Crosscurrents: Reading in the Disciplines Plus MyLab Writing -- Access Card Package

By Eric C. Link, Steven P. Frye

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 28, 2013


Underscoring the essential skills of reading and writing in multiple fields of knowledge, Crosscurrents is a thematic reader that connects ideas and texts from across the disciplines.

With its rich variety of readings that span the major college disciplines, Crosscurrents is a true writing across the curriculum reader. Three introductory chapters on critical reading, thinking, and research (Part 1) provide a broad, yet concise rhetoric that orients both students and instructors to disciplines that may be outside their comfort zone or areas of expertise. These chapters offer assistance in reading and comprehending material in each of the disciplines. Foundational, seminal readings foreground each of the eight thematic chapters in Part 2; additional, mainly contemporary, selections drawn from print and electronic books, journals, and general interest periodicals provide a wide range of source materials so that students can further understand each discipline and its intricacies.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1       Knowledge, Reading, and Writing across Disciplines

            Preparing a Foundation for Learning             

Understanding Genres


                        Social Sciences


                        Genres Used across Fields

            Linking Thinking, Reading, and Writing

            Learning in Disciplines

            Categorizing Academic Disciplines

                        Natural and Applied Sciences

                        Social Sciences

                        Business and Applied/Professional Studies

                        History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies


                        Creative Arts

            Understanding Genre Expectations in the Disciplines

            Researching in the Disciplines




Chapter 2       Reading across Disciplines: Reading for Learning, for Analysis, and for Argument

            Reading for Learning

                        Strategies for Reading

            Reading the Author’s Logic: Logical Fallacies

            Reading Visual Aids

            Reading Internet Sites and Determining Credibility

            Reading for Analysis

                        Strategies for Analytic Reading

            Analyzing Arguments

            Argumentation in the Disciplines



Chapter 3       Writing and Researching: Genres, Practices, and Processes

            Writing Conventions




            Writing as a Cyclical Process

                        Planning and Invention

                        Analyzing your Audiences

                        Writing Arguments

                        Developing a Thesis Statement


                        Types of Research

                        Starting Your Research

                        Narrowing Your Topic

                        Taking Notes

            Synthesizing and Incorporating Borrowed Material without


                        Organizing Ideas

                        Working with Visual Aids

                        Revising, Editing, and Proofreading

            Documenting Sources

                        MLA Documentation

                                    Annotated Student Paper

                        APA Documentation                          




Chapter 4       Nature, Genetics, and the Philosophy of Science




Emily Martin, et. al. “Scientific Literacy, What It Is, Why It’s Important, and Why Scientists Think We Don’t Have It”


Foundations in the Philosophy of Science

Thomas Kuhn “The Historical Structure of Scientific Discovery”


Paul Feyerabend, from Against Method


The Tools of Science: A World Too Small to See (images)


Genetics and Human Identity

Barry Commoner “Unraveling the DNA Myth”


Francis Fukuyama “Why We Should Worry” from Our Posthuman Future


Visions of the Posthuman (images)


Michael J. Sandel “The Case Against Perfection”


Olivia Judson “The Selfless Gene”


Robert Lanza “A New Theory of the Universe”


Natalie Angier “My God Problem—And Theirs”


Thinking Crosscurrently



Chapter 5       Business and Economics




Barbara Ehrenreich, “Maid to Order”


Foundations: Free Enterprise and Social Responsibility

Milton Friedman, “Economic Freedom and Political Freedom” (from Capitalism and Freedom)


John Maynard Keynes, “The End of Laissez-Faire”


Doing Business in America (images)


Barbara Kellerman, “Leadership: Warts and All”


Nature and the Economic Realm: Causes and Conflicts

Paul Krugman, “Irrational Exuberance” (from The Great Unraveling)


Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, “Information Asymmetry” (from Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything)



Terry Burnham and Jay Phelan, “Laughing All the Way to the Darwinian Bank” (from Mean Genes,)


At Work in America: The Triumph and Trials of an Economic System (images)


Steve Denning, “Why Amazon Can’t Make a Kindle in the USA”


Thinking Crosscurrently



Chapter 6       Government, Political Science, and Public Policy




David Mamet, “Political Civility”


Foundations: The Individual and the State

Thomas Jefferson, “The Declaration of Independence”


Henry David Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience”


Mahatma Gandhi, “The Non-Violent Society”


Governments and their Symbols (images)


Activism, Social Change, and its Discontents

Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”


