Writers Without Borders

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In WRITERS WITHOUT BORDERS: WRITING AND TEACHING WRITING IN TROUBLED TIMES, Lynn Z. Bloom presents groundbreaking research on the nature of essays and on the political, philosophical, ethical, and pragmatic considerations that influence how we read, write, and teach them in times troubled by terrorism, transgressive students, and uses and abuses of the Internet. WRITERS WITHOUT BORDERS reinforces Bloom's reputation for presenting innovative and sophisticated research with a writer's art and a teacher's heart. Each of the eleven essays addresses in its own way the essay itself as one way to live and learn with others.

Lynn Z. Bloom is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Aetna Chair of Writing at the University of Connecticut. She has authored or edited numerous books, including COMPOSITION STUDIES AS A CREATIVE ART (1998), THE SEVEN DEADLY VIRTUES (2008), THE ARLINGTON READER (2008), THE ESSAY CONNECTION (9th ed. 2008), and two volumes of COMPOSITION STUDIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY (1996). Her many essays have appeared in COLLEGE ENGLISH, WRITING ON THE EDGE, PEDAGOGY, and elsewhere.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602350601
  • Publisher: Parlor Press
  • Publication date: 8/13/2008
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Academic essays and the vertical pronoun 11

2 The essay canon 25

3 The essayist in - and behind - the essay : vested writers, invested readers 56

4 Compression - when less says more 71

5 Writing textbooks in/for times of trauma 79

6 The great process paradigm and its legacy for the twenty-first century 92

7 The ineluctable elitism of essays and why they prevail in first-year composition courses 108

8 Good enough writing 123

9 The good, the bad, and the ugly : ethical principles for dealing with students and student writing in teachers' publications - and in the abyss beyond 139

10 Insider writing : plagiarism-proof assignments 163

11 Negotiating the grading contract : no more lobbying, bullying or crying 172

Notes 195

Works cited 205

About the author 221

Index 223

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