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Foreword: Defining Composition Studies . . . Again, and Again

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pp. vii-ix

Some fifteen years ago, Lynn Bloom, Don Daiker, and Ed White published . . .

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Introduction: How Did We Get Here?

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pp. 1-10

Composition studies—an important subset of the larger field of rhetoric and composition—is an intellectual formation that draws insights from . . .

I: The State of the Field(s)

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1. Creation Myths and Flash Points: Understanding Basic Writing through Conflicted Stories

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pp. 13-35

By now there is a well-developed literature attesting to the importance of stories—of narrative—for the development of institutional, cultural, . . .

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2. Teaching Composition in the Multilingual World: Second Language Writing in Composition Studies

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pp. 36-51

The student population in U.S. college composition programs is not what it used to be. This statement rings true regardless of which period . . .

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3. Remapping Professional Writing: Articulating the State of the Art and Composition Studies

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pp. 52-72

In 1993, Patricia A. Sullivan and James E. Porter published “Remapping Curricular Geography: Professional Writing in/and English” in the . . .

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4. Writing Center Scholarship: A “Big Cross-Disciplinary Tent”

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pp. 73-88

In his keynote address at the 2004 Thomas R. Watson Conference, Neal Lerner captured an essential quality of research and scholarship . . .

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5. WAC’s Disappearing Act

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pp. 89-104

In their contribution to this volume, “Creation Myths and Flash Points,” Linda Adler-Kassner and Susanmarie Harrington invite us to view the . . .

6. Scholarly Positions in Writing Program Administration

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pp. 105-120

II: Innovations, Advancements, and Methodologies

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7. Reimagining the Nature of FYC Trends in Writing-about-Writing Pedagogies

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pp. 123-144

As the introduction to this volume notes, the advent of the field of composition studies was marked by the emergence of specialized theory- and . . .

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8. Transfer, Portability, Generalization: (How) Does Composition Expertise “Carry”?

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pp. 145-166

Transfer, a term with myriad connotations, has become key to recent discussions in composition studies. The process it names encapsulates . . .

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9. Writing Assessment in the Early Twenty-first Century: A Primer

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pp. 167-187

By definition, writing assessment is at the heart of composition studies: through pedagogically based assessment practices like responding to . . .

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10. Studying Literacy in Digital Contexts: Computers and Composition Studies

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pp. 188-198

In a twenty-first-century world shaped increasingly by digital environments for creating and communicating meaning by electronic . . .

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11. “What Goes On Here?”: The Uses of Ethnography in Composition Studies

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pp. 199-210

“What is the postmodernist critique of ethnography?” was a question posed to me by a member of the search committee on a campus visit for . . .

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12. Archival Research in the Field of Rhetoric and Composition

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pp. 211-222

As researchers in rhetoric and composition, we are drawn to the pursuit of information that is revealed only in archival documents—the . . .

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13. Writing Pedagogy Education: Instructor Development in Composition Studies

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pp. 223-240

Within composition studies, the work of mentoring writing teachers inhabits a curricular space that is similar in significant ways to that of . . .

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Afterword: Redefining the Ineffable -- Or, Creating Scholarly Presence and a Usable Future: An Editor’s Perspective

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pp. 241-246

Most editors of professional journals, likely all, provide guidelines for evaluating manuscripts submitted for possible publication. A key . . .

Works Cited

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pp. 247-273

Index

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pp. 274-276

About the Authors

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pp. 277-281