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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.

Recent releases from the SWR series...

Newest SWR Books

  • From Boys to Men: Rhetorics of Emergent American Masculinity
    Author: Leigh Ann Jones
    ISBN: 978-0-8141-0375-3
    Jones explores performances of developing young male identity in case studies from twentieth- and twenty-first-century federal and civic organizations that recruit boys and young men using appeals to American national identity, often coding these appeals as character building.

  • Freedom Writing: African American Civil Rights Literacy Activism, 1955-1967
    Author: Rhea Estelle Lathan
    ISBN: 978-0-8141-1788-0
    Lathan introduces gospel literacy, a theoretical framework analogous to gospel music within which to consider how the literacy activities of the Civil Rights Movement illuminate a continual interchange between secular and religious ideologies.
  • 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.

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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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