Caitlin Flanagan, “How Serfdom Saved the Women’s Movement”


Activism and Social Change (images)


Jane Mayer, “The Black Sites”


Thinking Crosscurrently



Chapter 7       Education and Society




Shelby Steele, “The New Sovereignty”


Foundations: Theorizing Education

John Dewey, “My Pedagogic Creed”


Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The American Scholar”


The Classroom: Then and Now (images)


Education in the Modern Age

Jay P. Greene, “The Myth of Helplessness” (from Education Myths)


Christina Hoff Sommers “The War Against Boys”


Diane Ravitch, “What I Learned About School Reform” (from The Death and the Life of the American School)


Alissa Quart, “The Baby Genius Edutainment Complex”


Emily Bernard, “Teaching the N-Word”


Jeff Sharlet, “Straight Man’s Burden”


Guns in America: Two Views (images)


Dan Baum, “Happiness is a Worn Gun”


Malcolm Gladwell, “The 10,000 Hour Rule” (from Outliers: The Story of Success)


Thinking Crosscurrently



Chapter 8       Communication and Pop Culture




Foundations: Theories of Communication and Culture

Marshall McLuhan from Understanding Media


Dick Hebdige, “Subculture and Style”


Comics and the Graphic Novel

Scott McCloud “Setting the Record Straight”


Douglas Wolk from Reading Comics


Lynda Barry, from The Greatest of Marlys


Noel Murray and Scott Tobias, “How Has the Culture of TV (and TV-Watching) Changed?


Susan Willis “Disney World” (from Inside the Mouse: Work and Play at Disney World)


Susan Linn “Marketing, Media, and the First Amendment” (from Consuming Kids)


Using Advertising to Raise Awareness: Animal Rights (images)


William Deresiewicz, “Faux Friendship”


Thinking Crosscurrently



Chapter 9       Philosophy and Psychology




Foundations: Examining the Self

William James “The Will to Believe”


Plato “The Apology”


Understanding Human Emotions (images)


V. S. Ramachandran, “Neuroscience: The New Philosophy” (from A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness)


Thinking Beyond the Human: Artificial Intelligence and Transhumanism


A. M. Turing “Computing Machinery and Intelligence”


Ray Kurzweil, “The Law of Accelerating Returns”


Proving the Existence of God

Three Arguments for the Existence of God

            William Paley from Natural Theology

            St. Thomas Aquinas from Summa Theologica

            St. Anselm from Proslogium


Theology and Cartoons (images)


Kwasi Wiredu from Cultural Universals and Particulars: An African Perspective


Robert Orsi “When 2 + 2 = 5”


Thinking Crosscurrently



Chapter 10     History and Culture




Jacques Barzun, “The Coming Age” (from From Dawn to Decadence 1500 to Present: 50 Years of Western Cultural Life)


Foundations: Historical Process and Human Agency

Abraham Lincoln, “The Gettysburg Address” and “The Second Inaugural Address”


W. E. B. Dubois, “Of Our Spiritual Strivings” (from The Souls of Black Folk)


Images of the American Civil War (images)


Richard Rodriguez, “In the Brown Study” (from Brown)


Bruce Catton, “Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts”


Illegal Immigration in America: Political Cartoons (images)


Immigration: Pathways and Promises


Judith Ortiz Cofer, “Rituals: A Prayer, a Candle, and a Notebook”


Belle Yang, “The Language of Dreams”


Margaret Regan, “Prologue” (from The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands)


Andrea Elliot, “A Muslim Leader in Brooklyn, Reconciling 2 Worlds”


Thinking Crosscurrently



Chapter 11     Literature, Language, and Art




Barbara Wallraff, “What Global Language?”


Foundations: What Makes it Literature?

Oscar Wilde, Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray


Virginia Woolf, “Shakespeare's Sister” (from A Room of One’s Own)


Architecture as Art (images)


The Interdisciplinary Imagination

Bharati Mukherjee, “The Management of Grief”


James Tiptree, Jr. “The Last Flight of Doctor Ain”


Herman Melville, “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street”



Art and Medicine Through the Ages (8-page, 4-color insert)


The Art of Love, the Passion of Art

Kate Chopin, “The Storm”


James Joyce, “Araby”


Terry Eagleton, “The Rise of English” (from Literary Theory: An Introduction)


Thinking Crosscurrently


Appendix        Breaking Down Assignments: A Guide for Students