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ERIC Number: ED371356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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The Subject as Reader and Writer: Teaching Composition Theory in a Traditional English Department.
Graves, Heather Brodie
This paper, a general introduction to composition class for graduate students (at Illinois State University) not all of whom are necessarily teaching composition at the time they are taking the course, is organized around Andrea Lunford's categories in her essay "Rhetoric and Composition": questions about writers, questions about readers, questions about text, and questions about context. In examining "questions about writers" the course will focus on issues of difference (race, class and gender); readings will include bell hooks'"Talking Back," Gates'"The Signifying Monkey," and Kirsch's "Women Writing the Academy." In examining questions about readers or audience, readings will include Ong's "The Writer's Audience is Always a Fiction" and Porter's "Audience and Rhetoric." In examining questions about texts, readings will include LeFevre's "Invention as a Social Act, Crowley's "The Methodical Memory" and a series of articles on the rhetoric-as-epistemic debate to explore how writers invent their subject matter. In examining questions about contexts, readings will include Bullock and Trimbur's "The Politics of Writing Instruction: Postsecondary" and Faigley's "Fragments of Rationality, both of which will provide historical and political context--the material conditions in the field under which the other questions are being studied. The last three class meetings will be devoted to reading one article selected by each student during his or her research for the course paper. Students will also be required to keep a journal and formulate discussion questions based on their reading. (Includes course description and syllabus.) (TB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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