Ecocomposition: Theoretical and Pedagogical Approaches

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Explores the intersections between writing and ecological studies.
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β€œAn intriguing intellectual ride, this is a book that enables one to actually do something tangible rather than theorize amongst other like-minded theorists. There is simply no other book like it.” β€” Stuart C. Brown, coeditor of Green Culture: Environmental Rhetoric in Contemporary America
These essays explore the intriguing cross-disciplinary results of written composition pursued with an ecological and environmental awareness. The contributors (American academics and two graduate students in English, writing, or composition) provide essays on their own experiences of teaching eco-composition to undergraduates, or their theories on the usefulness of the medium, from feminist, postmodernist, and environmentalist perspectives. Weisser teaches English at the U. of Hawaii, Hilo; Dobrin teaches English at the U. of Florida. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791449400
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Foreword Marilyn M. Cooper

Breaking New Ground in Ecocomposition: An Introduction
Christian R. Weisser and Sidney I. Dobrin

Writing Takes Place
Sidney I. Dobrin

Sustainable Composition
Derek Owens

Ecology, Alienation. and Literacy: Constraints and Possibilities in Ecocomposition
M. Jimmie Killingsworth and John Krajicek

The Politics of Place: Student Travelers and Pedagogical Maps
Julie Drew

The Ecology of Genre
Anis Bawarshi

Ecocomposition and the Greening of Identity
Christian R. Weisser

Great Divides: Rhetorics of Literacy and Orality
Randall Roorda

The Wilderness Strikes Back: Decolonizing the Imperial Sign in the Borderlands
Stephen G. Brown

Education and Environmental Literacy: Reflections on Teaching Ecocomposition in Keene State College's Environmental House
Mark C. Long

The Liberatory Positioning of Place in Ecocomposition: Reconsidering Paulo Freire
Arlene Plevin

Ecofeminism and Ecocomposition: Pedagogies, Perspectives, and Intersections
Greta Gaard

Ecology and Composition Studies: A Feminist Perspective on Living Relationships
Colleen Connolly

The Ecology of Writerly Voice: Authorship, Ethos, and Persona
Christopher J. Keller

Service Learning and Ecocomposition: Developing Sustainable Practices through Inter- and Extradisciplinarity
Annie Merrill Ingram

Restoring Bioregions Through Applied Composition
Paul Lindholdt

"Written In Its Own Season": Nature as Ground in the Postmodern World
Edward Lotto

Don't Forget to Argue: Problems, Possibilities, and Ecocomposition
David Thomas Sumner

Writing Home: Composition, Campus Ecology, and Webbed Environments
Bradley John Monsma


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