Composition Studies in the New Millennium: Rereading the Past, Rewriting the Future / Edition 3

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A collection of twenty-four essays assessing and challenging the current state of writing instruction, Composition Studies in the New Millennium: Rereading the Past, Rewriting the Future emerges from presentations given at the national Writing Program Administrators conference held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 2001. Like its acclaimed and widely used predecessor, Composition in the Twenty-First Century: Crisis and Change, this timely collection by the leading scholars in composition studies responds to concerns about the evolution and future of this field of study. Charting new directions, the contributors grapple with seven distinct questions: What do we mean by composition studies -- past, present, and future? What do and should we teach when we teach composition? Where will composition be taught, and who will teach it? What theories and philosophies will undergird our research paradigms, and what will those paradigms be? How will new technologies change composition studies? What anguages will our students write, and what will they write about? What political and social issues have shaped composition studies in the past and will shape this field in the future? In addressing these queries, the essayists approach composition studies from perspectives ranging from rhetorical to cultural, political to economic, administrative to technological; and they do so with a style and organization appropriate for composition instructors, scholars, and administrators at all levels, from teaching assistants to college presidents. The result proffers an invaluable vision of the future of composition studies in the new millennium.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809325221
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/2003
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Z. Bloom is the Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Aetna Chair of Writing at the University of Connecticut. 

Donald A. Daiker is a professor of English at Miami University.

Edward M. White, professor emeritus of English at California State University, serves as an adjunct professor of English at the University of Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Challenges and Invitations for Composition Studies in the New Millennium 1
1 Three Mysteries at the Heart of Writing 10
Pt. 1 What Do We Mean by Composition Studies - Past, Present, and Future?
2 The Great Paradigm Shift and Its Legacy for the Twenty-First Century 31
3 Why Composition Studies Disappeared and What Happened Then 48
4 No Discipline? Composition's Professional Identity Crisis 57
Pt. 2 What Do/Should We Teach When We Teach Composition?
5 Because Teaching Composition Is (Still) Mostly about Teaching Composition 65
6 Education for Irrelevance? Or, Joining Our Colleagues in Lit Crit on the Sidelines of the Information Age 78
7 The Juggler 88
Pt. 3 Where Will Composition Be Taught and Who Will Teach It?
8 Reimagining the Landscape of Composition in the Twenty-First Century: Contingent Faculty and the Profession 97
9 Twenty-First-Century Composition: The Two-Year-College Perspective 111
10 Vertical Writing Programs in Departments of Rhetoric and Writing 121
Pt. 4 What Theories, Philosophies Will Undergrid Our Research Paradigms? And What Will Those Paradigms Be?
11 Ethics and the Future of Composition Research 129
12 A Methodology of Our Own 142
13 Celebrating Diversity (in Methodology) 151
Pt. 5 How Will New Technologies Change Composition Studies?
14 Under the Radar of Composition Programs: Glimpsing the Future Through Case Studies of Literacy in Electronic Contexts 157
15 The Challenge of the Multimedia Essay 174
16 Multimedia Literacy: Confessions of a Nonmajor 188
Pt. 6 What Languages Will Our Students Write, and What Will They Write About?
17 Composition's Word Work: Deliberating How to Do Language 193
18 Working with Difference: Critical Race Studies and the Teaching of Composition 208
19 From Classroom to Program 222
Pt. 7 What Political and Social Issues Have Shaped Composition Studies in the Past and Will Shape This Field in the Future?
20 Composition and the Critical Moment 227
21 The Uses of Literacy in a Globalized, Post-September 11 World 237
22 Teaching after September 11 252
Conclusion: Everything Has Changed; Nothing Has Changed 256
Works Cited 263
Contributors 283
Index 289
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