Tenth Edition   ©2013

Fields of Reading

Motives for Writing

Nancy R. Comley (Queens College, City University of NY) , Carl H. Klaus (University of Iowa) , David Hamilton (University of Iowa) , Nancy Sommers (Harvard University)   , Jason Tougaw (Queens College, City University of NY) , Robert Scholes (Brown University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-0891-X; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-0891-9; Format: Paper Text, 864 pages

Exceptional readings in cross-curricular conversations

Fields of Reading draws on the major divisions of the curriculum — arts and humanities, social sciences, and sciences — to offer well-crafted and high-quality writing from these fields. Chosen with the rhetorical purposes of composition in mind by editors who are all distinguished teachers and writers, the selections progress from individual essays to paired texts to casebooks that contain multiple readings on engaging topics and compelling issues. Even more than its predecessors, the new edition emphasizes the cross-curricular reading, thinking, and writing expected in college as it exposes students to key cultural conversations that involve major voices in contemporary intellectual life. The print text is now integrated with e-Pages for Fields of Reading, designed to take advantage of what the Web can do. 

"Fields of Reading offers essays that are interdisciplinary and thus appealing to the many interests of students in a college composition course — from psychology and English majors to those who are studying the hard sciences. Moreover, the essays themselves are challenging and interesting — well written, thoughtful, memorable."
— Valarie Levy, Rutgers, Newark