College Composition and Communication

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 3, February

2013 CCCC Exemplar Award Acceptance Speech
Editor's note: The Exemplar Award is presented to a person who has served or serves as an exemplar of our organization, representing the highest ideals of scholarship, teaching, and service to the entire profession. This is a written version of the acceptance...
All Writing Assessment Is Local
Writing Assessment in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of Edward M. White Norbert Elliot and Les Perelman, eds. New York: Hampton P, 2012. 518 pp.Race and Writing Assessment Asao B. Inoue and Mya Poe, eds. New York: Peter Lang, 2012. 230 pp.Writing...
Announcements and Calls
Call for Proposals for the 2014 CEL Convention: The Conference on English Leadership (CEL) will hold their 2014 annual convention in Washington, DC, November 23-25. The theme is Leading in a Collaborative World.Never has collaboration been more important...
Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education
Rose's book illuminates the issues of class in a way that is markedly different than the other three works included in this review. He asserts "the stories in this book affirm the transformational potential of the college classroom, the occu- pational...
CCCC News
Call for Nominations: The 2014 CCCC Nominating Committee invites nomina- tions for the posts of CCCC Assistant Chair, Executive Committee member (seven members), and 2015 Nominating Committee (five members). The Nominating Committee seeks to identify...
Flattening Effects: Composition's Multicultural Imperative and the Problem of Narrative Coherence
In a now-classic essay, "Towards a Postmodern Pedagogy," Henry A. Giroux articulates a significant "double-bind" in the development of critical multicultural pedagogies that rely on narrative to promote awareness and understanding. On one hand, Giroux...
For Whom Does It Profit?
Just as I was writing this review, I found myself engrossed in the media coverage of the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington. It was Obama's soaring rhetoric at the Lincoln Memorial, not King's, that captured my attention,...
From the Editor: The Pursuit of Promise
Dear Colleagues and Friends~~ Welcome to 2014 and to our first issue of the year! I've titled the introduction, as you can see, as "The Pursuit of Promise," this in recognition of our round robin review, with promise here referring both to the historical...
Going North, Thinking West: The Intersections of Social Class, Critical Thinking, and Politicized Writing Instruction
Peckham's book begins with a somewhat uncomfortable apology. While he clearly situates himself in the working class, his work as a compositionist at a doctoral granting university brings strong tensions to the foreground. How can he be working class...
Inside the College Gates: How Class and Culture Matter in Higher Education
From the opening of Chapter 1, Stuber begins exploring what is clearly evident, even in the fliers posted around Benton College's campus; "my initial impres- sion was that its students were at least as invested in the social side of college life as they...
Multimodality
DefinitionMultimodality refers to the various resources- among them, images, sounds, document design, and graphics-that authors tap to create meaning in all kinds of texts. Writers from earliest times drew on multiple modalities when writing, whether...
Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality
This ethnographic study follows 53 women who lived on the same residence hall floor in 2004-05 at a public research university in the Midwest. Armstrong and Hamilton's study continued for five years, with five annual interviews each year, capturing the...
The Persistence and Complications of Class
Issues of class, both social and economic, are addressed directly in the four books I was asked to review. Scholarly conversation around issues of class is not new, as there have been nearly constant discussions in the field of composition looking at...
The Rhetoric of Jesus Writing in the Story of the Woman Accused of Adultery (John 7.53-8.11)
Then each of them went home, while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught...
The Unseen Weight of Class
The people here are more like, I don't want to say sophisticated, but different than me. They seem more cultured. . . . Sometimes I feel like I don't measure up.Patty, qtd. in Jenny M. StuberThe ones who make rude or, like, snide remarks, you can tell...
When Institutions and Education Reproduce Social Class Inequities: What Else Factors in? or, the Problem of Stinky Skin
I am standing in a grocery isle when my cell phone rings. It is the director of my children's (very expensive, private Montessori) school. She tells me that she is making a "sad" phone call, her way of preparing me for bad news. "What has he done now?"...
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