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ERIC Number: ED466792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 13
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Playing in the Intersections: Teaching Composition Dangerously.
Rosenberg, Heidi D.
The issue of personal writing is hotly contested in composition studies. Some believe that personal writing has no place in academic writing. In a discussion with Peter Elbow regarding personal versus academic writing, David Bartholomae argues that "academic writing is the real work of the academy." Elbow, on the other hand, argues that his role as a writer is someone who gets "deep satisfaction from discovering meanings by writing." For both scholars, academic writing and this other more nebulous writing are clearly two different issues that they both see at loggerheads, though for different reasons. The author of this paper agrees with Bartholomae in that she is not as interested in hearing the story of a single individual's existence, but she does not agree that there is no place for personal writing in academia, and she does not see writing and academics as separate. The paper discusses Linda Brodkey's literacy autobiography, and how she came to make writing (and reading) interesting for herself and, through this interest, came to critical awareness. It finds that Lillian Bridwell-Bowles is also interested in new forms of writing not only to use personal experience within academic writing, but to use "richer versions of texts and composing processes that allow for discussion of race, class, gender, sexual identity, etc." For a unit on personal narrative, the paper states, the author/educator hoped not only to bring methods of creative writing and language play into the course, but that students would become more engaged in their writing, as well as critically aware through writing, revision, discussion, and reading. The paper discusses the first assignment which asked students to write about some incident where they wished there had been a different outcome than the one they experienced. The paper also considers some other components of the course. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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