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Composition Studies

Looking for Relevance in a Changing Scene

Publishing in ’63: Looking for Relevance in a Changing Scene Reynolds, Thomas In May of 1963, Life Magazine published several remarkable photographic images of Elijah Muhammed, Malcolm X, and other Nation of Islam members. Some of those images, especially those of Malcolm X, have achieved iconic status in the history of the U.S. Civil Rights […]

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Fear and Citizenship in American Public Education

Punishing Schools: Fear and Citizenship in American Public Education Barnett, Timothy Punishing Schools: Fear and Citizenship in American Public Education by William Lyons and Julie Drew. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2006. Punishing Schools: Fear and Citizenship in American Public Education describes punishment as a powerful, systemic force in education that stems from […]

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Composition Studies

Interpretive analysis, academic discourse, and expository writing, The

art of prophecy: Interpretive analysis, academic discourse, and expository writing, The Ganter, Granville The essayist’s “main gift is an eye to discover the suggestiveness of common things: to find a sermon in the most unpromising texts.” Alexander Smith, 1914 (qtd. in Harris 935) In the late 1500s, William Perkins published the Art of Prophecying, a […]

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Defining “good writing”: A cross-cultural perspective

Defining “good writing”: A cross-cultural perspective Reichelt, Melinda Composition Studies, Volume 31, Number 1, Spring 2003 The question of what constitutes “good writing” is an important one. As Xiao Li writes, a major part of composition instructors’ work involves enforcing standards of good writing by supplying written feedback to students about their work. According to […]

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Strategies for Continuing Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Programs

WAC for the New Millennium: Strategies for Continuing Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Programs Bergmann, Linda S WAC for the New Millennium: Strategies for Continuing Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Programs, edited by Susan H. McLeod, Eric Miraglia, Margot Soven, and Christopher Thaiss. Urbana: NCTE Press, 2001. 345 pages. When I first encountered WAC for the New Millennium in the fall of 2001, […]

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Composition Studies

THE RHETORIC AND PRACTICES OF THE SMALL COLLEGE JOB SEARCH

“MUST BE WILLING TO TEACH COMPOSITION”: THE RHETORIC AND PRACTICES OF THE SMALL COLLEGE JOB SEARCH Carpini, Dominic Delli In the context of a small college English Department, which relies upon the multiple competencies of all its members, hiring new tenure-line professors can be a defining moment for a Composition Program. Without the active engagement […]