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On the Contrary
Essays by Men and Women
On the Contrary
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Martha Rainbolt - Editor
Janet Fleetwood - Editor
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Hardcover - 340 pages
Release Date: June 1984
ISBN10: 0-87395-736-9
ISBN13: 978-0-87395-736-6

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Paperback - 340 pages
Release Date: June 1984
ISBN10: 0-87395-720-2
ISBN13: 978-0-87395-720-5

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Summary

On The Contrary contains a balance of writings by men and women. The essays are presented in pairs, a man and a woman writing on each topic. This balanced juxtaposition allows students to discuss, think, and write about changing roles and relationships without being forced into either a feminist or traditionalist party line. The essays in each section reverberate suggestively with each other and this effect is reinforced by the discussion questions, writing topics, and introductory material.

"Rather than focusing on chimerical 'modes', the selections--as pairs--provide two often startlingly related perspectives. It would be fun to help students bounce Ecclesiastes off Suzanne Britt Jordan, or Goodman off Ciardi, or Steinem off Mano. And the 'bouncing' would not be only conceptual, but rhetorical and stylistic as well. Most everything shows up: the rolling power of the King James, Newsweekese, Morrow Lindbergh's extended metaphor, Mencken's wicked bite. A field day for us who love purpose, audience, and persona."--Stephen M. North


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Table of Contents

Part One: FRIENDS AND LOVERS

1. CONCEPTS OF MASCULINITY
1. Alan Alda, "What Every Woman Should Know about Men"
2. Esther Vilar, "What Is Man?"

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2. CONCEPTS OF FEMININITY
1. Dorothy Sayers, "The Human-Not-Quite-Human"
2. Ring Lardner, "Some Like Them Cold"

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3. LOVE
1. Eldridge Cleaver, "Prelude to Love - Three Letters
2. Lillian Hellman, "Dashiell Hammett

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4. FRIENDSHIP
1. C. S. Lewis, "Friendship"
2. Susan Lee, "Friendship, Feminism, and Betrayal"

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5. PERSONALITY CLASHES
1. Dorothy Parker, "Good Souls"
2. Samuel Johnson, "The Good Sort of Woman"

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Part Two: YOUTH AND MATURITY

6. THE STAGES OF LIFE
1. Aristotle, "Young Men and Elderly Men"
2. Simone de Beauvoir, "Introduction" from The Coming of Age

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7. GROWING UP
1. Nora Ephron, "A Few Words about Breasts"
2. E. B. White, "Afternoon of an American Boy"

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8. RAISING CHILDREN
1. Tillie Olsen, "I Stand Here Ironing"
2. Robert Paul Smith, "Let Your Kids Alone"

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9. GROWING OLDER
1. Susan Sontag, "The Double Standard of Aging"
2. Milton Mayer, "Commencement Address: What You Will Be"

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Part Three: KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION

10. ATTITUDES TOWARD FORMAL EDUCATION
1. H. L. Mencken, "Education"
2. Lissa Rotundo, "One-Year-Old Scholars"

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11. MOTIVATION AND RELUCTANCE
1. Winston Churchill, "School Days"
2. Jean Kerr, "The Poet and the Peasants"

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12. THE COLLEGE ATMOSPHERE
1. Mary McCarthy, The Vassar Girl"
2. William Zinsser, "College Pressures"

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13. ULTIMATE GOALS
1. William G. Perry, Jr, "Examsmanship and the Liberal Arts: A Study in Educational Epistemology"
2. Adrienne Rich, "Taking Women Students Seriously"

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Part Four: FREEDOM AND INDIVIDUALITY

14. SOCIETY AND THE INDIVIDUAL
1. John Stuart Mill, "Of Individuality, As One of the Elements of Well-Being"
2. Ilse Aichinger, "The Bound Man"

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15. MINORITY RIGHTS
1. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
2. Maya Angelou, "Mama and the Dentist"

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16. PRESCRIBED ROLES
1. Brigid Brophy, "Women: Invisible Cages"
2. D. Keith Mano, "Cruel Lib"

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17. SELF-ASSERTION
1. Manuel J. Smith, "Assertive Rights"
2. Margaret Halsey, "What's Wrong with 'Me, Me, Me'"

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Part Five: SUCCESS AND FAILURE

18. AMBITION: A SKEPTICAL VIEW
1. From Ecclesiastes, King James Version and The Living Bible translation, Chapters 1-3
2. Suzanne Britt Jordan, "That Lean and Hungry Look"

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19. AMBITION: AN AFFIRMATIVE VIEW
1. Muriel Jams and Dorothy Jongeward, "Winners and Losers"
2. Joseph Epstein, "The Virtues of Ambition: Some Kind Words for Money, Fame, and Power"

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20. WEALTH AND ACQUISITION
1. Andrew Carnegie, "The Gospel of Wealth"
2. Anne Morrow Lindbergh, "Channelled Whelk"

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21. FAME AND RECOGNITION
1. Daniel J. Boorstin, "From Hero to Celebrity"
2. Diana Trilling, "The Death of Marilyn Monroe"

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22. SELF-FULFILLMENT
1. Ellen Goodman, "Such Empty Options"
2. John Ciardi, "Is Everybody Happy?"

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23. BARRIERS TO SUCCESS
1. Loren Eiseley, "Obituary of a Bone Hunter"
2. Virginia Woolf, "Professions for Women"

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Appendix: ESSAYS ON THE WRITING PROCESS

1. Joan Didion, "On Keeping a Notebook"
2. Ursula LeGuin, "Fifteen Vultures, the Strop, and the Old Lady"
3. Jacques Barzun, "A Writer's Discipline"
4. Gail Godwin, "The Watcher at the Gates"
5. Richard Mitchell, "The Worm in the Brain"
6. Walker Gibson, "Hearing Voices: Tough Talk, Sweet Talk, Stuffy Talk"

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