Encounters: Essays for Exploration and Inquiry

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With pedagogy that encourages students to respond to print and visual texts, Encounters provides a spectrum of provocative and beatifully written student and professional essays.

Alphabetically organized, this versatile reader for first year writing courses offers a strong selection of student essays. The approach emphasizes the writing process and the craft of writing. Professional readings are organized to build from the informal essay to formal academic and argument writing. There is a section on reading and writing about artwork and photography that explains how to analyze paintings and photographs.

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Effective Pedagogy. Gives instruction by showing alternate student drafts, one in response to class activities and one in response to the professional essays in the book.
Student Essays. In addition to the 2 studies of students producing multiple drafts in Student Writers at Work, the book presents 14 additional student essays in the section "A Spectrum of Student Writing," showing a range of student essays: familiar, analytical, and combination essays. In the section, "Two Writers in Depth," 5 students respond to multiple essays by Maxine Hong Kingston and E. B. White.
Essays by Professional Writers. The 62 professionally written essays span the spectrum of writing types. They include classics such as Orwell's "Marrakech" and Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," as well as recently written pieces like Cornel West's "Race Matters," and Brent Staples' "Just Walk on By."
Options for Critical Thinking and Writing. Biographical headnotes and Considerations accompany each essay. The considerations include questions and writing assignments grouped under 3 headings: "Thinking," "Connecting" (to other writing and to works of art), and "Writing."
Illustrations. As prompts for several of the Considerations exercises, 8 color illustrations appear in an insert in the text and 2 black and white illustrations appear near 2 related essays -Giorgio de Chirico's "The Melancholy and Mystery of a Street" appears next to student Elizabeth MacDonald's essay "Odalisque" and Felix Trutat's "Reclining Bacchante" appears next to John Berger's essay "Ways of Seeing: Men Looking at Women."
In-Depth Profiles of the work of two student writers
Renowned 20th century writers: Including Cornell West, Gloria Anzaldua, Geral Early, Susan Sontag, Jeanette Winterson, and Toni Morrison
Full color section on writing about paintings and photographs
Students and Masters: An in-depth section with students responding to three masters of the essay form, E.B. White, Richard Selzer, and Maxine Hong Kingston

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Pat C. Hoy II, director of the Expository Writing Program and Professor of English at New York University, has also held appointments as Professor of English, U.S. Military Academy, and as senior preceptor in the Expository Writing Program and director of the Summer Writing Program, Harvard University. He received his B.A. from the U.S. Military Academy and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Hoy is the author of Reading and Writing Essays: The Imaginative Tasks (McGraw-Hill) and Instinct for Survival: Essays by Pat C. Hoy II (U. of Georgia Press). He is coeditor of Prose Pieces: Essays and Stories and Women’s Voices: Visions and Perspectives. He is coauthor with Robert DiYanni of The Scribner Handbook for Writers. His essays on pedagogy appear in Literary Nonfiction: Theory, Criticism, Pedagogy (Southern Illinois University Press), How Writers Teach Writing (Prentice-Hall), and What Do I Know?: Reading, Writing, and Teaching the Essay (Boynton). He has also published essays in Sewanee Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Agni, Twentieth Century Literature, and South Atlantic Review. Five of his essays have been selected as “Notables” in Best American Essays. He regularly teaches freshman composition.

Robert DiYanni is Professor of English at Pace University, Pleasantville, New York, where he teaches courses in literature, writing, and humanities. He has also taught at Queens College of the City University of New York, at New York University in the Graduate Rhetoric Program, and most recently in the Expository Writing Program at Harvard University. He received his B.A. from Rutgers University (1968) and his Ph.D. from the City University of New York (1976). Robert DiYanni has written articles and reviews on various aspects of literature, composition, and pedagogy. His books include Literature: Reading, Fiction, Poetry, Drama and the Essay; The McGraw-Hill Book of Poetry; Women’s Voices; Like Season’d Timber: New Essays on George Herbert; and Modern American Poets: Their Voices and Visions (a text to accompany the Annenberg-funded telecourse, Voices and Visions). With Kraft Rompf, he edited The McGraw-Hill Book of Poetry, (1993) and The McGraw-Hill Book of Fiction (1995). With Pat Hoy, he edited Encounters: Readings for Inquiry and Argument (1997).

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