Higher Education

The Thomson Reader: Conversations in Context, 1st Edition

  • Robert P. Yagelski State University of New York, Albany
  • ISBN-10: 1413013600  |  ISBN-13: 9781413013603
  • 800 Pages
  • © 2007 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $105.75



Grounded in the belief that reading and writing always occur in context, THE THOMSON READER helps student writers improve their critical reading and writing skills by teaching them the value of contextual awareness. This first-ever, full color thematic reader teaches students to employ audience-centered writing strategies as they explore ongoing conversations about cultural, academic, political, and personal ideologies. THE THOMSON READER also provides students with a fully-integrated library, containing over 300 traditional, image, audio, and video "texts" that teaches them how to recognize, assess, and manage the rhetorical situations of a variety of engaging themes-regardless of the medium, or context.

Features and Benefits

  • The first full-color thematic reader, THE THOMSON READER also offers the Comp21 CD-ROM�an interactive library, containing more than 300 integrated text, audio, video and image selections from which you and your students may choose. Comp21 CD-ROM is packaged for no additional cost with new copies of this text.
  • The text's groundbreaking marginalia program provides students with the historical, political, and thematic contextual information necessary to understanding the readings and themes.
  • Extensive glosses provide students with explanations of key concepts and terms, as well as historical and biographical information relating to the reading selection.
  • "Visual Connections" boxes incorporate a variety of images students can use to examine the context of a selection.
  • "Conversations" boxes examine how each reading selection relates to other readings in the book.
  • Flexible and contemporary, THE THOMSON READER features eight broad thematic conversations divided into three specific points of inquiry or clusters.
  • The first rhetorical reader to explore theme-making as an activity, Chapters 1 and 3 help students learn to assess rhetorical situations and employ audience-centered writing strategies as they learn to find and enter a thematic conversation, ask interesting questions, and turn their points of inquiry into their own themes.
  • "Creating Themes" activities at the end of each thematic chapter gives students the opportunity to create their own thematic clusters using text and visuals.
  • Chapter 2, "Understanding Media as Contexts for Writing," gives students the background they need to write successfully in a media age, teaching them how to evaluate visuals, as well as other kinds of media, and use them as effective resources in their own essays.
  • A brief research guide gives students advice on how to conduct research rhetorically.

