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ERIC Number: ED403557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 16
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The Closed World of the Writing Classroom: Student Subjectivities as Created by, and Breaking out of, Bounds.
Maxson, Jeffrey
This paper discusses the emergent perspective in composition studies that sees discourse forms as producing material effects and writing classrooms and programs as part of an apparatus for producing subjective forms, which individual students are then induced to inhabit. The paper suggests that the closed circuit of the classroom is overdetermined by the traditions of New Criticism and by the predominance of the writing process movement, which focuses on means rather than ends. The paper points out that this same criticism could be leveled at nearly all student writing: that it is not designed to change the mind of its primary audience, the instructor, but to serve as a means of evaluating the student. The paper proceeds with a close analysis of a student's essay for an in-class mid-term exam to show that a student may be effectively engaged in an argument about student attitudes toward writing but that the student's writing still leads nowhere. The paper concludes that the students are still writing, sometimes self-consciously, to an audience of one. The paper suggests an apparent solution to the audience problem: audiences may be sought for student work outside the classroom, for instance, on the internet. Appendixes contain quotes from one student and the mid-term exam which was analyzed. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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