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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How does the unconscious mind inform the conscious mind using writing or
dreams as a medium? In what ways is the writing process like a dream? These
are questions that we have been exploring in our writing classes for more than
Write an essay in which you define and clarify with examples and comparisons
the positive role that you think the unconscious mind can play in helping one to
create a balanced and fulfilling life. Refer to the poem in shaping your response.
We do encourage you to look to your dream mind for ideas and feelings and to
allow your unconscious mind to have time to process and integrate ideas that are
being developed by your rational mind. For example, after you have finished the
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