Dreams and Inward Journeys: A Rhetoric and Reader for Writers
This best-selling collection of readings explores the theme of dreams, the imagination, and the heart connected to the reasoning mind.
Supporting a creative approach to the teaching of writing, Dreams and Inward Journeys presents a rich mixture of reflective essays, stories, and poems. Thematically focused on dream-related topics, the readings chapters discuss such topics as memory, myths/fairy tales, obsessions, sexuality, gender roles, the other, technology, popular culture, nature, and spirituality. Readings move from the personal to the abstract, encouraging students to investigate new ways of seeing and understanding themselves and their relationship to fundamental social issues and universal human concerns. Featuring a dual thematic and rhetorical organization, each chapter also provides practical writing advice on a specific rhetorical pattern, strategies for writing, critical thinking questions, and two to three student sample papers. Beautiful, stimulating art opens each chapter to support the theme and provide prompts for prewriting.
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JOURNAL In her essay, Amy Tan states that she is "fascinated by language in
daily life." Discuss several striking examples of creative uses of language that
you have noticed recently in your everyday life or in conversations with friends.
dreams have one thing in common, they are all "written" in the same language,
symbolic language. The myths of the Babylonians, Indians, Egyptians, Hebrews,
Greeks are written in the same language as those of the Ashantis or the Trukese.
He saw that dreams were essentially no different from myths and fairy tales and
that to understand the language of the one was to understand the language of
the others. And the work of anthropologists focused new attention on myths.
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