English 521:
Composition Theory and Pedagogy

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(Please note that the specific selections that we will read from each of the three edited collections listed here are indicated on the course schedule.)

Elbow, Peter. Writing Without Teachers. New York: Oxford University Press, 1973.

Harkin, Patricia & John Schilb, eds. Contending With Words: Composition and Rhetoric in a Postmodern Age. New York: MLA, 1991.

Lindemann, Erika. A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers, 4th edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Victor Villanueva, ed. Cross-talk in Comp Theory. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1997

Weisser, Christian & Sidney Dobrin, eds. Ecocomposition: Theoretical and Pedagogical Approaches. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2001.


Course Packet Bibliography

Bartholomae, David. "What is Composition and (if you know what that is) Why Do We Teach It?" In Composition in the 21st Century. Eds. Lynn Z. Bloom, Donald A. Daiker, and Edward M. White. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1996. 11-28.

Booth, Wayne. "The Rhetorical Stance." College Compositon and Communication 14 (1963): 139-145. Reprinted in The Writing Teacher's Sourcebook, 2nd edition. Eds. Gary Tate and Edward P. J. Corbett. New York: Oxfoord University Press, 1988. 151-157.

Connors, Robert J. "The Abolition Debate in Composition: A Short History." In Composition in the 21st Century. Eds. Lynn Z. Bloom, Donald A. Daiker, and Edward M. White. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1996. 47-63.

Duin, Ann Hill, and Craig Hansen. "Reading and Writing on Computer Networks as Social Construction and Social Interaction." In Literacy and Computers: The Complications of Teaching and Learning With Technology. Eds. Cynthia L. Selfe and Susan Hilligoss. New York: MLA, 1994. 89-112.

Elbow, Peter. "Writing Assessment in the 21st Century: A Utopian View." In Composition in the 21st Century. Eds. Lynn Z. Bloom, Donald A. Daiker, and Edward M. White. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1996. 83-100.

Lauer, Janice. "The Rhetorical Approach: Stages of Writing and Strategies for Writers." In Eight Approaches to Teaching Writing. Eds. Timothy R. Donovan and Ben W. McClelland. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1980. 53 - 64.

Murray, Donald M. "Writing as Process: How Writing Finds Its Own Meaning." Learning By Teaching. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1982. 17-31. Originally published in Timothy R. Donovan and Ben W. McClelland, eds. Eight Approaches to Teaching Writing. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1980.

Perl, Sondra. "Understanding Composing." College Composition and Communication 31 (1980): 363-369. Reprinted in Gary Tate, Edward P. J. Corbett, and Nancy Myers, eds. The Writing Teacher's Sourcebook, 3rd edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. 149-154.

Rodrigues, Dawn, and Raymond Rodrigues. "How Word Processing is Changing Our Teaching: New Technologies, New Approaches, New Challenges." Computers and Composition 7 (1989): 13-25. Reprinted in Gary Tate, Edward P. J. Corbett, and Nancy Myers, eds. The Writing Teacher's Sourcebook, 3rd edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. 391-399.

Yagelski, Robert P. "Who's Afraid of Subjectivity: Postmodernism and the Composing Process." Taking Stock: The Writing Process Movement in the 90's. Eds. Lad Tobin and Thomas Newkirk. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1994. 203-217.