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Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers
Ways of Reading continues to profoundly influence the teaching of writing by offering a uniquely exciting and challenging approach to first-year composition, integrating reading, writing, and critical thinking with an ambitious selection of readings and editorial features. With carefully honed apparatus that helps students work with the challenging selections, Ways of Read ...more
Paperback, 870 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Bedford Books
(first published December 1998)
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This is a college level textbook that I found after moving and have no idea when or where I picked it up. The essays contained in it are wonderful; James Baldwin, Walter Benjamin, John Berger and Adrienne Rich are just a few of the contributors. It will take me some time to finish this because the essays require reading, re-reading, reading again and thinking through the arguments. The essays are not new or recently composed, some of you may be familiar with them already, but I had read only two ...more
Jun 11, 2011 sologdin rated it liked it · review of another edition
best anthology to teach freshman composition. Likely that the freshmen think it's the worst, though. Selections are long and difficult, compared to other texts. Most of the selections are leftwing, though the average freshmen won't be able to identify the politics, even where, for instance, someone like Foucault cites Marx.
I love this book. It doesn't pander to an audience but rather assumes they already have half a brain when they approach the text, that you're capable of forming your own opinion. Hence, it can then continue to guide through additional readings. Many an interesting discussion has arisen from this book.
My college writing 1 class is using this book, and I have to say, the readings provided are quite challenging. These essays are not something you can easily skim over and say, "yay, I'm done." Many of these essays require you to go back and read it again for a second time to better understand the material and to catch what you didn't catch the first time you read it.
Not an easy or enjoyable read, but then that is sort of the point. This text helps you to become a discriminating, active reader and, subsequently, how to apply that skill to your own writing. So, though I hated every second of assigned reading out of this, I appreciate the lessons imparted.
Nov 30, 2012 Ron Christiansen rated it really liked it · review of another edition
A radical approach to teaching composition--at least in contrast to the prevailing views. Sometimes I miss teaching from it even though I understand the problems with the approach. Maybe, at some point, I will go back to it simply for the hell of it.
Despite being a reader targeted towards first-year writers, this anthology proves rich for anyone who has scholarly interests and wishes to engage with a variety of theories relating to identity, education, and writing. Most of the entries are fantastic and find their way consistently into a draft of my Master's thesis for Teaching of Writing, and although there are a few that seem out of place, like "Gene Hackers," the anthology is still of a high caliber given its intended purpose.