Composition in the Twenty-First Century: Crisis and Change

Composition in the Twenty-First Century: Crisis and Change

by Lynn Z. Bloom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0809321289

ISBN-13: 9780809321285

Pub. Date: 05/01/1997

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

The essays in this book, stemming from a national conference of the same name, focus on the single subject required of nearly all college students—composition.

Despite its pervasiveness and its significance, composition has an unstable status within the curriculum. Writing programs and writing faculty are besieged by academic, political, and financial

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The essays in this book, stemming from a national conference of the same name, focus on the single subject required of nearly all college students—composition.

Despite its pervasiveness and its significance, composition has an unstable status within the curriculum. Writing programs and writing faculty are besieged by academic, political, and financial concerns that have not been well understood or addressed.

At many institutions, composition functions paradoxically as both the gateway to academic success and as the gatekeeper, reducing access to academic work and opportunity for those with limited facility in English. Although writing programs are expected to provide services that range from instruction in correct grammar to assisting—or resisting—political correctness, expanding programs and shrinking faculty get caught in the crossfire. The bottom line becomes the firing line as forces outside the classroom determine funding and seek to define what composition should do.

In search of that definition, the contributors ask and answer a series of specific and salient questions: What implications—intellectual, political, and institutional—will forces outside the classroom have on the quality and delivery of composition in the twenty-first century? How will faculty and administrators identify and address these issues? What policies and practices ought we propose for the century to come?

This book features sixteen position papers by distinguished scholars and researchers in composition and rhetoric; most of the papers are followed by invited responses by other notable compositionists. In all, twenty-five contributors approach composition from a wide variety of contemporary perspectives: rhetorical, historical, social, cultural, political, intellectual, economic, structural, administrative, and developmental. They propose solutions applicable to pedagogy, research, graduate training of composition teachers, academic administration, and public and social policy. In a very real sense, then, this is the only book to offer a map to the future of composition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809321285
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1997
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface
Introduction: The New Geography of Composition1
1What Is Composition and (if you know what that is) Why Do We Teach It?11
2Order out of Chaos: Voices from the Community College29
3Inventing the University Student
Response by Kurt Spellmeyer39
4The Abolition Debate in Composition: A Short History47
5Around 1971: Current-Traditional Rhetoric and Process Models of Composing64
6Prim Irony: Suzuki Method Composition in the 21st Century
Response by C. Jan Swearingen75
7Writing Assessment in the 21st Century: A Utopian View83
8Writing Assessment Beyond the Classroom: Will Writing Teachers Play a Role?101
9The Need for a Theory of Writing Assessment
Response by Brian Huot112
10The Long Revolution in Composition119
11Writing Instruction and the Politics of Professionalization133
19Seeking a Disciplinary Reformation
Response by Charles I. Schuster146
13Disciplining Students: Whom Should Composition Teach and What Should They Know?153
14National Standards and College Composition: Are They Kissing Cousins or Natural Siblings?166
15Enlarging the Community
Response by Erika Lindemann177
16Moving Writing Research into the 21st Century183
17The Death of Paradigm Hope, the End of Paradigm Guilt, and the Future of (Research in) Composition194
18Research, Teaching, and Public Policy
Response by Sandra Stotsky208
19English Studies, Work, and Politics in the New Economy215
20Work, Class, and Categories: Dilemmas of Identity226
21Imagining the Future: Composition in a New Economic and Social Context
Response by Carol Petersen Hartzog243
22Literate Action249
23Intellectual Property in an Age of Information: What Is at Stake for Composition Studies?261
Conclusion: Mapping Composition's New Geography273
Works Cited281
Contributors297
Index301

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