ISBN 9780321002051,The Contemporary Reader

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ISBN 9780321002051

Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company

Publication Year 1998

ISBN 9780321002051

ISBN-10 0321002059


Edition 6th
Number of Pages 580 Pages
Language (English)

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* NEW! WEB SITE: A dedicated web site, conceived by Kathryn Goodfellow of Northeastern University, features chapter guides that summarize the thematic focus of each chapter of the text and provide five to seven activities. Links to additional chapter-related online readings, including pieces from the online magazine Salon, are also featured. A guide to researching popular culture online analyzes various electronic resources - newsgroups, listservs, and online services - and their applicability to popular culture research. A "talking" model student research paper provides comments and suggestions for writing up research, and another section of popular culture links explores Web resources in television, film, music, advertising, gender issues, race and ethnicity, and censorship and free speech. Web site URL - * NEW! Over 90% of the selections are new to this edition - almost all written since 1996 - on timely topics like body piercing, Xena Warrior Princess, the X-Files, gay marriage, and the approaching millenium. * NEW! Multi-genre focus includes more short stories, poetry, letters to the editor, memoirs, journal entries, movie reviews, newspaper columns, interviews, and humorous pieces. * NEW! Controversial topics are examined in paired readings from opposing points of view in the "Pro/Con" feature which closes most chapters to stimulate students to consider their own opinions on various issues. * NEW! Introduction to critical reading offers a step-by-step analysis of a sample essay to show students how to read the sections critically. * NEW! "Group Projects" encourage working collaboratively inside and outside of the classroom with a special emphasis on writing that is community oriented. * NEW! "Sequencing Assignments" ask students to make connections among the texts readings for a more critical evaluation of a subject. * Contemporary essay collection features a wide variety of provocative and engaging themes such as "Democracy, Community, and Cyberspace," "Pop Icons," "Gender Battles on the Big Screen," "Young and Criminal" and "Work: Whats In It For Me?" * Essays reflect a wide assortment of writing styles by todays best writers including numerous women and minority authors. * A gallery of advertisements calls for critical thinking about images and values in contemporary society; this edition features all new ads