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THE NEW HUMANITIES READER presents 25 challenging and important essays from diverse fields that address current global issues. This cross-disciplinary anthology helps readers attain the analytical skills necessary to become informed citizens. Ideas and research from wide-ranging sources provide opportunities for students to synthesize materials and formulate their own ideas and solutions. The thought-provoking selections engage and encourage students to make connections for themselves as they think, read, and write about the events that are likely to shape their lives. The fifth edition includes nearly 50 percent new selections, which continue to make this text current, globally oriented, interdisciplinary, and probing. Each student text is packaged with a free Cengage Essential Reference Card to the MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition.
- To provide students with quick and easy access to the latest changes in MLA style, The Cengage Essential Reference Card to the MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition, is packaged free with each student text.
- Nearly 50 percent of the readings are new to this edition. New readings include selections from important thinkers writing on a variety of contemporary issues across the disciplines.
- The 25 essays in this volume ask students to engage in the most pressing problems of the times-problems that resist easy answers and need to be explored in ways that move across the boundaries separated by the disciplines. By engaging in these essays and the conversations they stimulate, students become better prepared for upper-level courses.
- Renowned thinkers and writers Susan Faludi, Malcolm Gladwell, Steven Johnson, Jonathan Lethem, Azar Nafisi, Oliver Sacks, Sherry Turkle, and others introduce students to some of the foundational questions they will face as they move through the curriculum and make decisions about how they will affect the world.
- The fifth edition of THE NEW HUMANITIES READER helps students read and write about the complex essays collected here. In focus groups, students said that they begin the course without many strategies for processing complex ideas and information and without understanding how to create a space for their own ideas in the conversations these essays begin or continue. In addition to the three types of questions that follow each reading, the Introduction gives an overview of the “how” as well as the “why” of writing synthesis essays.
- Sequenced Assignments offer prompts of different lengths and involve different numbers of essays to give you maximum flexibility in designing your course. Along with the thematic table of contents, these assignment sequences suggest a variety of ways to consider the interconnections among the essays.
Reading and Writing About the New Humanities.
Karen Armstrong, Homo religiosus.
Leslie C. Bell, The Paradox of Sexual Freedom.
Nicholas Carr, Is Google Making Us Stupid?
Cathy N. Davidson, Project Classroom Makeover.
Susan Faludi, The Naked Citadel.
Barbara L. Fredrickson, Love, Our Supreme Emotion.
Daniel Gilbert, Immune to Reality.
Malcolm Gladwell, The Power of Context: Bernie Goetz and the Rise and Fall of New York City Crime.
Karen Ho, Anthropology Goes to Wall Street.
Steven Johnson, The Myth of the Ant Queen.
Jonathan Lethem, The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism.
Beth Loffreda, Selections from Losing Matt Shepard: Life and Politics in the Aftermath of Anti-Gay Murder.
Bill McKibben, Global Warming's Terrifying New Math.
Michael Moss, The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food.
Azar Nafisi, Selections from Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books.
Maggie Nelson, Styles of Imprisonment.
Tim O'Brien, How to Tell a True War Story.
Jesse J. Prinz, Gender and Geometry.
Oliver Sacks, The Mind's Eye: What the Blind See.
Charles Siebert, An Elephant Crackup?
Andrew Solomon, Son.
Joseph E. Stiglitz, Rent Seeking and the Making of an Unequal Society.
Martha Stout, When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It Was Friday.
Sherry Turkle, Nearest Neighbors.
Jean Twenge, An Army of One: Me.
Ethan Watters, The Mega-Marketing of Depression in Japan.
Tim Wu, Father and Son.
Eight Sample Assignment Sequences.
Author and Title Index.
THE NEW HUMANITIES READER “teaches critical thinking by encouraging students to enter the academic dialogue. It is reader-friendly, meeting students on a level they can reach, yet it also challenges them to think beyond ways they've become accustomed to thinking.”
THE NEW HUMANITIES READER encourages “authentic, rigorous, and rewarding intellectual inquiry that will help students to develop helpful and relevant dispositions across professional discourse communities.”
Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.
Available for easy download from the companion website, the password-protected Online Instructor's Resource Manual helps you prepare for class more quickly and effectively with resources such as discussion suggestions and suggested answers for the text readings.