Across Cultures: A Reader for Writers by Sheena GillespieAcross Cultures: A Reader for Writers by Sheena Gillespie

Across Cultures: A Reader for Writers

bySheena Gillespie, Robert Becker

Paperback | February 24, 2010

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Designed to offer an appealing anthology where there is an increased interest in connections between and among cultures, Across Cultures, strives to promote understanding of diverse cultures among students.


The book advocates acceptance of the diversity of voices, while suggesting ways to probe the correspondences, interrelationships, and mutual benefits of that diversity. The selections cover a great variety of cultural facets. For example, the readings in “Work,” the subject of Chapter 5, lead students to consider related subjects such as affirmative action, immigration, cultural displacement, family narratives, and definitions of success. Throughout the text, students are encouraged to draw connections between and among readings through “Correspondence” questions that accompany each selection, thus developing their critical thinking skills.

Title:Across Cultures: A Reader for WritersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:February 24, 2010Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0205780377

ISBN - 13:9780205780372

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Table of Contents


Rhetorical Contents

Preface for the Teacher

Preface for the Student


Chapter 1: Writing, the “Writing Process,” and You

Literacy Narratives

Composing Your Own Literacy Narrative


Chapter 2: Family and Community

How the Wicked Sons Were Duped, Indian Folklore

People Like Us, David Brooks

Changing My Name after Sixty Years, Tom Rosenberg

Where the Land is Stepped on, the Sky…, Trikartikaningsih Byas

We Kissed the Tomato and Then the Sky, Dana Wehle

Focusing on Friends,  Steve Tesich

Treasures, Mahwash Shoaib

Two Lives, Shirley Geok-lin Lim

For My Indian Daughter, Lewis (Johnson) Sawaquat 

The Night I was Nobody,  John Edgar Wideman 

The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me, Sherman Alexie

One Voice, Susan G. Madera

Solidarity, Charles Neuman


Chapter 3: Gender Issues

The Wise Daughter, Swahili Folktale

Apollo and Daphne, Greek Legend

Shrouded in Contradiction, Gelareh Asayesh 

To Be a Man, Gary Soto

Man-Made Misery, Thomas M. Colicino

Why Are Gay Men So Feared? Dennis Altman

Gay, Anna Quindlen

Why Do We Hate Our Bodies? Gillianne N. Duncan

The Gravity of Mark Beuhrle, Jason Barone

He and I, Natalia Ginzburg

The Storm, Kate Chopin


Chapter 4: Education

The Bar of Gold

A View from the Bridge Cherokee Paul McDonald

Mute in an English-Only World, Chang-Rae Lee 

A Letter to a Child Like Me, José Torres

Always Living in Spanish, Marjorie Agosin

The Mistress of Make Believe, Doris Viloria

Dropout to Graduate, Laura Kuehn

The Fender-Bender, Ramón “Tianguis” Pérez

When the Simulated Patient Is For Real, Taneisha Grant

Multiple Dimensions of Love: From the Artist’s Eyes, Giovanni J. Gelardi

from Poets in the Kitchen, Paule Marshall

My Pen Writes in Blue and White, Vincent Cremona


Chapter 5: Work

My Young Men Shall Never Work, Chief Smohalla (as told by Herbert J. Spinden)

Life Stories, Michael Dorris

Why We Work, Andrew Curry

Essential Work by John Patterson

Black Hair, Gary Soto

Work Hard–Quit Right!  Thomas M. Colicino

Working Like a Dog, Charles Neuman

Forty-Five a Month, R.K. Narayan

Free and Equal, Lalita Gandbhir


Chapter 6: Traditions

In the Beginning: Bantu Creation Story, African Legend

Quiché-Mayan Creation Story, Quiché-Mayan Legend

Footbinding, John King Fairbank

The Algonquin Cinderella,  Native American Myth

Cinderella’s Stepsisters, Toni Morrison

Seven Days of Mourning, Yael Yarimi

New (and Improved) Delhi, Gautam Bhatia

The Lottery, Shirley Jackson

Stone Throwing in India: An Annual Bash, Mark Fineman

The Losing Champion, Ramon Mendez, Jr.


Chapter 7: Cultural Encounters

The Falsehood of Truth, Senegalese Myth

The Wise Rogue, Jewish Folktale (as told by Moses Gaster)

Fraternity, Garrett Hongo

Passion and the Dream, Linda Stanley

On Leaving New York, Emma Wunsch

The Man I Killed, Tim O’Brien

Child of the Lot, Ariela Rutkin-Becker

What’s in a Name? Gloria Naylor

Konglish, Kenneth Woo


Chapter 8: Popular Culture

The Pleasures of Text, Charles McGrath

Can You Hear Me Now?, Sherry Turkle

Too Much Technology?, Katherine Larios

Is That Video Game Programming You? John Misak 

The Timeless Culture, Tom Lee 

Whatever Happened to Rock ’n Roll? James Geasor

…well if you can’t hold the torch…then why pass it? Todd Craig 

Why We Crave Horror Movies, Stephen King

Why Does Wall-E Listen to Broadway Musicals? Martin Kutnowski


Rhetorical and Cultural Glossary

Geographic Index