ERIC Number: ED335693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
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Blurring Genres, Crossing Boundaries, and Calling the Question: The Dissertation at SUNY Albany.
Dissertations are products of the places and times in which they are written. For one graduate student, enrolling in the doctoral program at State University of New York (SUNY) Albany, however, not only demonstrated how creative writers, composition teachers and theorists can mix together, but also illustrated that dissertation writing is not a solitary activity at SUNY. Students at all levels of study are the first readers of each other's chapters and drafts. Genres blur, boundaries are crossed, and much writing happens. Poets, fiction writers, and writing consultants wrote rhetoric and composition dissertations which arose from interrogations of their own and institutional practices. All of the dissertations were viewed by their writers as provisional statements--not a life's work--and were completed within the 3 years of assistantship or fellowship support given to fulltime doctoral students. In addition, all of the writers are employed in colleges or universities, continuing the 100% placement rate in the rhetoric and composition portion of SUNY Albany's doctoral program. Students at SUNY not only write dissertations, but students and professors read them as well. (PRA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: State University of New York Albany; Writing contexts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).