The Brief Bedford Reader
Thirteenth Edition   ©2017

The Brief Bedford Reader

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

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-03118-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03118-3; Format: Paper Text, 526 pages

Current and engaging new readings. Readings cover topics that are relevant to students, mixing the most current voices with classic authors and selections, including:

  • Issa Rae, "The Struggle." This selection from The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl considers what it means to be black and who gets to help create that definition.
  • Paired essays: student Tal Fortgang in "Checking My Privilege" and author Roxane Gay in "Peculiar Benefits" explore different perceptions of privilege.
  • Randall Monroe, "Everybody Jump." The author of webcomic xkcd offers an amusing answer to a serious scientific question.

    New casebook on a contemporary issue.  A new casebook, "Should Colleges Adopt Trigger Warnings?", includes two student essays and one professional writer in conversation with each other.  

    Additional annotated student essays.  The Bedford Reader includes 9 new student models, 5 of which are annotated to point out important rhetorical moves. With 22 student models in total, The Bedford Reader offers more student writing than any comparable text.   

    Innovative "Writers on Writing" feature now ties directly to writing instruction. Following two-thirds of the selections, professional and student writers share their own struggles and breakthroughs in writing. This advice is newly cross-referenced to the relevant instructional content, so that students know how to take action on the advice that most inspires them.

    Updated MLA guidelines. The new Modern Language Association guidelines have been incorporated throughout, including updated student models and the documentation chapter. The MLA documentation chapter has been moved to a blue-edged appendix at the back of the book for easier reference.

    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. Offering more guidance on active and critical reading than any other rhetorical reader, The Brief 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. Placing fresh emphasis on supporting a thesis with ideas gleaned from reading, the chapter also features a newly integrated discussion of synthesizing evidence, with multiple examples of acceptable and unacceptable summaries, paraphrases, and quotations.
  • 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.