The Bedford Reader
Thirteenth Edition   ©2017

The Bedford Reader

X. J. Kennedy , Dorothy M. Kennedy , Jane E. Aaron , Ellen Kuhl Repetto

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-03051-3; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03051-3; Format: Paper Text, 664 pages
28 current and compelling new readings. Fresh voices along with classic authors explore topics that are relevant to students. Highlights include; 
  • Issa Rae, “The Struggle.”  This selection from The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl considers assumptions about race in popular culture and personal experience.
  • Paired essays: student Tal Fortgang in “Checking My Privilege” and author Roxane Gay in “Peculiar Benefits” explore the meanings of privilege.
  • Randall Monroe, “Everybody Jump.” The author of webcomic xkcd offers an amusing answer to a scientific question. 
New casebooks on current issues offer opportunities to synthesize multiple perspectives.  Two new casebook topics allow students to examine timely questions. “Should Colleges Adopt Trigger Warnings?” includes two student essays and one professional argument, while “Have Politics Hurt the Comics Industry?” offers the insights of a comic author and an illustrator and a rhetorical analysis that rebuts their claims.
Additional annotated student writing models rhetorical moves. The Bedford Reader includes 10 new student models, 5 of which are annotated to point out important rhetorical moves. With 24 student models in total, The Bedford Reader offers more student writing than any comparable text.  
Innovative "Writers on Writing" selections are now tied directly to writing instruction. Writing advice from the professional and student writers in the book is newly cross-referenced to the relevant instructional content.
A greater emphasis on the connection between reading and writing. At the request of instructors who use the book, we have thoroughly revised and reorganized the material on academic reading and writing in Part One, with increased attention throughout the text to writing in response to sources, whether one or many.
  • A stronger focus on reading to write. The Bedford Reader stresses the interconnectedness of reading and writing in Chapter 1, with a clearer overview of annotating texts and a new discussion of writing in response as a component of critical thinking.
  • Expanded coverage of key writing topics. Chapter 2 examines the writing situation in more detail, clarifying the distinctions between writing to reflect, entertain, explain, or persuade, and explaining how an awareness of purpose and audience influences a writer’s choices. 
  • Examples of writing that responds to reading. The Bedford Reader for the first time features multiple student and professional essays that respond, directly or indirectly, to other works in the book. For instance, student writer Rachel O’Connor shares her critical reading of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” and composition instructor Barbara B. Parsons offers a rhetorical analysis of Brent Staples’s “Black Men and Public Space.” 
  • A new Appendix, “Finding and Documenting Sources.” This completely re-conceived appendix gathers the details on research and source citation where students are most likely to look for guidance. Freshened guidelines emphasize asking questions, finding and evaluating sources, creating annotated bibliographies, and avoiding plagiarism; and updated help with documenting sources reflects the most recent versions of both MLA style and APA style, offering dozens of current models and new annotated student essays for each.