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ERIC Number: EJ1038716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7502
Beyond Pedagogy: Theorizing without Teachers
Williams, Amy D.
Composition Forum, v30 Fall 2014
Composition theory and pedagogy have variously understood writing as a noun or as a verb, a product or a process. This paper proposes a shift to theorizing writing as a gerund (writing "g.") and argues that this approach opens a space for more productive composition theory. A gerund orientation focuses attention on the virtual and affective qualities of the writing experience--what writing does to and with a writer. The study of writing "g.", or what this paper calls "composition experience scholarship," frees composition scholarship from a pedagogic imperative while at the same time producing theory that has practical application.
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Language: English
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