Composition Studies

Composition Studies is a magazine focusing on Education

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 2, Fall

Aloneness and the Complicated Selves of Donald M. Murray
This article examines Donald M. Murray's ideas about what he considered the essential solitude of all writing and what happens within that solitude. Murray, a pioneer of the process and modern expressivism movements in composition, identified a number...
Apprenticeship in the Instructor-Led Peer Conference
The instructor-led peer conference, a lesser-known approach to peer response involving both students and teachers, affords significant opportunities for collaborative learning and apprenticeship in the teaching of composition. This article uses sociocultural...
A Taste for Language: Literacy, Class, and English Studies
A Taste for Language: Literacy, Class, and English Studies, by James Ray Watkins, Jr. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UI? 2009. 181 pp.InA Taste for Language, James Ray Watkins, Jr. challenges the traditional view of English studies as bifurcated along...
Augmenting Literacy: The Role of Expertise in Digital Writing
This essay presents a model of reflective use of writing technologies, one that provides a means of more fully exploiting the possibilities of these tools for transforming writing activity. Derived from the work of computer designer Douglas Engelbart,...
Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960
Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960, by Kelly Ritter. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2009. 171 pp.In Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960, Kelly Ritter makes similar sets of identifications...
Dangerous Writing: Understanding the Political Economy of Composition
Dangerous Writing: Understanding the Political Economy of Composition, by Tony Scott. Logan: Utah State UP, 2009. 202 pp.While Tony Scott, in his important book Dangerous Writing: Understanding the Political Economy of Composition, does not state things...
Diverse by Design: Literacy Education within Multicultural Institutions
Diverse by Design: Literacy Education within Multicultural Institutions, by Christopher Schroeder. Logan: Utah State UI, 2011. 236 pp.In his previous book, Reinventing the University, Christopher Schroeder questioned the usefulness of academic literacy,...
Fraudulent Practices: Academic Misrepresentations of Plagiarism in the Name of Good Pedagogy
This article describes analyses of three contexts (civic, business, and military) in which understandings of intellectual property differ from those taught in the schools. In each of these contexts, it is possible to document specific examples of unattributed...
Generaciones' Narratives: The Pursuit and Practice of Traditional and Electronic Literacies on the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
Generaciones' Narratives: The Pursuit and Practice of Traditional and Electronic Literacies on the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, by John Scenters-Zapico. Logan: Utah State UP/Computers and Composition Digital Press, 2010. 265 pp.Generaciones' Narratives,...
Genre: An Introduction to History, Theory, Research, and Pedagogy
Genre: An Introduction to History, Theory, Research, and Pedagogy, by Anis S. Bawarshi and Mary Jo Reiff. West Lafayette: Parlor Press and The WAC Clearinghouse, 2010. 263 pp.Listening for the mail carrier with a diligence equal to my Shepard-Chow housemate,...
Metaphor and Writing: Figurative Thought in the Discourse of Written Communication
Metaphor and Writing: Figurative Thought in the Discourse of Written Communication, by Philip Eubanks. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011. 214 pp.In Metaphor and Writing, Philip Eubanks makes two general contributions to scholarship on the discursive framing...
Noetic Writing: Plato Comes to Missouri
This article extends Walter Ong's concept of noetic writing to the specific space of St. Louis, Missouri. In doing so, it generates a digital writing practice.Walter Ong tells us that the noetic - the rhetorical characteristics of feeling, sensation,...
RAW (Reading and Writing) New Media
RAW (Reading and Writing) New Media, edited by Cheryl E. Ball and James Kalmbach. Cresskill: Hampton P, 2010. 372 pp.This was not the book I expected, but I'm glad. Ball and Kalmbach, both of Illinois State University, are prominent rhetoric and composition...
Reinventing Identities in Second Language Writing
Reinventing Identities in Second Language Writing, edited by Michelle Cox, Jay Jordan, Christina Ortmeier- Hooper, and Gwen Gray Schwartz. Urbana: NCTE Press, 2010. 342 pp.Over the last several years, second language (L2) writing scholars have turned...
Taking It on the Road: Transferring Knowledge about Rhetoric and Writing across Curricula and Campuses
Course DescriptionSince Fall 2004, the Undergraduate Catalog at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville has listed a two-part "Communicating through Writing" (WC) requirement, which includes two first-year composition courses and an upper-division course...
The Elephants Evaluate: Some Notes on the Problem of Grades in Graduate Creative Writing Programs1
This article takes up the "special strangeness" of grading practices in the graduate creative writing workshop, based on the author's research, personal experience, and interviews with the faculty of her doctoral creative writing program. Using a structure...
The Methodical Memory: Invention in Current-Traditional Rhetoric
The Methodical Memory: Invention in Current-Traditional Rhetoric, by Sharon Crowley. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UI? 2010 (Paperback Edition). 169 pp.In the humanities, paperback re-issues are reserved for works that have significantly altered disciplinary...
The Writing Program Interrupted: Making Space for Critical Discourse
The Writing Program Interrupted: Making Space for Critical Discourse, edited by Donna Strickland and Jeanne Gunner. Portsmouth: Boynton/Cook, 2009. 214 pp.The Writing Program Interrupted: Making Space for Critical Discourse approaches writing program...
Undergraduate Research in English Studies
Undergraduate Research in English Studies, edited by Laurie Grobman and Joyce Kinkead. Urbana: NCTE, 2010. 273 pp.First-year writing courses are meant to introduce novice writers into academic discourse in various ways and to serve as a gateway to research...
Women and Gaming: The Sims and 21st Century Learning
Women and Gaming: The Sims and 21st Century Learning, by James Paul Gee and Elisabeth R. Hayes. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 207 pp.Literacy practices shift and morph with the rise of digital environments. In Women and Gaming: The Sims and 21st...