In this Book

Exploring Composition Studies
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Kelly Ritter and Paul Kei Matsuda have created an essential introduction to the field of composition studies for graduate students and instructors new to the study of writing. The book offers a careful exploration of this diverse field, focusing specifically on scholarship of writing and composing. Within this territory, the authors draw the boundaries broadly, to include allied sites of research such as professional and technical writing, writing across the curriculum programs, writing centers, and writing program administration. Importantly, they represent composition as a dynamic, eclectic field, influenced by factors both within the academy and without. The editors and their sixteen seasoned contributors have created a comprehensive and thoughtful exploration of composition studies as it stands in the early twenty-first century. Given the rapid growth of this field and the evolution of it research and pedagogical agendas over even the last ten years, this multi-vocal introduction is long overdue.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword: Defining Composition Studies . . . Again, and Again
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Introduction: How Did We Get Here?
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. I: The State of the Field(s)
  2. pp. 11-11
  1. 1. Creation Myths and Flash Points: Understanding Basic Writing through Conflicted Stories
  2. pp. 13-35
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  1. 2. Teaching Composition in the Multilingual World: Second Language Writing in Composition Studies
  2. pp. 36-51
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  1. 3. Remapping Professional Writing: Articulating the State of the Art and Composition Studies
  2. pp. 52-72
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  1. 4. Writing Center Scholarship: A “Big Cross-Disciplinary Tent”
  2. pp. 73-88
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  1. 5. WAC’s Disappearing Act
  2. pp. 89-104
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  1. 6. Scholarly Positions in Writing Program Administration
  2. pp. 105-120
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  1. II: Innovations, Advancements, and Methodologies
  2. pp. 121-121
  1. 7. Reimagining the Nature of FYC Trends in Writing-about-Writing Pedagogies
  2. pp. 123-144
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  1. 8. Transfer, Portability, Generalization: (How) Does Composition Expertise “Carry”?
  2. pp. 145-166
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  1. 9. Writing Assessment in the Early Twenty-first Century: A Primer
  2. pp. 167-187
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  1. 10. Studying Literacy in Digital Contexts: Computers and Composition Studies
  2. pp. 188-198
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  1. 11. “What Goes On Here?”: The Uses of Ethnography in Composition Studies
  2. pp. 199-210
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  1. 12. Archival Research in the Field of Rhetoric and Composition
  2. pp. 211-222
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  1. 13. Writing Pedagogy Education: Instructor Development in Composition Studies
  2. pp. 223-240
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  1. Afterword: Redefining the Ineffable -- Or, Creating Scholarly Presence and a Usable Future: An Editor’s Perspective
  2. pp. 241-246
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 247-273
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 274-276
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 277-281
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