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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If, for example, you are writing an essay on obsessions, you would first want to
define what is meant by obsession. Although you would first turn to a dictionary,
an encyclopedia, or another reliable authority for a definition of this basic term,
If this definition still seems inadequate, you could add more details and develop
the definition further with a typical example: "Overeating can be an obsessive
form of behavior." In writing an extended definition of a key term, carefully
The next two selections explore depression, an obsessive illness. In his essay "
Depression," Andrew Solomon defines and explains how "depression is the flaw
in love." He argues that "To be creatures who love, we must be creatures who
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