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College English, Vol. 68, No. 2, November 2005

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  • "Goodbye, Mr. Hip": Radical Teaching in 1960s Television

    Rebecca Brittenham

    Abstract: Taking the 1969–74 classroom “dramedy” Room 222 as a case study, and setting it in the context of a range of portrayals of teachers and teaching from the period, the author raises the questions about the positive portrayals of committed teachers. These portrayals, along with positive views of community involvement and a multicultural environment, might have progressive aspects not allowed for by assumptions that such realist commercial productions inevitably co-opt any urge toward radical critique. She argues that such a rethinking might also offer teachers a way to reconsider and communicate with our students about current popular culture.

    Keywords: College

  • Rereading the Multicultural Reader: Toward More "Infectious" Practices in Multicultural Composition

    Jay Jordan

    Abstract: After summarizing typical criticisms of multicultural composition readers, the author draws on work in “New Literacy Studies” to point toward composition pedagogies that encourage multicultural interactions beyond selections in assigned readers The author suggests that what is ultimately needed is a productive critical frame not only for refining critical assessments of multicultural readers, but also for opening composition to “transcultural” understandings.

    Keywords: College

  • The Teacher-Student Writing Conference and the Desire for Intimacy

    Neal Lerner

    Abstract: Tracing the literature on writing conferences during four tension points in higher-education enrollments--the 1890s, the 1930s, the 1950s, and the 1970s--the author suggests that conferences have been championed primarily at those moments when students were both more numerous and more diverse, an urge countered, however, by faculty working conditions. Looking at the present, then, he argues that the need for conferencing and the pressures that preclude extensive one-to-one work seem an amalgam of these earlier eras and continue to threaten the teaching-learning ideal that conferences represent.

    Keywords: College

  • REVIEW: Counterstatement: Autobiography in Composition Scholarship

    James D. Williams

    Abstract: Reviewed are Situating Composition: Composition Studies and the Politics of Location, by Lisa Ede; Self-Development and College Writing, by Nick Tingle; and The End of Composition Studies, by David W. Smit.

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    Keywords: College

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