ERIC Number: ED290164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
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Writing as Skills, Fine Arts, or Humanities: Implications for the Writing Center.
Anderson, David B.
Writing is a methodology for learning and for disseminating that learning. It is the primary methodology for learning in the humanities. However, for many people both inside and outside the discipline of English, writing is something less--a skill to be taught and kept separate from "English" or the humanities. To legitimize writing as a humanist study and to reassert its logical connection with the entire English program, it is necessary for the profession to find, in William Irmscher's words, a "comfortable identity" for the composition teacher that depends on making use of literary and critical values in continuing research in composition. To this end, members of the profession need to address the following questions: (1) What is writing as humanities? (2) Should writing programs and centers be English department programs? and (3) What specific practices of writing centers suggest this humanities emphasis? (FL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Writing Center's Conference (Minneapolis, MN, October 23-24, 1987).