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The Dissertation & the Discipline: Reinventing Composition Studies / Edition 1

The Dissertation & the Discipline: Reinventing Composition Studies / Edition 1


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The Dissertation & the Discipline: Reinventing Composition Studies / Edition 1

Writing a dissertation can be joyful and reaffirming, but it can also feel like wandering into a labyrinth where dimly lit pathways twist and turn toward disaster. What is a dissertation supposed to look like? What is a dissertation supposed to do? Who is supposed to-or allowed to-decide?

The Dissertation & the Discipline brings together both dissertation writers and advisors to grapple with these questions and formulate answers. Each chapter highlights the intersection of power and politics in this high-stakes rhetorical scene while exploring and describing a range of productive strategies. Critiquing standard narratives and traditional assumptions, The Dissertation & the Discipline offers a radical critique of dissertation writing and advising-and challenges us to consider how these practices can be deployed to expand our understanding of the very nature of Composition Studies.

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ISBN-13: 9780867095203
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 09/06/2002
Series: CrossCurrents Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nancy Welch is the author/coeditor of the Boynton/Cook titles Living Room (2008), The Dissertation and the Discipline: Reinventing Composition Studies (2002), and Getting Restless: Rethinking Revision in Writing Instruction (1997). She is Professor of English at the University of Vermont, where she teaches composition, rhetoric, literacy studies, and women's studies. She has also published a collection of short stories, The Road from Prosperity. Catherine G. Latterell is an assistant professor of English at Penn State University, Altoona. Cindy Moore is an assistant professor of English and director of composition at St. Cloud State University. Sheila Carter-Tod is an assistant professor of English and associate director of composition at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Table of Contents

Part 1(Re)Writing the Dissertation Initiation Ritual
1Writing Selves, Establishing Academic Identity1
2Behind the Accordion-Shaped Door, or Living the Questions of a Personal Academic Dissertation13
3Participation: On an Ethics of Beginnings24
4Other Than Oedipus: Sideshadowing Tales of Dissertation Authority 3434
Part 2Locating and Pluralizing Advising
5Dissertation Writing and Advising in a Postmodern Age45
6Mothers, Spinsters, Othermothers: Metaphors for Women Mentors and Their Students55
7"She Herself Is the Writing," But the Form Doesn't Fit: The Dissertation as a Site of Becoming66
Part 3Writing Between Tradition and Change
8Writing Wrong: The Dissertation as Dissent79
9The Multiple Voices in the Dissertation and Beyond90
10The Personal Narrative in Dissertation Writing: A Matter of Academic Honesty101
11Dissertating in a Digital Age: The Future of Composition Scholarship110
Part 4So What Is a Dissertation for--And What Comes Next?119
12Why Write a Dissertation?119
13"You Both Looked the Same to Me": Collaboration as Subversion126
14In Search of My "Jingle": Reconciling Voice and Identity After the Dissertation Defense137
Works Cited147

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