Ecocomposition: Theoretical and Pedagogical Approaches

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SUNY Press, Mar 1, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 300 pages
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Ecocomposition examines current trends in universities toward more environmentally sound work, explores the intersections between composition research—that is, discourse studies—and ecostudies, and offers possible pedagogies for the composition classroom. Never before have the intersections between ecotheory and composition studies in theory and pedagogy been addressed in this much depth or detail. As universities become increasingly concerned with issues of the environment within academic disciplines across the spectrum, this book brings together a diverse group of prominent voices to discuss the development of ecocomposition and its possibilities, and to argue for a greening of composition studies through which to engage the world in which we live.
 

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Contents

An Introduction
1
Writing Takes Place
11
Sustainable Composition
27
Constraints and Possibilities in Ecocomposition
39
Student Travelers and Pedagogical Maps
57
The Ecology of Genre
69
Ecocomposition and the Greening of Identity
81
Rhetorics of Literacy and Orality
97
Pedagogies Perspectives and Intersections
163
A Feminist Perspective on Living Relationships
179
Authorship Ethos and Persona
193
Developing Sustainable Practices through Inter and Extradisciplinarity
209
Restoring Bioregions Through Applied Composition
235
Nature as Ground in the Postmodern World
253
Problems Possibilities and Ecocomposition
265
Composition Campus Ecology and Webbed Environments
281

Decolonizing the Imperial Sign in the Borderlands
117
Reflections on Teaching Ecocomposition in Keene State Colleges Environmental House
131
Reconsidering Paulo Freire
147
Contributors
291
Index
297
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About the author (2001)

Christian R. Weisser is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Hawaii (Hilo).

Sidney I. Dobrin is Associate Professor of English and the Director of Writing Programs at the University of Florida. He is the author of Constructing Knowledges: The Politics of Theory-Building and Pedagogy in Composition, and the coeditor (with Lynn Worsham and Gary A. Olson) of The Kinneavy Papers: Theory and the Study of Discourse, and (with Gary A. Olson) Composition Theory for the Postmodern Classroom, all from SUNY Press.

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