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Seeing and Writing


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The first full-color composition reader truly to reflect visual culture, Seeing & Writing is based on a simple principle: Careful seeing leads to effective writing. Students actively and critically see the details of each verbal and visual text, think about its composition and the cultural context within which it operates, and then write thoughtfully and convincingly about it. With a new look, new features, and new essays and images, Seeing & Writing 4 continues to lead the way — as a visual, flexible, and above all, inspiring tool for the composition classroom.

About the Author

Donald McQuade is professor of English and former dean of undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He just finished a term serving as Vice Chancellor-University Relations. A past chair of CCCC, he has directed the writing program at Berkeley and at Queens College, CUNY, and has published widely on American literature, American culture, and composition theory and practice. With Bob Atwan, he is co-author of The Writers Presence (2009).

Christine McQuade graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and joined modern dance company STREB, with whom she toured internationally for five years. She has taught freshman composition at Queens College and currently lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors
How This Book Works
Introduction: Writing Matters
      EXERCISES: Walker Evans. Subway Passengers, New York, NY
      Making Observations
      EXERCISE: Mark Peterson, Image of Homelessness
      Drawing Inferences
      EXERCISE: David Ignatow, My Place
      EXERCISE: Peter Arkle
      EXERCISE: Robert Frost, In White and Design
      Composition Toolkit
            Point of View
      EXERCISE: Joel Sternfeld, Warren Avenue at 23rd Street, Detroit Michigan, October 1993
Chapter One: Observing the Ordinary
Opening Portfolio
NEW Peter Menzel and Faith DAluisio, Hungry Planet [4 photographs]
NEW Annalee Newitz, My Laptop [essay]+ NEW Matthew Pillsbury, Penelope Umbrico (with her Daughters), Monday, February 3rd, 2003 7 – 7:30PM [photograph]
Larry Woiwode, Ode to an Orange [essay]
Sequoia Citrus Association, Have One [label]
      + California Orange Growers, Orange Crate Labels [3 labels]
NEW Retrospect: Phone Home [5 advertisements]
      1933 Bell System, Within the Reach of Millions
      1958 Bell System Its Fun to Talk by Telephone
      1980 Bell System Reach Out and Touch Someone
      1992 Sony Dont Be Bound by Convention
      2007 TMobile Google phone
NEW Lizet Gaytan and Saul Bellow
Tracey Baran, Mom Ironing [photograph]
Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing [short story]
NEW Visualizing Composition: Slowed-Down Reading
NEW Elizabeth Hardwick and Nii Martey Codjoe
Gueorgui Pinkhassov from Moments of Silence [4 photographs]:
      + Pre-Game Prayer, Billy Ryan High School, Denton, Texas
      + Salat-ul-Zuhr (Noon) Prayers, Mardigian Library, University of Michigan-Dearborn
      + Day of Miracles Ceremony, Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA
      + Satnam Waheguru Prayer, Minar's Taj Palace, New York
Brian Doyle, Joyas Volardores [essay]
K.C. Cole, A Matter of Scale [essay]
Pepón Osorio, Badge of Honor, 1995 (detail) [installation]
      + Context
Annie Dillard, Seeing [essay]

LOOKING CLOSER: Unpacking Our Stuff
NEW Pablo Neruda, Ode to Things [poem]
NEW Siri Hustvedt, Unknown Keys [essay + photograph]
NEW George Skelcher, Magic Money Box [3 drawings]
NEW Akiko Busch, Introduction to The Uncommon Life of Common Objects [essay]
NEW Trujillo-Paumier, This is Daphne and Those Are Her Things [2 photos]
NEW Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff [screen shot + quotation]  
Chapter Two: Coming to Terms With Place
Opening Portfolio
Joel Sternfeld, On This Site [4 photographs]
Edward Hopper, House by the Railroad [painting] + Edward Hirsch, Edward Hopper and the House by the Railroad [poem]
Eudora Welty, The Little Store [short story]
      + Eudora Welty, Storekeeper, 1935 [photograph]
      + Eudora Welty, Storekeeper [excerpt]
Retrospect: Camilo Jose Vergara, 65 East 125th St., Harlem [12 photographs]
      December 1977
      January 1980
      December 1983
      November 1988
      March 1990
      September 1992
      March 1994
      June 1997
      August 2001
      April 2003
      February 2004
      May 2008 
NEW Adrian Varner and Salmon Rushdie
David Guterson, No Place Like Home [essay]
Mark Peterson, Image of Homelessness [photograph]
      + Norman Mailer, Three Seconds or Less [excerpt]
Scott Russell Sanders, Homeplace [essay]
NEW The Road to Success [map]
      + NEW CONTEXT: Katharine Harmon, You Are Here
NEW Richard Ford, At Home. For Now [essay]
NEW Visualizing Composi

Product Details

Mcquade, Donald
Bedford/St. Martin's
McQuade, Donald
McQuade, Christine
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Report writing
English language -- Rhetoric.
Edition Description:
Fourth Edition
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
9.13 x 6.38 in

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