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College English, Vol. 71, No. 2, November 2008

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  • Writing with Light: Jacob Riis’s Ambivalent Exposures

    Christopher Carter

    Abstract: The current interest in multimodal rhetoric was anticipated by Jacob Riis’s social documentary texts and presentations during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In contrast with the socialist urban critiques presented by Friedrich Engels, Riis’s work demonstrated profound ambivalence toward the city’s poor. While calling for reform of their living conditions, Riis subjected them to surveillance and depicted them as potential revolutionaries whom the upper classes should fear.

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  • The Dartmouth Conference and the Geohistory of the Native Speaker

    John Trimbur

    Abstract: The 1966 Dartmouth conference has long been regarded as a landmark in the history of American college composition. Meriting new attention, however, is the role it played in affirming the notion of “the native speaker,” a concept important to the postwar Anglo-American language alliance behind the meeting.

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  • RECONSIDERATIONS: After “The Idea of a Writing Center”

    Elizabeth H. Boquet and Neal Lerner

    Abstract: Originally published in a 1984 issue of College English, Stephen North’s article “The Idea of a Writing Center” has over the years been much cited in writing center scholarship. Even so, this scholarship as a whole did not proceed to gain much presence in CE and other broadly-oriented composition journals. Reconsidering North’s piece, the authors argue for greater attention now to writing centers as sites for potentially valuable scholarly inquiry.

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  • REVIEW: Displaying the Visual

    Marguerite Helmers

    Abstract: Reviewed are "Permissions, A Survival Guide: Blunt Talk about Art as Intellectual Property" by Susan M. Bielstein and "Rhetorics of Display", edited by Lawrence J. Prelli.

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    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

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