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ERIC Number: ED464321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 9
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Emotional Subjects for Composition.
Micciche, Laura R.
Metaphors such as "gypsy academics,""freeway flyers," and "contingent laborers," ascribed by compositionists to their work and its conditions, comment on the low status of composition specialists and teachers in academic hierarchies. Work is the activity around which a profession forms, and, as such, it produces emotional dispositions compatible with specific locations in the workforce. If composition's self identification has historically located its work in the margins of English Studies, what does this say about the production of feeling that is encouraged through and by these locations? The way compositionists' work is organized, as well as the metaphors used to describe their locations in the workplace, has everything to do with the social organization of emotion expression, consumption, and production. This paper offers a tentative exploration of emotion work--both enjoyable and oppressive--in composition as it is tied up with locations in the professional workforce. The exploration in the paper is based on responses (n=21) received from a survey distributed on the WPA-Listserv, a listserv for writing program administrators and writing teachers across higher education. According to the paper, in their ranking of the frequency of emotions experienced in their work lives, respondents identified, from a list provided, disappointment, frustration, enthusiasm, empathy, and joy as the most prominent. Taking a cue from the WPA respondents, the paper finds that emotions--even those considered "negative"--can be a galvanizing force for generating change and for working through the stream of obstacles that threaten to subvert good teaching practices. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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