The Compact Reader with 2016 MLA Update
Tenth Edition   ©2016

The Compact Reader with 2016 MLA Update

Short Essays by Method and Theme

Jane E. Aaron , Ellen Kuhl Repetto

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-12678-2; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-12678-0; Format: Paper Text

Relevant new readings from both trusted and emerging voices help students to connect with the material. These include:
  • “A Unified Theory of Muppet Types,” in which Dahlia Lithwick associates different personality traits with various Muppets.
  • Ken Chen’s dizzying exploration of Hong Kong in “City Out of Breath.”
  • Cartoonist Scott Adams’s hilarious tutorial on how to get laughs in “Funny Business.”
A new take on argument in Chapter 14, “Argument and Persuasion,” grounds students in the fundamentals of ethos, pathos, and logos and more clearly outlines the processes of inductive and deductive reasoning. Expanded and updated to reflect current themes including social issues such as gun violence and technological privacy, the chapter concludes with a new casebook on immigration reform.
A new sample research essay, “Women and Children First,” by a student writer argues for a solution to homelessness (prompted by Barbara Lazear Ascher’s “The Box Man”) and illustrates the elements of source-based writing.
Refined apparatus, reflecting user feedback, includes the following:
  • A newly integrated and expanded glossary highlights key terms throughout the book, which are now printed in boldface, signaling to students that detailed explanations are provided in the back for easy reference. The entries themselves function as an informal index and guide, defining and illustrating more than a hundred terms with specific cross-references to fuller discussions in the text. 
  • Expanded focus boxes, reviewed by instructors teaching with The Compact Reader, provide targeted answers to the most common student concerns.
A clean, fresh design invites students to engage with the text.