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College Composition and Communication, Vol. 53, No. 2, December 2001

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  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Writing Workplace Cultures

    Jim Henry

    Abstract: Globalization, or "fast" capitalism, has changed the workplace and writing in it dramatically. Composition epistemologies and practices, elaborated during the twentieth century in tandem with Taylorized workplace literacy requirements, fail to embrace the complexities of writerly sensibilities necessary to students entering the new workforce. To update these epistemologies and practices, MA students in professional writing were positioned as autoethnographers of workplace cultures, reporting to classmates on organizational structures and practices as they affected discursive products and processes. Their studies produced a database of petits recits on workplace cultures, and their work is analyzed for the ways in which it forecasts subjective work identities of writers in the years ahead. Implications are drawn for composition administration, curriculum design, course design, and collaborative work among academics and writers in private and public spheres.

    Keywords: Writing, CCC

  • Revealing Silence: Rethinking Personal Writing

    Anne Ruggles Gere

    Abstract: Silence has positive as well as negative attributes, and composition teachers can help students understand and use its aesthetic, ethical, and political resources in their personal writing. Approaching silence in these ways can establish new alignments among the expressivist, psychoanalytical, and social discourses that circulate around the term personal writing.

    Keywords: College

  • A Rediscovered Tradition: European Pedagogy and Composition in Nineteenth-Century Midwestern Normal Schools

    Kathryn Fitzgerald

    Abstract: This study examines composition at public Midwestern normal schools, the teacher training institutions of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. It argues that the unique social environment, educational aims, and intellectual traditions of the normal school gave rise to attitudes about composition theory, methods, teachers, and students that are much more compatible with composition’s contemporary ethic than those associated with the elite Eastern colleges where the origins of composition have most often been studied.

    Keywords: College

  • Conversation and Carrying-on: Play, Conflict, and Serio-Ludic Discourse in Synchronous Computer Conferencing

    Albert Rouzie

    Abstract: This essay examines a series of InterChange transcripts to demonstrate how discourse that combines serious and playful purposes works to provoke and mediate conflict. Students use serio-ludic discourse to critique and to negotiate power relations and gendered subject positions with both positive and negative results.

    Keywords: College

  • Moving beyond the Written Comment: Narrowing the Gap between Response Practice and Research

    Jane Mathison Fife and Peggy O’Neill

    Abstract: While our field’s response practices have changed dramatically over the past two decades to involve more student comments on their own texts, empirical studies have lagged far behind classroom practices, focusing almost exclusively on teachers’ written comments as texts. By broadening our notion of response—and acknowledging the many and varied ways that teachers respond to student writing as well as the many and varied ways that students influence and interpret those responses—we will be able to narrow the gap between our teaching practices and our research questions.

    Keywords: College

  • Against the Odds in Composition and Rhetoric

    Wendy Bishop

    Abstract: This chair’s address to the 52nd Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2001, draws on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins to explore and celebrate a life in composition. Acknowledging institutional fatigue, I outline possibilities for individual renewal, particularly through the process of mentoring new members. Ending with a convention poem, I invite readers to compose their own.

    Keywords: College

  • From the Editor

    Marilyn M. Cooper

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

  • Report on the Coalition on the Academic Workforce/CCCC Survey of Faculty in Freestanding Writing Programs for Fall 1999

    CCCC Committee on Part-time/Adjunct Issues

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College


    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

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