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The Ideal First Year Composition Classroom

Reading Peter Elbow’s early essay, “A Method of Teaching Writing” (1) reminded me of the idealism that fuels the First Year Composition curriculum. Elbow refers back to Aristotle, suggesting that the real test of a composition is the effectiveness for … Continue reading

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Defining the ‘Contact Zone’ – Response to Chad’s Post

Chad’s response to Bizzell’s theory of reorienting our approach to literature instruction brings up the serious flaw in that theory — exactly¬†how do we define the curriculum for an individual course? If we are expected to toss out chronology as … Continue reading

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Interdisciplinary Education – Response to Brianne’s Post

Taking a holistic approach to the study of a contact zone, as Brianne contemplates after reading of Bizzell’s essay about ‘Contact Zones’, seems like such a sensible approach. If we consider, for example, nineteenth century American literature, it would, of … Continue reading

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Composition Theory – 1979-1990: Berlin to Fulkerson

Writing from 1979, James Berlin identified the following ideological divergence in contemporary composition theory, “Rhetorical theories differ from each other in the way writer, reality, audience, and language are conceived–both as separate units and in the way the units relate … Continue reading

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The Artificial Binary: Response to Ashley Edlin’s Post

In her blog post, Ashley discussed the trouble with binaries; essentially, binaries are artificial constructs by which we categorize information for the sake of contrast. Binaries by their very definition divide the world into two hemispheres that theoretically do not … Continue reading

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