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Studies in Writing & Rhetoric (SWR) Series

The CCCC Studies in Writing & Rhetoric (SWR) series, established in 1984, aims to influence how writing gets taught at the college level. The methods of studies vary from the critical to historical to linguistic to ethnographic, and their authors draw on work in the many various fields that inform composition—including rhetoric, communication, education, discourse analysis, psychology, cultural studies, and literature. Their focuses are similarly diverse, ranging from studies of individual writers and teachers, to work on classrooms and communities and curricula, to analyses of the social, political, and material contexts of writing and its teaching.

Newest SWR Books

  • The Desire for Literacy: Writing in the Lives of Adult Learners
    Author: Lauren Rosenberg
    ISBN: 978-0-8141-1081-2
    Rosenberg shows how marginalized adult learners are able to theorize about their position in society, question dominant ideas, disrupt them, and challenge traditional literacy narratives in American culture.
  • On Multimodality: New Media in Composition Studies
    Authors: Jonathan Alexander and Jacqueline Rhodes
    ISBN: 978-0-8141-3412-2
    The authors argue that composition’s embrace of new media and multimedia often makes those media serve the rhetorical ends of writing and composition, as opposed to exploring the rhetorical capabilities of those media. Winner of the 2015 CCCC Outstanding Book Award.

  • Toward a New Rhetoric of Difference
    Author: Stephanie Kerschbaum
    ISBN: 978-0-8141-5495-3
    Kerschbaum provides a detailed analysis of diversity rhetoric and the ways institutions of higher education market diversity in and through student bodies. Winner of the 2015 CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award.

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Agents of Integration: Understanding Transfer as a Rhetorical Act
Author: Rebecca S. Nowacek
ISBN: 978-0-8093-3048-5
The question of how students transfer knowledge is an important one, as it addresses the larger issue of the educational experience. In Agents of Integration: Understanding Transfer as a Rhetorical Act, Rebecca S. Nowacek explores, through a series of case studies, the issue of transfer by asking what in an educational setting engages students to become “agents of integration”— individuals actively working to perceive, as well as to convey effectively to others, the connections they make. Learn more about this text and listen to a podcast interview with the author.

A Taste for Language: Literacy, Class, and English Studies
Author: James Ray Watkins Jr.
Everyday Genres: Writing Assignments across the Disciplines
Author: Mary Soliday
The Community College Writer: Exceeding Expectations
Authors: Howard Tinberg and Jean-Paul Nadeau
Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960, 
Author: Kelly Ritter

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