Composition in the Twenty-first Century: Crisis and Change

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Lynn Z. Bloom, Donald A. Daiker, Edward Michael White
SIU Press, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 306 pages
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The essays in this book, stemming from a national conference of the same name, focus on the single subject required of nearly all college students—composition.

Despite its pervasiveness and its significance, composition has an unstable status within the curriculum. Writing programs and writing faculty are besieged by academic, political, and financial concerns that have not been well understood or addressed.

At many institutions, composition functions paradoxically as both the gateway to academic success and as the gatekeeper, reducing access to academic work and opportunity for those with limited facility in English. Although writing programs are expected to provide services that range from instruction in correct grammar to assisting—or resisting—political correctness, expanding programs and shrinking faculty get caught in the crossfire. The bottom line becomes the firing line as forces outside the classroom determine funding and seek to define what composition should do.

In search of that definition, the contributors ask and answer a series of specific and salient questions: What implications—intellectual, political, and institutional—will forces outside the classroom have on the quality and delivery of composition in the twenty-first century? How will faculty and administrators identify and address these issues? What policies and practices ought we propose for the century to come?

This book features sixteen position papers by distinguished scholars and researchers in composition and rhetoric; most of the papers are followed by invited responses by other notable compositionists. In all, twenty-five contributors approach composition from a wide variety of contemporary perspectives: rhetorical, historical, social, cultural, political, intellectual, economic, structural, administrative, and developmental. They propose solutions applicable to pedagogy, research, graduate training of composition teachers, academic administration, and public and social policy. In a very real sense, then, this is the only book to offer a map to the future of composition.

 

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Contents

What Is Composition and if you know what that is Why Do
11
Voices from the Community College Sylvia
29
Inventing the University Student Response by Kurt Spellmeyer
39
A Short History Robert
47
CurrentTraditional Rhetoric and Process Models
64
Suzuki Method Composition in the 21st Century
75
A Utopian View Peter
83
Will Writing Teachers
101
Enlarging the Community Response by Erika Lindemann
177
Moving Writing Research into the 21st Century Sarah Warshauer
183
The Death of Paradigm Hope the End of Paradigm Guilt and
194
Research Teaching and Public Policy Response by Sandra
208
English Studies Work and Politics in the New Economy James
215
Dilemmas of Identity Shirley Brice
226
Composition in a New Economic and Social
243
Literate Action Linda Flower
249

Huot
112
The Long Revolution in Composition Anne Ruggles Gere
119
Writing Instruction and the Politics of Professionalization John
133
Seeking a Disciplinary Reformation Response by Charles I
146
Whom Should Composition Teach and What
153
Are They Kissing
166
What Is at Stake
261
Mapping Compositions New Geography Lynn Z Bloom
273
Works Cited
281
Contributors
297
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About the author (1996)

Lynn Z. Bloom is a professor of English and the Aetna Chair of Writing at the University of Connecticut.

Donald A. Daiker
is a professor of English at Miami University.



Edward M. White
is a professor of English at California State University, San Bernardino

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