Taking Stock: The Writing Process Movement in the '90s
Lad Tobin, Thomas Newkirk
Boynton/Cook, 1994 - Education - 287 pages
Until the late 1960s, English departments were almost exclusively literature departments. The teaching of writing was seen only as an apprenticeship for graduate students and part-timers who hoped to move on soon to more gratifying work, and most students' writing processes consisted of "procrastinate, write, hand in, hope for the best". Taking Stock examines how all of this changed. Advocates of the writing process movement, though diverse in their training and interests, offered a new vision of composition teaching and research. More than twenty-five years after the appearance of these radically new ideas, Taking Stock reassesses the ways that the writing process has been taught, institutionalized, researched, and theorized. A collection of articles drawn from the University of New Hampshire's historic 1992 conference on the writing process movement, Taking Stock presents some of the major figures - such as James Britton, Peter Elbow, Ken Macrorie, James Moffett, and Donald Murray - who reflect on their early contributions in light of contemporary developments. Other contributors offer new answers to persistent questions - about gender and authority in process classrooms; about why authors, teachers, and scholars use such different language when they talk about the writing process; about the search for the self in an age of postmodernism. Written in a style that is both personal and academic, practical and theoretical, Taking Stock is an accessible and timely book.
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