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ERIC Number: EJ944336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
"What Would Happen If Everybody Behaved as I Do?": May Bush, Randall Jarrell, and the Historical "Disappointment" of Women WPAs
Ritter, Kelly
Composition Studies, v39 n1 p13-39 Spr 2011
The feminized labor of composition studies is usually seen as being in service of, or subservient to, literary studies, ignoring composition's disaffective position against other fields, specifically creative writing. Viewing composition studies' complex labor histories in tandem with the meteoric rise of creative writing allows for a new way of historicizing writing instruction and writing program administrator successes and failures. Analyzing WPA work through an archival case study of one woman's college faculty postwar, specifically the WPA May Bush and the poet Randall Jarrell, illustrates how the disciplinary rise of composition and rhetoric against creative writing was fraught with gendered labor issues still relevant to the struggles of women WPAs today. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina