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Everyone Can Write: Essays toward a Hopeful Theory of Writing and Teaching Writing / Edition 1

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Overview


With Writing without Teachers (OUP 1975) and Writing with Power (OUP 1995) Peter Elbow revolutionized the teaching of writing. His process method--and its now commonplace "free writing" techniques--liberated generations of students and teachers from the emphasis on formal principles of grammar that had dominated composition pedagogy.

This new collection of essays brings together the best of Elbow's writing since the publication of Embracing Contraries in 1987. The volume includes sections on voice, the experience of writing, teaching, and evaluation. Implicit throughout is Elbow's commitment to humanizing the profession, and his continued emphasis on the importance of binary thinking and nonadversarial argument. The result is a compendium of a master teacher's thought on the relation between good pedagogy and good writing; it is sure to be of interest to all professional teachers of writing, and will be a valuable book for use in composition courses at all levels.

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"This volume belongs in the library of everyone who teaches or studies composition theory.... This collection,...drawn from three decades of musings and reflections, demands the attention of anyone seriously interested in teaching writing."--The Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195104165
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/27/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Sales rank: 728,949
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Elbow is Professor of English and Director of the writing program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2001, he received the James R. Squire Award from the National Council of Teachers of English "for his transforming influence and lasting intellectual contribution to the English Profession."

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I Premises and Foundations 1
1 Literacy at Oxford and Harvard: Reflections on the Inability to Write 5
2 A Map of Writing in Terms of Audience and Response 28
3 The Uses of Binary Thinking 48
Pt. II The Generative Dimension 81
4 Freewriting and the Problem of Wheat and Tares 85
5 Closing My Eyes as I Speak: An Argument for Ignoring Audience 93
6 Toward a Phenomenology of Freewriting 113
Pt. III Speech, Writing, and Voice 145
7 The Shifting Relationships Between Speech and Writing 149
8 Voice in Literature 168
9 Silence: A Collage 173
10 What Is Voice in Writing? 184
Pt. IV Discourses 229
11 Reflections on Academic Discourse: How It Relates to Freshmen and Colleagues 235
12 In Defense of Private Writing: Consequences for Theory and Research 257
13 The War Between Reading and Writing - and How to End It 281
14 Your Cheatin' Art: A Collage 300
Pt. V Teaching 319
15 Inviting the Mother Tongue: Beyond "Mistakes," "Bad English;' and "Wrong Language" 323
16 High Stakes and Low Stakes in Assigning and Responding to Writing 351
17 Breathing Life into the Text 360
18 Using the Collage for Collaborative Writing 372
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