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An Introduction to Composition Studies

Edited by Erika Lindemann and Gary Tate

Publication Date - June 1991

ISBN: 9780195063639

208 pages
5-5/16 x 8 inches

Retail Price to Students: $84.99


Nine commissioned essays introduce the non-specialist to the rapidly evolving field of composition studies, discussing the nature of the field, the relationship between composition and rhetoric and between theory and practice, the history of the discipline, its bibliogrphic sources and problems, its methods of research, teaching writing, and the politics of the profession. A concluding personal essay describes a life in the profession. Written by prominent authorities, these essays describe current developments in the field, outline the major issues, and suggest needed research. Most essays provide a brief bibliography of further readings. This important book gives students and teachers an invaluable overview of composition studies, a vital field of English and literacy education.

Table of Contents

    The Nature of Composition Studies, Andrea A. Lunsford
    On "Rhetoric" and "Composition", John T. Gage
    Theory and Practice, Charles I. Schuster
    Writing the History of Our Discipline, Robert J. Connors
    Bibliographical Resources and Problems, Patrick Scott
    Research in Composition: Issues and Methods, Lillian Bridwell-Bowles
    Teaching Writing, Lisa Ede
    The Politics of the Profession, James F. Slevin
    A Life in the Profession, Charles Moran

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