Table of Contents

1: Understanding the Contexts of Writing.
What is "Good" Writing? Defining Context in Writing. Discourse and Why It Is Important.
2: Understanding Media as Contexts for Writing.
Reading Images. Using Images in Your Writing. Combining Text and Image.
3: Entering the Conversation.
Theme Into Thesis. Assessing the Rhetorical Situation. Knowing Your Audience. Managing the Writing Process. Using Technology.
4: Engaging in Research and Inquiry.
Writing as Inquiry. Conducting Research. Tools for Your Inquiry. Other Source Material. Citing Sources.
5: Identity.
Cluster 1: Creating Our Selves. Sojourner Truth, Ain''t I a Woman? N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain. Bobbie Ann Mason, Being Country. Cluster 2: Defining Each Other. Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman. Dagoberto Gilb, You Know His Labors, But Not His Face. Gregory Jay, Who Invented White People? Cluster 3: Diverse Selves, Multiple Identities. Erin Aubry Kaplan, Black Like I Thought I Was. Oscar Casares, Crossing the Border Without Losing Your Past. Bharati Mukherjee, American Dreamer. Ranjani Nellore, The Girl With the Red Dot.
6: Understanding.
Cluster 1:Learning. Helen Keller, The Day Language Came Into My Life. Richard Wright, The Library Card. Annie Dillard, Living Like Weasels. Susan Sawyer, On Being Proved Wrong. Cluster 2: Schooling. Maya Angelou, Graduation. Paulo Freire, The Banking Concept of Education. Richard Rodriguez, The Achievement of Desire. Adrienne Rich, Taking Women Students Seriously. Cluster 3: Knowing and Believing. Thomas Moore, Satisfying the Thirst of the Soul and the Needs of the Body. Langston Hughes, Salvation. Shunryu Suzuki, Waterfall.
7: Relationships.
Cluster 1: Exploring Love. Kristin van Ogtrop, Attila the Honey I''m Home. Richard Selzer, Love Sick. Mark Doty, Sweet Chariot. bell hooks, On Building a Community of Love. Cluster 2: Complicating Relationships. Laura Kipnis, Off Limits: Should Students Be Allowed To Hook Up With Professors? David Brooks, The Power of Marriage. Anna Quindlen, Say Farewell to Pin Curls. William Jelani Cobb, The Other L-Word. Cluster 3: Rethinking Relationships. Judy Syfers Brady, Why I Want a Wife. Michael Bérubé, Should I Have Asked John to Cool It? Peter Sauer, The Crows of War: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Relations of Species.
8: Communication.
Cluster 1: The Politics of Language. Amy Tan, Mother Tongue. Deborah Tannen, Sex, Lies and Conversation. Gloria Anzaldúa, How to Tame a Wild Tongue. Gary Sloan, Sleuthing Patriotic Slogans. Cluster 2: Writing Matters. June Jordan, Nobody Mean More to Me Than You and the Future Life of Willie Jordan. Min Zhan Lu, From Silence to Struggle. Michael Chabon, Solitude and the Fortress of Youth. Jimmy Baca Santiago, Becoming a Poet. Cluster 3: Beyond Words. Steve Earle, In Praise of Woodie Guthrie. Beatriz Sarlo, Zapping. Bakari Kitwana, The Challenge of Rap Music.
9: Power.
Cluster 1: The Process of Power. George Orwell, Politics and the English Language. Lani Guinier, The Tyranny of the Majority. Donna Ladd, I Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident. Wendell Berry, Thoughts in the Presence of Fear. Cluster 2: The Consequences of Power. Paula Gunn Allen, Where I Come From Is Like This. Wole Soyinka, Every Dictator''s Nightmare. Bill of Rights Pared Down to a Manageable Six. Cluster 3: Challenging Power. Henry David Thoreau, Resistance to Civil Government. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail. bell hooks, Talking Back. Chisun Lee, American Splendor.
10: Spaces.
Cluster 1: Creating Spaces. Jack Turner, Economic Nature. Rhonda Chriss Lokeman, Minimalist Memorial Can Do Justice to 9/11. Will Yandik, Ridding the American Landscape of Lawn. Cluster 2: Using Spaces. Scott Russell Sanders, Stillness. Verlyn Klinkenborg. Keeping a Lost World Alive. Diane Dufva Quantic, Uncommon Buffalo and the Buffalo Commons. Paul Goldberger, Disconnected Urbanism. Cluster 3: Valuing Place. Wallace Stegner, The Sense of Place. E. B. White, Once More to the Lake. Karen Piper, Remembering Water. Suzanne Berne, Where Nothing Says Everything.
11: Resources.
Cluster 1: Necessities. Brenda Peterson, Growing Up Game. Barbara Kingsolver, A Good Farmer. Richard Corliss, Should We All Be Vegetarians? Cluster 2: The Politics of Consumption. Helena Norberg-Hodge, The March of the Monoculture. Michael Stephens, Fat and Politics: Suing Fast Food Companies. Vandana Shiva, Privatising Water Will Lead to War. Cluster 3: Use and Consequences. David Margolick, The Seeds of a Summer Revolt. Jamaica Kincaid, Sowers and Reapers: The Unquiet World of a Flower Bed. Michael Pollan, When a Crop Becomes King. Donella Meadows, The Ski Store and the Real Cost of Fun.
12: Change.
Cluster 1: Living With Change. Deborah Tannen, Connections. Ellen Goodman, In America, It''s Work First and Play Never. Judith Levine, Anger. Cluster 2: Progress. Kirkpatrick Sale, The Myth of Progress. Anna Quindlen, A Shock to the System. Donella Meadows, Ecological Destruction and a Vermont Farm in May. Cluster 3: Where Are We Now? John Leland, Pursuing Happiness in Our Time. Bill McKibben, A Shirt Full of Bees. Harriet Epstein, Ironies.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Robert P. Yagelski

Robert P. Yagelski is Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry and Professor of English Education in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. He also teaches courses at SUNY-Albany in writing, composition theory and pedagogy, critical pedagogy, and qualitative research methods and helps prepare secondary school teachers. Considered a leading voice in composition theory, Professor Yagelski is widely published in the major journals in the field. He is also director of the Capital District Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and former director of the SUNY-Albany Writing Center. He earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from The Ohio State University.