Encounters: Readings for Advanced Composition

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Copyright: 2019

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Encounters: Readings for Advanced Composition features selections and an editorial viewpoint that is appropriate for advanced writing courses at Christian colleges or universities.

The publication fosters critical inquiry and response by challenging students to examine their own assumptions; to actively "hear" another voice and "see" another view; to analyze content, methods, and style; to exercise discernment; to evaluate and to synthesize ideas; and to apply insights to their own lives and cultures.

Encounters: Readings for Advanced Composition

  • Helps readers encounter particular problems-posed by modern notions of work, ecology, and historical validity and meaning. They are challenged to engage these issues within the perspective of a Christian world view.
  • Introduces students to the broad subjects of imagination and creativity, presenting selections that explore the aesthetic implications of Christian doctrine-particularly Creation and the Incarnation.
  • Features a workbook format, unusual in an anthology, in order to teach and encourage active reading skills.
  • Is interactive! Questions following each selection require students to mark or annotate the text, to analyze particulars of style or content, to explain relationships of textual units, and to question or apply the insights suggested by the readings.

Introduction

Part One: Experiencing Through Literature

 Chapter 1: Perspectives on Epistemology
 Helen Keller, The Day Language Came into My Life
 Virginia Stem Owens, Telling the Truth in Lies
 Luke Timothy Johnson, The Character of Historical Knowing

 Chapter 2: Perspectives on Men and Women
 Susan Glaspell, Trifles
 Robert Herrick, Delight in Disorder
 Ben Jonson, Still to Be Neat
 Robert Browning, My Last Duchess
 Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown
 Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour
 Andre Dubus, A Father’s Story
 William Russell Epperson, My Father Lies

 Chapter 3: Perspectives on Youth and Age
 William Shakespeare, Sonnet 73
 Robert Frost, Birches
 Dylan Thomas, Fern Hill
 Ernest Hemingway, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
 Helen Norris, Mrs. Moonlight
 Kay Boyle, Winter Night

 Chapter 4: Perspectives on the Self and the Other
 Eudora Welty, A Worn Path
 James Baldwin, Sonny’s Blues
 R. K. Narayan, A Horse and Two Goats
 Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Part Two: Identifying Assumptions and Worldview

 Chapter 5: Values and Beliefs
 Albert M. Wolters, from Creation Regained
 C. S. Lewis, The Poison of Subjectivism
 Glenn Tinder, Can We Be Good without God?

 Chapter 6: Vocation
 Dorothy L. Sayers, Why Work? from Ecclesiasticus 38–39
 G. K. Chesterton, The Little Birds Who Won’t Sing
 Rabindranath Tagore, The Man Had No Useful Work
 Thomas Merton, What Is a Monk?
 Richard Wilbur, A Plain Song for Comadre
 Ann Patchett, The Language of Faith
 Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens
 Synthesis/Essay Suggestions

 Chapter 7: Creation Care
 St. Francis of Assisi, The Canticle of Brother Sun
 Lynn White, Jr., The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis
 Wendell Berry, Christianity and the Survival of Creation
 Steven Bouma-Prediger, Is Christianity Responsible for the Ecological Crisis?
 Vincent Rossi, Seeing the Forest for the Trees
 Aldo Leopold, Thinking Like a Mountain
 Leslie Marmon Silko, Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imagination
 Mark Williams, Nightmare #4 (Extinction)
 W. S. Merwin, Unchopping a Tree
 W. S. Merwin, The Last One
 Synthesis/Essay Suggestions

Part Three: Encounters: Mystery and Manners

 Chapter 8: Christian Aesthetics
 Plato, Parable of the Cave
 Dorothy L. Sayers, Towards a Christian Aesthetic
 Madeleine L’Engle, from Icons of the True
 Richard Wilbur, A Baroque Wall-Fountain in the Villa Sciarra
 Synthesis/Essay Suggestions

