The Bedford Reader
Thirteenth Edition   ©2017

The Bedford Reader

X. J. Kennedy , Dorothy M. Kennedy , Jane E. Aaron , Ellen Kuhl Repetto

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-03051-3; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03051-3; Format: Paper Text, 664 pages

PREFACE FOR INSTRUCTORS

CONTENTS BY THEME

new CONTENTS BY ACADEMIC 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

Reading actively

NANCY MAIRS  Disability (annotated essay)

Developing an understanding

Analyzing essays

Examining visual images

Visual image: Man Fishing by a Power Plant, photograph by Robin Nelson

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Reading to write

2 The Writing Process

assessing The Writing Situation

Discovering Ideas

Drafting

Revising

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Integrating reading

Editing

An essay-in-progress

ROSIE ANAYA  Mental Illness on Television (annotated student essay)

PART TWO

THE METHODS

3 NARRATION: Telling a Story

Visual Image: Proposal, drawing by Demetri Martin

The method

The process

Narration in academic writing

new Scott Beltran  from Ride-Along Report (annotated student writing)

AMY TAN  Fish Cheeks

new NAOMI SHIHAB NYE  Museum

new Naomi Shihab Nye on Writing

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JONATHAN BETHARDS  Code Three (student essay)

JUNOT DÍAZ  The Dreamer  

Junot Díaz on Writing

MAYA ANGELOU  Champion of the World

Maya Angelou on Writing

SHIRLEY JACKSON  The Lottery

Shirley Jackson on Writing

4 DESCRIPTION: Writing with Your Senses

Visual Image
: Doug and Mizan’s House, East River, photograph by Margaret Morton

The Method

the process

Description in academic writing

Nick Fiorelli  from Teaching Methodologies at Child’s Play Preschool (annotated student writing)

  BRAD MANNING  Arm Wrestling with My Father (student essay)

Brad Manning on Writing

new N. SCOTT MOMADAY  The Way to Rainy Mountain

new N. Scott Momaday on Writing

SVEN BIRKETS  Ladder

new DIANE ACKERMAN  Black Marble

JOYCE CAROL OATES  Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, 1942

Visual Image: Nighthawks, painting by Edward Hopper

Joyce Carol Oates on Writing

5 EXAMPLE: Pointing to Instances

Visual Image
: Low-Energy Drinks, cartoon by Glen Le Lievre

The method

The process

Examples in academic writing

Kharron Reid  Letter to E-line Systems (annotated student writing)

BRENT STAPLES  Black Men and Public Space

Brent Staples on Writing

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ISSA RAE  The Struggle

new BRIAN DOYLE  A Note on Mascots

new Brian Doyle on Writing

ANNA QUINDLEN  Homeless

Anna Quindlen on Writing

KELLIE YOUNG  The Undercurrent (student essay)

6 COMPARISON AND CONTRAST: Setting Things Side by Side

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

The method

The process

Comparison and contrast in academic writing

Charlotte Pak  from Beyoncé Knowles: Soloist (annotated student writing)

DAVID SEDARIS  Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa

new David Sedaris on Writing

ANDREA ROMAN  "We’re Not . . ." (student essay)

Andrea Roman on Writing

SUZANNE BRITT  Neat People vs. Sloppy People

Suzanne Britt on Writing

BRUCE CATTON  Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts

FATEMA MERNISSI  Size 6: The Western Woman’s Harem

new ALAIN DE BOTTON  Tragedy

new Visual Images: A Man Drives Into His Family Home to Punish His Wife, video still by BBC News; Medea Kills Her Son to Punish Her Husband, Greek vase by unknown artist

new Alain de Botton on Writing

7 PROCESS ANALYSIS: Explaining Step by Step

Visual Image
: Workers Making Dolls, photograph by Wally McNamee

The method

The process

Process analysis in academic writing

Victor Khoury  from DNA Extraction (annotated student writing)

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writing

new ANNE LAMOTT  The Crummy First Draft

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

new Koji Frahm on Writing

FIROOZEH DUMAS  Sweet, Sour, and Resentful

Firoozeh Dumas on Writing

DAN KOEPPEL  Taking a Fall

JESSICA MITFORD  Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain

Jessica Mitford on Writing

8 DIVISION OR ANALYSIS: Slicing into Parts

Visual Image
: Deconstructing Lunch, cartoon by Roz Chast

The method

The process

Division or analysis in academic writing

new Rachel O’Connor, from A Question of Fairness: "The Lottery" as Social Commentary (annotated student writing)

    JUDITH ORTIZ COFER, The Cruel Country

new Judith Ortiz Cofer on Writing

 LAILA AYAD  The Capricious Camera (documented student essay) Visual Image: Mounted Nazi Troops on the Lookout for Likely Polish Children, photograph

ROBERT LIPSYTE  Jock Culture  

GUILLERMO DEL TORO AND CHUCK HOGAN  Vampires Never Die

Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan on Writing

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BARBARA B. PARSONS  Whistling in the Dark

new Barbara B. Parsons on Writing

9 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

Classification in academic writing

Kharron Reid  Résumé (annotated student writing)

DEBORAH TANNEN  But What Do You Mean?

