Composing Gender
First Edition   ©2014

Composing Gender

A Bedford Spotlight Reader

Rachael Groner , John O'Hara

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-2854-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-2854-2; Format: Paper Text, 320 pages

A brief and inexpensive reader for composition on gender

Composing Gender explores questions around the central concept of gender: Is gender binary, or more complicated? How do we define gender and sexuality? What stereotypes, expectations, and rituals shape gender? What influence does the media have on gender? Readings by a range of feminist scholars, journalists, gender theorists, biologists, legal scholars, sociologists, and others take up these questions and more. Questions and assignments for each selection provide a range of activities for students. The Web site for the Spotlight Series offers comprehensive instructor support with sample syllabi and additional teaching resources.

The Bedford Spotlight Reader Series is an exciting new line of single-theme readers, each featuring Bedford’s trademark care and quality. The readers in the series collect carefully chosen readings sufficient for an entire writing course—about 30 selections—to allow instructors to provide carefully developed, high-quality instruction at an affordable price. Bedford Spotlight Readers are designed to help students make inquiries from multiple perspectives, opening up topics such as money, food, sustainability, and gender to critical analysis. The readers are flexibly arranged in thematic chapters, each focusing in depth on a different facet of the central topic. An Editorial Board of more than a dozen compositionists at schools focusing on specific themes have assisted in the development of the series.

"I particularly like that each section poses a question and includes a selection of readings that respond to the question in different ways and from different perspectives. It’s a good way to illustrate to students that their writing should be in conversation with other texts and viewpoints."

—Jennifer Parrott, Bucknell University