Chapter 9: Myth, Fairy Tale, and the Moral Imagination
 Clyde S. Kilby, The Christian Imagination
 George MacDonald, The Fantastic Imagination
 Thomas Howard, Myth: A Flight to Reality
 C. S. Lewis, Myth Became Fact
 C. S. Lewis, Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s To Be Said
 G. K. Chesterton, Dragooning the Dragon
 J. R. R. Tolkien, from On Fairy Stories
 J. R. R. Tolkien, Leaf by Niggle
 George MacDonald, The Golden Key
 William Russell Epperson, The Unicorn Stalker
 Vigen Guroian, Awakening the Moral Imagination: Teaching Virtues through Fairy Tales
 Walter Wangerin, Jr., Flying the Night Wind
 Frederick Buechner, The Annunciation
 Synthesis/Essay Suggestions7

 Chapter 10: Epiphanies: The Transcendent Presence
 Julian of Norwich, from The Revelations of Divine Love
 Annie Dillard, A Field of Silence
 Annie Dillard, A Christmas Story
 Thomas Merton, from The General Dance
 William Wordsworth, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
 Robert Frost, Desert Places
 Walt Whitman, When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
 Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Caged Skylark
 Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spring
 Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spring and Fall
 Rainer Maria Rilke, Do Not Be Troubled, God
 Rainer Maria Rilke, You, Neighbor God
 Gjertrud Schnackenberg, Supernatural Love
 Li-Young Lee, The Gift
 Mark Williams, Blind
 Synthesis/Essay Suggestions

 Chapter 11: The Sacred Ordinary: The Incarnational Imagination
 Michelangelo, Mine Eyes That Are Enamored of Things Fair
 Thomas Howard, Mimesis and Incarnation
 Flannery O’Connor, Novelist and Believer
Flannery O’Connor, Parker’s Back
 Flannery O’Connor, The Displaced Person
 Vigen Guroian, The Iconographic Fiction of Flannery O’Connor
 C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
 Synthesis/Essay Suggestions

 Chapter 12: Christ and Culture
 J. Mark Bertrand, Imagining the Truth: Christians and Cultural Contribution
 James K. A. Smith, You Are What You Love: To Worship is Human
 Gregory Wolfe, Art, Faith, and the Stewardship of Culture
 Wang Anyi, The Destination

Mark Hall
William Epperson

Encounters: Readings for Advanced Composition features selections and an editorial viewpoint that is appropriate for advanced writing courses at Christian colleges or universities.

The publication fosters critical inquiry and response by challenging students to examine their own assumptions; to actively "hear" another voice and "see" another view; to analyze content, methods, and style; to exercise discernment; to evaluate and to synthesize ideas; and to apply insights to their own lives and cultures.

Encounters: Readings for Advanced Composition

  • Helps readers encounter particular problems-posed by modern notions of work, ecology, and historical validity and meaning. They are challenged to engage these issues within the perspective of a Christian world view.
  • Introduces students to the broad subjects of imagination and creativity, presenting selections that explore the aesthetic implications of Christian doctrine-particularly Creation and the Incarnation.
  • Features a workbook format, unusual in an anthology, in order to teach and encourage active reading skills.
  • Is interactive! Questions following each selection require students to mark or annotate the text, to analyze particulars of style or content, to explain relationships of textual units, and to question or apply the insights suggested by the readings.

Introduction

Part One: Experiencing Through Literature

 Chapter 1: Perspectives on Epistemology
 Helen Keller, The Day Language Came into My Life
 Virginia Stem Owens, Telling the Truth in Lies
 Luke Timothy Johnson, The Character of Historical Knowing

 Chapter 2: Perspectives on Men and Women
 Susan Glaspell, Trifles
 Robert Herrick, Delight in Disorder
 Ben Jonson, Still to Be Neat
 Robert Browning, My Last Duchess
 Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown
 Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour
 Andre Dubus, A Father’s Story
 William Russell Epperson, My Father Lies

 Chapter 3: Perspectives on Youth and Age
 William Shakespeare, Sonnet 73
 Robert Frost, Birches
 Dylan Thomas, Fern Hill
 Ernest Hemingway, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
 Helen Norris, Mrs. Moonlight
 Kay Boyle, Winter Night

 Chapter 4: Perspectives on the Self and the Other
 Eudora Welty, A Worn Path
 James Baldwin, Sonny’s Blues
 R. K. Narayan, A Horse and Two Goats
 Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Part Two: Identifying Assumptions and Worldview

 Chapter 5: Values and Beliefs
 Albert M. Wolters, from Creation Regained
 C. S. Lewis, The Poison of Subjectivism
 Glenn Tinder, Can We Be Good without God?