Deborah Tannen on Writing

WILLIAM LUTZ  The World of Doublespeak

William Lutz on Writing

RUSSELL BAKER  The Plot against People

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JEAN-PIERRE DE BEER  Stars of Life (student essay)

new MARION WINIK  The Things They Googled

new Marion Winik on Writing

10 CAUSE AND EFFECT: Asking Why

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Visual Image: Wild Weather, bar graph by National Geographic

The method

The process

Cause and effect in academic writing

Kate Krueger  Letter to the Weekly (annotated student writing)

CHITRA DIVAKARUNI  Live Free and Starve

Chitra Divakaruni on Writing

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

Marie Javdani on Writing

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RANDALL MUNROE  Everybody Jump

*Visual Image: What If, drawings by Randall Munroe

CHRISTOPHER BEAM  Blood Loss

Visual Image: Trends in Serial Killing, bar graph by James Alan Fox and Jack Levin

new       *MALCOLM GLADWELL  Little Fish in a Big Pond

new Malcolm Gladwell on Writing

11 DEFINITION: Tracing Boundaries

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: It’s a Part of Me, Not a Definition of Who I Am, poster for the International Down Sydrome Coalition

The method

The process

Definition in academic writing

Martin Ward  Civil Liberties (annotated student writing)

new TAL FORTGANG  Checking My Privilege (student essay)

new Tal Fortgang on Writing

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ROXANE GAY  Peculiar Benefits

new Roxane Gay on Writing

MEGHAN DAUM  Narcissist — Give It a Rest

Meghan Daum on Writing

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DAGOBERTO GILB  Pride

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

12 ARGUMENT AND PERSUASION: Stating Opinions and Proposals

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

The method

The Process

Argument and persuasion in academic writing

new Adrianne Silver  from Bullying Law Proposal (annotated student writing)

LINDA CHAVEZ  Supporting Family Values

Linda Chavez on Writing

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HAVE POLITICS RUINED COMICS?

new CHUCK DIXON AND PAUL RIVOCHE  How Liberalism Became Kryptonite for Superman

new Visual Image: Sink the Japanazis with Bonds and Stamps, cover illustration for World’s Finest Comics

new JANELLE ASSELIN  Superhuman Error: What Dixon and Rivoche Get Wrong

new SHOULD COLLEGES ADOPT TRIGGER WARNINGS?

new BRIANNE RICHSON  An Obligation to Prevent Trauma on Campus (student essay)

new Brianne Richson on Writing

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   JON OVERTON  Beware the Trigger Warning (student essay)

new Jon Overton on Writing

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WENDY KAMINER  The Danger of Playing It Safe

new Wendy Kaminer on Writing

who needs privacy?     

NICHOLAS CARR  Tracking Is an Assault on Liberty

Nicholas Carr on Writing

JIM HARPER  Web Users Get as Much as They Give

LORI ANDREWS  Facebook Is Using You

Lori Andrews on Writing

PART THREE

MIXING THE METHODS

JUDY BRADY  I Want a Wife

Judy Brady on Writing

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JOAN DIDION  Earthquakes

new Joan Didion on Writing

MAXINE HONG KINGSTON  No Name Woman

Maxine Hong Kingston on Writing

JONATHAN SWIFT  A Modest Proposal

new HENRY DAVID THOREAU  Where I Lived, and What I Lived For

new LUIS ALBERTO URREA  Barrio Walden

new Luis Alberto Urrea on Writing

E. B. WHITE  Once More to the Lake

new COLSON WHITEHEAD  Loving Las Vegas

Colson Whitehead on Writing

 

new APPENDIX

new Finding and documenting sources

Conducting research

Writing WITH SOURCES

Source Citation Using MLA Style

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MARGARET LUNDBERG  Eating Green (annotated student essay)

Margaret Lundberg on Writing

Source Citation Using APA Style

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ERIC KIM  The Brain that Changes (annotated student essay)

new Eric Kim on Writing

GLOSSARY OF USEFUL TERMS

DIRECTORY TO WRITERS ON WRITING

INDEX