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ERIC Number: ED384056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Pages: 13
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Marking the Emergence of Rhetoric and Composition Since 1950: Snapshots from the Founding of Eight Academic Journals.
Goggin, Maureen Daly
The emergence of rhetoric and composition as a scholarly field can be described as having occurred in three phases: (1) the establishment of the field; (2) the amplification of the field; and (3) the consolidation of disciplinary practices. These three stages are reflected in the activity of scholarly journals since 1950. The first phase (1950 to 1965) was marked by a struggle to establish goals and to define the field of rhetoric and composition. It is bounded on the one side by the emergence of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) and its journal, and on the other by the appearance of the first editorial policy and submission guidelines printed for "CCC." The second phase (1965 to 1980) saw the founding of "Research in the Teaching of English,""Rhetoric Society Newsletter," and "Freshman English News." This phase was marked by a struggle to define research and scholarly practices and a self-conscious attention to scholarly methods. The third phase (1980 to 1990) saw the founding of the "Journal of Advanced Composition,""Pre/Text,""Rhetoric Review," and "Written Communication." This phase was marked by a struggle to construct more forums for a growing body of scholarship. During this decade both new and more established journals began instituting rigorous review procedures. Clearly, the movement away from a service orientation, which limits the endeavor to the parameters of writing instruction, toward a more disciplinary focus signals growth and maturation in the field. (Contains 34 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
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Language: English
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