual Image: This Expedition Called Life, advertisement by Outward Bound


THE METHOD


THE PROCESS


*How to organize a definition


Focus on unity


Checklist for reviewing and revising a definition


PRIVILEGE


TAL FORTGANG Checking My Privilege (student essay)


Tal Fortgang on Writing


ROXANE GAY Peculiar Benefits


Roxane Gay on Writing


AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS How to Identify Love by Knowing What It’s Not


ADDITIONAL WRITING TOPICS


14  ARGUMENT AND PERSUASION: Stating Opinions and Proposals


Visual Image: Corporate America Flag, image from Adbusters Media Foundation


THE METHOD


Focus on tone


THE PROCESS


*How to organize an argument


Checklist for reviewing and revising argument and persuasion


LINDA CHAVEZ Supporting Family Values (annotated essay)


Linda Chavez on Writing



*IS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT MORALLY DEFENSIBLE?


*DAVID B. MUHLHAUSEN How the Death Penalty Saves Lives


*SEMON FRANK THOMPSON What I Learned from Executing Two Men


*SHOULD COLLEGES OFFER SAFE SPACES FOR STUDENTS?


*DAWN LUNDY MARTIN Weary Oracle


*Dawn Lundy Martin on Writing


*THOMAS CHATTERTON WILLIAMS Blanket Security


*Thomas Chatterton Williams on Writing


*SARAH HEMPHILL What Happened to Free Speech on College Campuses? (documented student essay)


*Sarah Hemphill on Writing


ADDITIONAL WRITING TOPICS



 



PART THREE


MIXING THE METHODS



JOAN DIDION Earthquakes (annotated essay)


Joan Didion on Writing


*REBECCA SOLNIT Division Street


*Visual Images: from Division Street, photographs by Robert Gumpert


TRANSCENDENTALISM


HENRY DAVID THOREAU What I Lived For


*Henry David Thoreau on Writing


LUIS ALBERTO URREA Barrio Walden


Luis Alberto Urrea on Writing


E. B. WHITE Once More to the Lake




APPENDIX: RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION


CONDUCTING RESEARCH


Questions for evaluating sources


WRITING WITH SOURCES


SOURCE CITATION USING MLA STYLE


MARGARET LUNDBERG Eating Green (annotated student essay)


SOURCE CITATION USING APA STYLE


ERIC KIM The Brain that Changes (annotated student essay)


GLOSSARY OF USEFUL TERMS


DIRECTORY TO THE WRITERS ON WRITING


INDEX

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