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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This crow lives near my house, and though I have never injured him, he takes
good care to stay up in the very highest trees and, in general, to avoid humanity.
His world begins at about the limit of my eyesight. On the particular morning
I had never been orphaned, never been hunted, never missed a meal except by
choice, never violently attacked another person. But I could recognize the
whisper of my darkness in hers and I stood in that place in myself to listen to her,
to try to ...
I developed this idea as a defense mechanism over the course of my life because
I was never allowed to feel sorry for myself when something I wanted didn't come
through, or when the circumstances of my life seemed beyond endurance.
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