Where to go with writing in the twenty-first century is a question thus immanent to politics and power. Our recognition of this fact provides a basis from which we might objectify the historical constraints of eighteenth-century writing, and not just endlessly perform the same old tasks from within them. The hard work of founding such a premise, of both denying and enabling certain thoughts about writing, rules, and subjects, was at last our general objective in this course.
It had not occurred to me until writing this chapter how essential my graduate training in Composition has been to the kind of scholarship and teaching that I have tended, perhaps wrongly, to locate elsewhere over subsequent years. There are versions of my arguments pertaining to writing, rules, and identities that have gone on in domains other than Composition to be sure. Some of them I have mentioned, others I have not. But I see now that this sometimes confusing parallel vision, with each discipline enabled by the blindness of the other, would not have to exist if the permeability of disciplines were as immediate as I continue to hope. If that hope, like the work that holds it forth, is in error, it is an error that for now I will have to retain.