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A Reader for Writers

John Scenters-Zapico

Publication Date - December 2013

ISBN: 9780199947461

448 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $44.99

Read. Write. Oxford. Everyone has a story to tell. What's yours?


Read. Write. Oxford.

Identity: A Reader for Writers focuses on the essential topic of identity as it relates to culture, rhetoric, and the multiple modes of expression that are increasingly common in today's multilingual society. Each chapter in this reader asks students foundational questions about identity. These questions include: Where are you from? Where did you go to school? What do you do for work? And whom do you love? While these questions appear easy to answer, students will learn as they work through the readings that their answers are linked to meaningful themes including language, nationality, labor, education, personal relationships, and privacy.

Developed for the freshman composition course, Identity: A Reader for Writers includes an interdisciplinary mix of public, academic, and scientific reading selections, providing students with the rhetorical knowledge and compositional skills required to participate effectively in discussions about critical literacy, cultural studies, and the writing process.

Identity: A Reader for Writers is part of a series of brief single-topic readers from Oxford University Press designed for today's college writing courses. Each reader in this series approaches a topic of contemporary conversation from multiple perspectives.

About the Author(s)

John Scenters-Zapico is Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, Coordinator of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement, and Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at California State University, Long Beach.

Table of Contents

    1. What's in a Name? The Role of Language and Identity
    Keith Dorwick, "Getting Called Fag." Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives
    Lillian Comas-Díaz, "Hispanics, Latinos, or Americanos: The Evolution of Identity." Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
    Daoud Kuttab, "We Are Palestinians." New York Times
    N. Scott Momaday, Excerpts from The Names: A Memoir
    Jill Filipovic,"Why Should Married Women Change Their Names? Let Men Change Theirs." The Guardian
    Amy Tan, "Mother Tongue." The Threepenny Review
    Dennis Baron, "Who Owns Global English." Baron's blog The Web of Language
    2. Where Are You From? Notions of Identity and Place
    Baratunde Thurston, "How to Be Black." National Public Radio
    Allen Ginsberg, "America." Poem from How l & Other Poems
    Pat Buchanan, "Deconstructing America."
    Herbert E. Meyer, "Why Americans Hate this 'Immigration' Debate." American Thinker
    Dinaw Mengestu, "Home at Last." Edited collection from Brooklyn Was Mine
    Guy Merchant, "Unravelling the Social Network: Theory and Research."
    Jhumpa Lahiri, "Rhode Island." State by State
    3. Where Did You Go to School? Education in America
    Taylor Garcia, "Could Have Done Better." Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives
    Mike Rose, "I Just Want to Be Average."
    Patrick T. Terenzini and Ernest T. Pascarella, "Living With Myths: Undergraduate Education in America." Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning
    Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey (Chart), "Education Pays: Education Pays in Higher Earnings and Lower Unemployment."
    Supreme Court of the United States, "Brown v. Board of Education"
    Malcolm X, "Learning to Read."
    Victor Villanueva, "Spic in English!" Bootstraps
    Richard Rodriguez, "Achievement of Desire."
    Cathy Davidson, "Project Classroom Makeover." Excerpt from Now You See It
    4. What Do You Do? Work in America
    "Work, in Six Words." National Public Radio
    Jeffery Zaslow, "The Most Praised Generation Goes to Work." Wall Street Journal
    Lee Rainie, "Digital Natives Invade the Workplace." Pew Internet & American Life Project
    Anthony De Palma, "Fifteen Years on the Bottom Rung." New York Times
    Studs Terkel, "Stephen Cruz"
    Stephen Marche, "We Are Not All Created Equal: The Truth About the American Class System." Esquire
    Jacquelyn Smith, "The Happiest And Unhappiest Jobs In America." Forbes
    Devon W. Carbado and Miti Gulati, "Working Identity." Excerpt from Acting White: Rethinking Race in "Post-Racial" America
    5. Whom Do You Love? Romance and Relationships in America
    Robert Feldman, "Finding the 'Liar' in All of Us." National Public Radio
    Teresa DiFalco, "Internet Cheating: In the Clicks of a Mouse, a Betrayal." New York Times
    Deborah Tannen, "Sex, Lies, and Conversation." Washington Post
    Plato,"Phaedrus" (Selected excerpts)
    Wallace Shawn, "Is Sex Interesting?" Harper's Magazine
    Michelle Chen, "Farewell, June Cleaver: 'Non-Traditional Families' and Economic Opportunity." In These Times
    Elizabeth Bernstein, "Sibling Rivalry Grows Up." Wall Street Journal
    Kirun Kapur, "Anthem." (Poem) AGNI Online
    6. Where Do You Draw the Line? Privacy, Socializing, and Life without Boundaries
    "Don't Trip Over Your Digital Footprint." National Public Radio
    Sherry Turkle, "How Computers Change the Way We Think." Chronicle of Higher Education
    Peggy Orenstein, "The Way We Live Now: I Tweet Therefore I Am." New York Times
    Rachel Dewoskin, "East Meets Tweet." Vanity Fair
    Hanni Fakhoury, Kurt Opsahl, and Rainy Reitman, "When Will Our Email Betray Us? An Email Privacy Primer in Light of the Petraeus Saga." Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Dan Fletcher, "How Facebook is Redefining Privacy" Time
    Alan Norton, "10 Reasons Why I Avoid Social Networking Services." TechRepublic

Teaching Resources

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