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College English, Vol. 64, No. 1, September 2001

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  • Twentieth Century Literature in the New Century: A Symposium

    Andre Hoberek, John Burt, David Kadlec, Jamie Owen Daniel, Shelly Eversley, Catherine Jurca, Aparajita Sagar, Michael Berube

    Abstract: The arrival of the new century marks a significant, yet still unknown, transformation for scholars of twentieth century literature. What was once contemporary and ongoing has now become historical. While it is unlikely that scholars will divide themselves on those terms, it is perhaps time to begin a long-needed overhaul of the category "Twentieth Century Literature." The study of twentieth century literature has been divided into genres, subgenres, into cultures and subcultures, by geography, and even by authors, but perhaps the time is coming where, much like specialists of nineteenth century literature, those scholars of twentieth century literature will be required to have a broader range of knowledge of the century's literary works. The impact on the profession can only be speculated. The educated guesses provided here in this symposium are the results of a panel that convened at the 1999 MLA Convention.

    Keywords: College, Literature

  • Special Focus: Personal Writing Introduction

    Jane E. Hindman

    Abstract: Hindman introduces the articles in this special focus on personal writing. In these articles, the authors strive to clarify what is meant by "the personal" and "personal writing," and to suggest criteria for measuring the effectiveness of personal writing.

    Keywords: College, Writing

  • The Politics of the Personal: Storying Our Lives against the Grain

    Deborah Brandt, Ellen Cushman, Anne Ruggles Gere, Anne Herrington, Richard E. Miller, Victor Villanueva, Min-Zhan Lu, Gesa Kirsch

    Abstract: This symposium presents a written dialogue of scholars expressing not only excitement but also frustration over the ways in which current work in composition and literacy studies has explored the politics of the personal.

    Keywords: College

  • Argument and Evidence in the Case of the Personal

    Candace Spigelman

    Abstract: Opponents of expressivist writing pedagogy claim that encouraging the personal narrative in first-year rhetoric classis is a great disservice to students. Supporters of personal writing responded by making personal writing activities supplemental to traditional academic writings. Spigelman posits that personal narratives can actually serve the same purpose as academic writing and can accomplish serious scholarly work.

    Keywords: College, Pedagogy, Writing

  • Making Writing Matter: Using "the Personal" to Recover[y] and Essential[ist] Tension in Academic Discourse

    Jane E. Hindman

    Abstract: In three voices - one as a scholar, one as a writer, and one as an alcoholic - Hindman considers the question: in what ways can our own personal writing illuminate the theory and practice of teaching composition? Demonstrating the process of composing the self within the professional, she responds both passionately and personally to literary criticisms about recovery discourse. Her purpose is to "make writing matter" and, in doing so, to attempt to dispel the tension between competing versions of how the self is constructed. She also considers how, in and for recovery, she learned to write, and how it has affected her professional writing. This type of writing, which she has called "embodied rhetoric," offers lessons for composing a better life.

    Keywords: College, Writing

  • REVIEW: Reading Details, Teaching Politics; Political Mantras and the Politics of Luxury

    Kathryn Bond Stockton

    Abstract: Teaching, like politics, can be considered to be the "art of repetition." But teaching, again like politics, is also capable of enlarging our political views by challenging current arguments or by examining the limitations of the argument. The four books reviews here, which examine race, culture, and sexuality, are poised to inform the politics of their readers, but find themselves bound by the problem of political mantras. Says Stockton: "Never have so few propositions been repeated by so many in such a shore time over such a broad range." Although not without merit, all four books struggle with politicized texts that have all been done before.

    Keywords: College

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