Wednesday, August 31, 2011

On composition studies

I just finished reading this article by Fulkerson, which gives an overview of composition studies. It's a useful article for people like me who look at composition studies from a distance and want to understand what is going on in this neighboring discipline.

Fulkerson, R. (2005). Composition at the turn of the twenty-first century. College Composition and Communication 36(4), 654-687.

Abstract: I argue that examining two collections of essays designed for the preparation of new writing teachers and published twenty years apart provides some important clues to what has occurred to composition studies in the interval. Building on the framework I established in two previous CCC articles, I argue that composition studies has become a less unified and more contentious discipline early in the twenty-first century than it had appeared to be around 1990. The present article specifically addresses the rise of what I call critical/cultural studies, the quiet expansion of expressive approaches to teaching writing and the split of rhetorical approaches into three: argumentation, genre analysis, and preparation for 'the' academic discourse community.

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