History, Reflection, and Narrative: The Professionalization of Composition 1963-1983 / Edition 1

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On October 9-12, 1996, over 400 scholars, researchers, and teachers gathered at the University of Louisville for the first Thomas R. Watson Conference in Rhetoric and Composition. History, Reflection, and Narrative combines oral histories and reflections collected from the featured speakers at the Conference-scholars, teachers, and researchers whose work has been among the most influential in composition's development-with critical perspectives on the period from 1963 to 1983 by another generation of scholars, many of whom will play an important role in defining composition's future. This book offers an important contribution to our ongoing understanding of how composition came to be the profession it is, how the present builds on the past, and how the present may challenge the future.

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Meet the Author

MARY ROSNER is Associate Professor of English, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in composition, rhetoric, and literature.

BETH BOEHM is Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she also directs graduate studies in English.

DEBRA JOURNET is Professor and Chair of English at the University of Louisville.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Debra Journet, Beth Boehm, and Mary Rosner


Composition History and Disciplinarity by Robert J. Connors

Veterans' Stories on the Porch by Lester Faigley

Paths Not Taken: Recovering History as Alternative Future by Louise W. Phelps

Watson Conference Oral History #1: Research Forums and Agendas in Composition Studies by Carol Berkenkotter, Lester Faigley, Richard Larson, and Stephen Witte


Composition Research Agendas in the 1960s and 1970s by Richard Lloyd-Jones

Early Work on Composing: Lessons and Illuminations by Sondra Perl

The Expressivist Menace by James T. Zebroski

A Brief History of Writing Assessment in the Late Twentieth Century: The Writer Comes Center Stage by Kathleen Blake Yancey

Watson Conference Oral History #2: Process Theory and the Shape of Composition Studies by Deborah Brandt, Janet Emig, and Sondra Perl


Rereading Feminism's Absence and Presence in Composition by Kathleen A. Boardman and Joy Ritchie

Is There Still a Place for Rhetorical History in Composition Studies? by Gerald P. Mulderig

The Developing Discipline of Composition: From Text Linguistics to Genre Theory by Amy J. Devitt

Two Disciplinary Narratives for Non-Standard English in the Classroom: Citation Histories of Shaughnessy's Errors and Expectations and Smitherman's Talkin' and Testifyin' by Shirley K. Rose

Watson Conference Oral History #3: The Breadth of Composition Studies: Professionalization and Interdisciplinary by Joseph Comprone, Lisa Ede, Peter Elbow, Janice Lauer, Andrea Lunsford, andRichard Young

Watson Conference Oral History #4: Classical Rhetoric in the Present and Future of Composition Studies by Edward P.J. Corbett, Frank D'Angelo, Winifred Horner, James Kinneavy, and C. Jan Swearingen


Professionalizing Politics by Richard Ohmann

Evocative Gestures in CCCC Chairs' Addresses, Ellen L. Barton. Whispers from the Margin: A Class-based Interpretation of the Conflict Between High School and College Writing Teachers by Irvin Peckham

Professing Rhetoric and Composition: A Personal Odyssey by Frank J. D'Angelo

Watson Conference Oral History #5: Discourse and Politics in Composition Studies by David Bartholomae, Pat Bizzell, Patty Harkin, and Richard Ohmann


Rethinking Research on Composing: Arguments for a New Research Agenda by Lee Odell and Christina Lynn Prell

Intellectual-Bureaucrats: The Future of Employment in the Twilight of the Professions by Richard E. Miller

Watson Conference Oral History #6: Working Inside and Outside Composition Studies by Charles Bazerman, Charles Cooper, Richard Lloyd-Jones, and Lee Odell

Author Index

Subject Index

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