ERIC Number: ED173820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Muse and the College of Engineering: Composition without Literature.
Uehling, Edward M.
Those who argue for the inclusion of literature in composition courses point out that English teachers must teach from their area of expertise and that the use of literature endorses creative and imaginative use of language, avoids what is merely utilitarian and boring, and promotes growth in thinking. Those who oppose the use of literature in teaching composition argue future social utility and personal welfare, conceive of students as bureaucratic communicators, and concentrate on teaching subskills. The intentions of both groups seem possible and necessary. Using the prose essay-as well as poetry, fiction, and drama-allows students to see the connection between form and content and to use a form that they will regularly use. Composition teachers need to see their courses as beginning a process, as helping the students' interest and belief in language support a general growth of intellectual curiosity, and as service courses. To regard the prose essay as literature is crucial to a clear perception of composition. (TJ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (30th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 5-7, 1979)