Teaching Writing: Landmarks and Horizons

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Christina Russell McDonald, Robert L. McDonald
SIU Press, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 301 pages
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By its arrangement and its contents, this collection of essays performs at least two important functions for teachers of writing: it demonstrates that the work of our recent past is still valuable, and it contributes to the efforts of recent years to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Such a new vision of our history and a new level of understanding between practitioners and theorists could provide the foundation for a more productive, enlightened disciplinary future, explains Gary Tate in the foreword to this collection. Teaching Writing: Landmarks and Horizons, edited by Christina Russell McDonald and Robert L. McDonald, is designed to present an overview of some of the major developments in the establishment of composition studies as a field during the past thirty-five years. The essays are theoretically grounded but are focused on pedagogy as well. Divided into two parts, the first presents nine landmark essays, selected and introduced by distinguished composition scholars, and the second brings together eight new essays by emerging scholars.

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Christina Russell McDonald is an associate professor of English and Institute Director of Writing at Virginia Military Institute. She is the coeditor with Robert L. McDonald of Teaching Composition in the 90s: Sites of Contention.

Robert L. McDonald is a professor of English and the associate dean for Academic Affairs at Virginia Military Institute. His publications include two books on the American writer Erskine Caldwell and, most recently, Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in Literary History and Criticism.

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