Composition Theory for the Postmodern Classroom

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Gary A. Olson, Sidney I. Dobrin
SUNY Press, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 360 pages
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Composition Theory for the Postmodern Classroom is a collection of the most outstanding articles published in the Journal of Advanced Composition over the last decade. Together these essays represent the breadth and strength of composition scholarship that has fruitfully engaged with critical theory in its many manifestations. In drawing on the critical discourses of philosophers, feminists, literary theorists, African Americanists, cultural theorists, and others, these compositionists have enriched discourse in the field, broadened intellectual conceptions of the multiple roles and functions of discourse, and opened up an infinite number of questions and new possibilities for composition theory and pedagogy.
 

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Contents

A Philosophical Base in Hermeneutics
7
The Double Orthodox Curse
16
Literary Criticism as Composition
32
Women and Writing Blocks
49
Some Difficulties with Collaborative Learning
69
Becoming Aware of the Myth of Presence
82
Toward an Ethics of Teaching Writing in a Hazardous ContextThe University
93
Teaching Writing to African American Students
105
Paulo Freire and the Politics of Postcolonialism
193
Modern Composition Institutional Service and Cultural Studies
205
The Other Reader
225
A Reading of Lives on the Boundary
236
DissensusA Dream Deferred
254
Writing Reading
277
Externalism and the Production of Discourse
295
The Constructionist Dialogue in Composition
313

Rediscovering the Essay
121
A Cautionary Assay
132
Why Dont We Write What We Teach? And Publish It?
143
Sexism in Academic Styles of Learning
159
The Dialectic Suppression of Feminist Thought in Radical Pedagogy
176
A Meditation on Burkes Definitions
327
Afterword
340
Contributors
344
Index
350
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About the author (1994)

Gary A. Olson is Professor of English and teaches in the graduate program in rhetoric and composition at the University of South Florida. He is the author of Philosophy, Rhetoric, Literary Criticism: (Inter)views. Olson served as editor of the Journal of Advanced Composition from 1985-1994.

Sidney I. Dobrin teaches composition, technical writing, and professional writing for graduate students at the University of South Florida, where he serves as Associate Editor of JAC.

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