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ERIC Number: ED464341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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"In the Thick of the Fight": Service and Learning in Progressive Era Composition.
George, D'Ann Pletcher
This paper is concerned with the history of the attempt of progressive-era students at Bryn Mawr College to explore their interest in social-reform work through the writing that they did in required composition courses. In particular, the paper focuses on how these women attempted to fashion a public voice for themselves that could articulate their vision for bettering the world, and at the same time, please their immediate audience--the instructors charged with their formal training in rhetoric and composition. In some ways the documents examined speak to the difficulty and awkwardness of that task when the stated mission of the college begrudgingly tolerated but did not embrace preparation for public service. And, the paper continues, neither did the stated purpose of writing courses stray very far from the officially sanctioned ideas about the goals of the Bryn Mawr women's education--and yet, composition instructors allowed students to write about their ideas for bringing about change in society, thus offering many college women what was perhaps their first opportunity to craft a public voice as social reformers. (Contains 20 references and 4 notes.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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