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ERIC Number: EJ833304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
The Textbook's the Thing: Re-Emphasizing Creative Nonfiction in First-Year Composition
Whetham, Jennifer Locke
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v36 n3 p257-267 Mar 2009
In January 2003, "College English" published a special issue that focused on the genre of creative nonfiction. Many of the articles centered specifically on the role of nonfiction in the composition classroom, and in her essay "Suddenly Sexy: Creative Nonfiction Rear-Ends Composition," Wendy Bishop claims that the genre of creative nonfiction has tremendous potential for a powerful and positive impact on first-year composition. Although Bishop's essay covers a range of exciting ways in which creative nonfiction might enliven and revision this field, one of the most pivotal points is her challenge to the writers of textbooks and to the academic publishing industry: she points out that process-centered pedagogy is still mired in the modes of discourse, citing textbook production as a prime reason. Creative nonfiction might help composition create a new kind of process-centered textbook--and perhaps a process-centered pedagogy that has finally reached maturity. In this article, the author critiques the articles included in January 2003 issue of "College English."
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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