English 521:
Composition Theory and Pedagogy


Course Readings

Fall, 1999




Books

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

Stephen M. North. The Making of Knowledge in Composition. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1987.

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

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

Note: For specific readings in Cross-Talk in Comp Theory, see the course schedule.




Readings from the Course Packet

Faigley, Lester. "In the Turbulence of Theory." Fragments of Rationality: Postmodernity and the Subject of Composition. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992. 25 - 47.

Harris, Joseph, and Jay Rosen. "Teaching Writing as Cultural Criticism." In C. Mark Hurlbert & Michael Blitz, eds. Composition and Resistance. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1991. 58 - 67.

Lauer, Janice. "The Rhetorical Approach: Stages of Writing and Strategies for Writers." In Timothy R. Donovan and Ben W. McClelland, eds. Eight Approaches to Teaching Writing. 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.

Sommers, Nancy. "Between the Drafts." College Composition and Communication 43 (1992): 23 - 31. 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. 155 - 161.

Yagelski, Robert P. "Literacy, Discourse, and the Postmodern Subject: Individuals and Local Acts of Writing and Reading." Literacy Matters: Writing and Reading the Social Self. New York: Teachers College Press, 1999.

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.



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