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College English, Vol. 68, No. 5, May 2006

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  • Visual Rhetoric in a Culture of Fear: Impediments to Multimedia Production

    Steve Westbrook

    Abstract: The author uses the example of a text a student was not allowed to display on his course website to explore how and why institutional ideologies particular to the historical development of composition and creative writing—especially when viewed in conjunction with current copyright law—render students’ multimedia compositions illegitimate. He suggests that the ideological apparatuses of writing instruction and the legal statutes of U.S. culture at large combine to radically restrict the production and circulation of students’ multimedia texts and inhibit students’ power as writers.

    Keywords: College

  • Teaching Margery and Julian in Anthology-Based Survey Courses

    Zina Petersen

    Abstract: Recognizing that many of us teach the medieval English women mystics Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich in survey courses, this essay attempts to put these writers in context for teachers who may have only a passing familiarity with the period. Focusing on passages of their writings found in the Longman and Norton anthologies of British literature, the author shows how these women responded to and shaped sociopolitical issues of their day, particularly questions of heresy and disorder as threats to Catholic institutional stability, the role of Mendicant teachings for the laity of the church, and the rise of the cult of the Eucharist.

    Keywords: College

  • Transcending Normativity: Difference Issues in College English

    David L. Wallace

    Abstract: The author reads five volumes of College English with attention to the extent to which authors account for issues of systemic difference in their writing—both in their representations of themselves as authors and in their representations of others—as one means to explore how (indeed whether) we have begun to transcend normativity in our disciplinary conversation and to identify problems in the way we deal with difference. He concludes by exploring how pedagogy and practice that deal substantively with difference are by nature transformative.

    Keywords: College

  • REVIEW: "Radical to Many in the Educational Establishment": The Writing Process Movement after the Hurricanes

    Robert P. Yagelski

    Abstract: Reviewed are anniversary reissues of Writing without Teachers, by Peter Elbow; Pedagogy of the Oppressed, by Paulo Freire; and A Writer Teaches Writing, by Donald M. Murray.

    Keywords: College

  • REVIEW: Keeping It Real: Interpreting Hip-Hop

    Juliana Chang

    Abstract: Reviewed are That’s the Joint! The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, edited by Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal; Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop, by Imani Perry; Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap, by Eithne Quinn; and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, by Jeff Chang.

    Keywords: College

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CALLS FOR PAPERS

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

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