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Contents

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p. v

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Foreword

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pp. vii-ix

Andrea A. Lunsford, speaker at the fifteenth annual Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Lecture Series, embodies the best qualities of a college professor, a profession that calls for its members to be exemplary scholars, dedicated teachers, and (perhaps not often enough) engaged members of their wider communities. Professor Lunsford ...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiv

I began my career as a scholar and teacher of the history of writing and literacy thinking that I understood what writing was—where it came from, what roles it plays in our lives, what changes it has undergone over the millennia. But the reading and research I have done over the course of my career reveal just how na├»ve my early ...

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ONE. Key Questions for a New Rhetoric

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pp. 1-18

Most U.S. scholars of rhetoric and writing studies who are around my age have a story to tell about how and when they discovered rhetoric, and I am certainly no exception. I started teaching at a two-year college in Florida in 1968, after having completed my ma in English and taught in high school for a couple of years. A year or two ...

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TWO. Notes on Language Wars in the USA

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pp. 19-34

Contemporary writer bell hooks says that "language is a place of struggle" (146), and these simple words carry great wisdom. Throughout history, people have struggled over who should have access to what kinds of language and over the ways language has been used to privilege some and disenfranchise others. Within U.S. ...

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THREE. “Authority” in the Writing Classroom

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pp. 35-54

I hope to foreground what I take to be the crux of these issues by sketching in two very different scenes. In the first, two bright and talented graduate students are reflecting on "authority." One remarks that he has dropped the term altogether from his statement of teaching philosophy: "I spent most of the term writing ...

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FOUR.Thoughts on Graduate Education in English

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pp. 55-72

It's no exaggeration to say that I marvel almost every day at the fact that I am a professor of English, that I have tenure, that I have enjoyed over twenty-five years of teaching and research in a field I love. It's also safe to say that no one among my teachers, or even my family, would have predicted this eventuality. After all, when ...

Notes

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pp. 73-76

Works Cited

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pp. 77-84

Index

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pp. 85-90