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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This collection of essays, culled from presentations at the first Thomas R. Watson Conference in Rhetoric and Composition, examines the development of composition as a profession, focusing on the period between 1963 and 1983 when composition changed in a number of crucial ways. Essays in the collection are: (1) "Composition History and Disciplinarity" (Robert J. Connors); (2) "Veterans' Stories on the Porch" (Lester Faigley); (3) "Paths Not Taken: Recovering History as Alternative Future" (Louise W. Phelps); (4) "Composition Research Agendas in the 1960s and 1970s" (Richard Lloyd-Jones); (5) "Early Work on Composing: Lessons and Illuminations" (Sondra Perl); (6) "The Expressive Menace" (James T. Zebroski); (7) "A Brief History of Writing Assessment in the Late Twentieth Century: The Writer Comes Center Stage" (Kathleen Blake Yancey); (8) "Rereading Feminism's Absence and Presence in Composition" (Kathleen A. Boardman and Joy Ritchie); (9) "Is There Still a Place for Rhetorical Historyin Composition Studies?" (Gerald P. Mulderig); (10) "The Developing Discipline of Composition: From Text Linguistics to Genre Theory" (Amy J. Devitt); (11) "Two Disciplinary Narratives for Non-Standard English in the Classroom: Citation Histories of Shaughnessy's 'Errors and Expectations' and Smitherman's 'Talkin' and Testifyin''" (Shirley K. Rose); (12) "Professionalizing Politics" (Richard Ohmann); (13) "Evocative Gestures in CCCC Chairs' Addresses" (Ellen L. Barton); (14) "Whispers from the Margin: A Class-based Interpretation of the Conflict between High School and College Writing Teachers" (Irvin Peckham); (15) "Professing Rhetoric and Composition: A Personal Odyssey" (Frank J. D'Angelo); (16) "Rethinking Research on Composing: Arguments for a New Research Agenda" (Lee Odell and Christina Lynn Prell); and (17) "Intellectual Bureaucrats: The Future of Employment in the Twilight of the Professions" (Richard E. Miller). Interspersed among the book's sections are oral histories collected during the conference. (NKA)

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Part II Agendas in Teaching and in Research
Part III Intellectual Influences and Disciplinary Narratives
Part IV The Development of a Profession
Part V Future Prospects and Challenges

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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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