History, Reflection, and Narrative: The Professionalization of Composition, 1963-1983

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Mary Rosner, Beth Boehm, Debra Journet
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - Education - 352 pages
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On October 9-12, 1996, over 400 scholars, researchers, and teachers gathered at the University of Louisville for the first Thomas R. Watson Conference in Rhetoric and Composition. History, Reflection, and Narrative combines oral histories and reflections collected from the featured speakers at the Conference-scholars, teachers, and researchers whose work has been among the most influential in composition's development-with critical perspectives on the period from 1963 to 1983 by another generation of scholars, many of whom will play an important role in defining composition's future. This book offers an important contribution to our ongoing understanding of how composition came to be the profession it is, how the present builds on the past, and how the present may challenge the future.

 

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Contents

Composition History and Disciplinarity
3
Veterans Stories on the Porch
23
Paths Not Taken Recovering History as Alternate Future
39
Research Forums and Agendas in Composition Studies
59
Composition Research Agendas in the 1960s and 1970s
73
Early Work on Composing Lessons and Illuminations
83
The Expressivist Menace
99
A Brief History of Writing Assessment in the Late Twentieth Century The Writer Comes Center Stage
115
The Breadth of Composition Studies Professionalization and Interdisciplinary
205
Classical Rhetoric in the Present and Future of Composition Studies
215
Professionalizing Politics
227
Evocative Gestures in CCCC Chairs Addresses
235
Whispers from the Margin A Classbased Interpretation of the Conflict between High School and College Writing Teachers
253
Professing Rhetoric and Composition A Personal Odyssey
269
Discourse and Politics in Composition Studies
283
Rethinking Research on Composing Arguments for a New Research Agenda
295

Process Theory and the Shape of Composition Studies
129
Rereading Feminisms Absence and Presence in Composition
143
1s There Still a Place for Rhetorical History in Composition Studies?
163
The Developing Discipline of Composition From Text Linguistics to Genre Theory
177
Two Disciplinary Narratives for Nonstandard English in the Classroom Citation Histories of Shaughnessys Errors and Expectations and Smithermans ...
187
Intellectual Bureaucrats The Future of Employment in the Twilight of the Profession
321
Working Inside and Outside Composition Studies
333
Author Index
343
Subject Index
349
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About the author (1999)

MARY ROSNER is Associate Professor of English, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in composition, rhetoric, and literature. Her current interests are interdiciplinary: feminist readings of science, Victorian science and fiction, and the making of knowledge in composition theory.

BETH BOEHM is Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she also directs graduate studies in English. She teaches and writes about British Literature, Rhetoric, and Narrative Threory.

DEBRA JOURNET is Professor and Chair of English at the University of Louisville. Her research focuses on the rhetoric of science and has appeared in such journals as Written Communication, Social Epistemology, Mosaic, and Technical Communication Quarterly.

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