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ERIC Number: EJ813775
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0010-096X
Before Mina Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale, 1920-1960
Ritter, Kelly
College Composition and Communication, v60 n1 p12-45 Sep 2008
This article examines Yale's "Awkward Squad" of "basic" writers between 1920 and 1960. Using archival materials that illustrate the socioeconomic conditions of this early, "pre-Shaughnessy" site of remedial writing instruction, I argue for a re-definition of "basic" in composition studies using local, institutional values rather than generic standards of correctness applied uniformly to all colleges and universities. (Contains 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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