Writing Ourselves into the Story: Unheard Voices from Composition Studies

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The twenty-three selections in this volume are essays, research studies, and personal narratives by the "silent majority" in composition studies: teachers and researchers with viewpoints that Sheryl I. Fontaine and Susan Hunter note are often voiced in private conversations but seldom printed in scholarly journals or aired at professional conferences.

Rather than focusing on the traditional categories of pedagogy and research, Fontaine and Hunter organize the essays into four ...

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Overview

The twenty-three selections in this volume are essays, research studies, and personal narratives by the "silent majority" in composition studies: teachers and researchers with viewpoints that Sheryl I. Fontaine and Susan Hunter note are often voiced in private conversations but seldom printed in scholarly journals or aired at professional conferences.

Rather than focusing on the traditional categories of pedagogy and research, Fontaine and Hunter organize the essays into four sections: the invisible pedagogue of the discipline, the model of power that dominates composition, the ever-present but seldom heard student voice, and other voices excluded from professional development in composition studies.

Contributors discuss the barriers they face as teachers, of being overwhelmed by the reality of some of their students’ lives. Essayists raise questions about teaching practices that are sometimes homophobic and the effects on gay and lesbian students of the canonization of mainstream heterosexual texts. They probe the exploitation of untenured, part-time faculty—"second-class professionals" whose work is not taken seriously by their colleagues.

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Collects 23 essays, research studies, and personal narratives on topics connected with teaching composition, topics and "voices" rarely found in scholarly journals or at professional conferences. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780809318278
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 383
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheryl I. Fontaine is an assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton.

Susan Hunter is an associate professor in English at Kennesaw State College in Marietta, Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Taking the Risk to Be Heard 1
Pt. 1 Lives Under Cover 21
1 Tosca Was a Woman 23
2 Invisible Diversity: Gay and Lesbian Students Writing Our Way into the Academy 29
3 Freeway Flyers: The Migrant Workers of the Academy 40
4 Looking for a Gate in the Fence 59
5 The Dangers of Teaching Differently 70
At the Risk of Being Personal... Hearing Our Own Voices: Life-saving Stories 89
Pt. 2 Seduction and Suspicion 105
6 The Fate of the Wyoming Resolution: A History of Professional Seduction 107
7 Composition Teaching as "Women's Work": Daughters, Handmaids, Whores, and Mothers 123
8 Directing Without Power: Adventures in Constructing a Model of Feminist Writing Programs Administration 140
9 Tales Too Terrible to Tell: Unstated Truths and Underpreparation in Graduate Composition Programs 154
At the Risk of Being Personal... Seeking Aunt Beast: A Collage Essay 177
Pt. 3 "But You Never Asked!" 195
10 Students' Stories and the Variable Gaze of Composition Research 197
11 Student Voices: How Students Define Themselves as Writers 215
12 Privacy, Peers, and Process: Conflicts in the Composition Classroom 229
13 Rites of Passage: Reflections on Disciplinary Enculturation in Composition 246
At the Risk of Being Personal... Appearance as Shield: Reflections about Middle-Class Lives on the Boundary 269
Pt. 4 Staking a Claim 291
14 Writing in the Margins: A Search for Community College Voices 293
15 Resuscitating a Terminal Degree: A Reconceptualization of the M.A. in Composition 322
16 Robert Zoellner's Talk-Write Pedagogy 335
17 Gender in Composition Research: A Strange Silence 352
At the Risk of Being Personal..."As We Share, We Move into the Light" 377
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