Composition as a Cultural Practice

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France presents a comprehensive critique of composition theory and pedagogy from a leftist perspective. He contests the notion that composition courses have no content and are only skills courses, devoid of intellectual suppositions and cultural premises. Writing instructors should therefore focus on teaching students how to retextualize contemporary cultural practices and become proficient in dissenting from as well as affirming the status quo. Each chapter extends the argument for a critical composition ...

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Overview

France presents a comprehensive critique of composition theory and pedagogy from a leftist perspective. He contests the notion that composition courses have no content and are only skills courses, devoid of intellectual suppositions and cultural premises. Writing instructors should therefore focus on teaching students how to retextualize contemporary cultural practices and become proficient in dissenting from as well as affirming the status quo. Each chapter extends the argument for a critical composition practice from theory into explicit, detailed narratives of composition techniques and analysis. Issues covered are the implicit ideology and curricular function of composition, the definition of a materialist rhetoric, the place of feminism in the writing classroom, the interrogation of dominant ideology in business and professional writing courses, the critique of knowledge making in the context of social-epistemic pedagogy, and the historical and rhetorical relations of religion to persuasion.

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ALAN W. FRANCE is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Composition at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1 Assigning Places: The Function of Introductory Composition as a Cultural Discourse 1
2 Toward a Materialist Rhetoric: Rewriting Hegemonic Discourses 19
3 Composing a Post-Sexist Rhetoric: Introductory Writing Instruction as a Cultural Production 37
4 Radical Pedagogy and Student Resistance: Can We Fight the Power? 51
5 Teaching the Dialectics of "Objective" Discourse: A Progressive Approach to Business and Professional Writing 63
6 Science and Self-Expression: The Cognitive Turn in Historical Retrospect 75
7 Pragmatism, Politics, and Social Epistemology in Composition Studies 95
8 Learning to Explain the "Inexplicable": Chronicle of an Introductory Academic Writing Course 117
9 Theology and Composition: Inscribing the Absent Other 139
Bibliography 161
Index 169
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