 Chapter 6: Vocation
 Dorothy L. Sayers, Why Work? from Ecclesiasticus 38–39
 G. K. Chesterton, The Little Birds Who Won’t Sing
 Rabindranath Tagore, The Man Had No Useful Work
 Thomas Merton, What Is a Monk?
 Richard Wilbur, A Plain Song for Comadre
 Ann Patchett, The Language of Faith
 Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens
 Synthesis/Essay Suggestions

 Chapter 7: Creation Care
 St. Francis of Assisi, The Canticle of Brother Sun
 Lynn White, Jr., The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis
 Wendell Berry, Christianity and the Survival of Creation
 Steven Bouma-Prediger, Is Christianity Responsible for the Ecological Crisis?
 Vincent Rossi, Seeing the Forest for the Trees
 Aldo Leopold, Thinking Like a Mountain
 Leslie Marmon Silko, Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imagination
 Mark Williams, Nightmare #4 (Extinction)
 W. S. Merwin, Unchopping a Tree
 W. S. Merwin, The Last One
 Synthesis/Essay Suggestions

Part Three: Encounters: Mystery and Manners

 Chapter 8: Christian Aesthetics
 Plato, Parable of the Cave
 Dorothy L. Sayers, Towards a Christian Aesthetic
 Madeleine L’Engle, from Icons of the True
 Richard Wilbur, A Baroque Wall-Fountain in the Villa Sciarra
 Synthesis/Essay Suggestions

Chapter 9: Myth, Fairy Tale, and the Moral Imagination
 Clyde S. Kilby, The Christian Imagination
 George MacDonald, The Fantastic Imagination
 Thomas Howard, Myth: A Flight to Reality
 C. S. Lewis, Myth Became Fact
 C. S. Lewis, Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s To Be Said
 G. K. Chesterton, Dragooning the Dragon
 J. R. R. Tolkien, from On Fairy Stories
 J. R. R. Tolkien, Leaf by Niggle
 George MacDonald, The Golden Key
 William Russell Epperson, The Unicorn Stalker
 Vigen Guroian, Awakening the Moral Imagination: Teaching Virtues through Fairy Tales
 Walter Wangerin, Jr., Flying the Night Wind
 Frederick Buechner, The Annunciation
 Synthesis/Essay Suggestions7

 Chapter 10: Epiphanies: The Transcendent Presence
 Julian of Norwich, from The Revelations of Divine Love
 Annie Dillard, A Field of Silence
 Annie Dillard, A Christmas Story
 Thomas Merton, from The General Dance
 William Wordsworth, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
 Robert Frost, Desert Places
 Walt Whitman, When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
 Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Caged Skylark
 Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spring
 Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spring and Fall
 Rainer Maria Rilke, Do Not Be Troubled, God
 Rainer Maria Rilke, You, Neighbor God
 Gjertrud Schnackenberg, Supernatural Love
 Li-Young Lee, The Gift
 Mark Williams, Blind
 Synthesis/Essay Suggestions

 Chapter 11: The Sacred Ordinary: The Incarnational Imagination
 Michelangelo, Mine Eyes That Are Enamored of Things Fair
 Thomas Howard, Mimesis and Incarnation
 Flannery O’Connor, Novelist and Believer
Flannery O’Connor, Parker’s Back
 Flannery O’Connor, The Displaced Person
 Vigen Guroian, The Iconographic Fiction of Flannery O’Connor
 C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
 Synthesis/Essay Suggestions

 Chapter 12: Christ and Culture
 J. Mark Bertrand, Imagining the Truth: Christians and Cultural Contribution
 James K. A. Smith, You Are What You Love: To Worship is Human
 Gregory Wolfe, Art, Faith, and the Stewardship of Culture
 Wang Anyi, The Destination

Mark Hall
William Epperson