Cover

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Title page, Copyright page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Series Statement

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pp. ix-x

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xvi

Reading Candace Spigelman’s Across Property Lines has been important to me both as a practitioner and as a compositionist committed to bridging the public/private boundaries for writing. Spigelman’s study helps me understand...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xvii-xx

Creative writers seem to worry little about the origins of their ideas. They take as given the myriad sources that shape their works. Student writers, on the other hand, worry a great deal. Indeed, the most vigilant often try to eradicate from their writing all traces...

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1. The Dialectics of Textual Ownership

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pp. 1-24

For as long as I can remember, I have used peer groups in my writing classes. I have worked with groups who seemed naturally connected; groups who met eagerly and shared willingly; groups who needed prodding, continual monitoring, and modeling; and groups...

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2. Crossing Property Lines: Textual Ownership in a Working Writers’ Group

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pp. 25-69

Despite its enduring popularity, the Romantic myth of the sequestered, garret-bound author is fiction. The long history of writing groups testifies to the inherently social dimensions of the writing process. Reaching back to the salon and the coffeehouse, writers and thinkers have sought to share...

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3. Recrossing Property Lines: Textual Ownership in a Student Writers’ Group

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pp. 70-111

Concerns about ownership in the writing classroom are fitting. For more than a decade, composition scholars have warned writing teachers that their written or oral comments might wrest from their students ownership of their...

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4. Gaps and Intersections: Textual Ownership in Theory and Practice

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pp. 112-146

By exploring the relationship between public and private notions of intellectual property and the activities of writing groups that embrace these notions, this study seeks to provide information that will be useful in guiding students toward more productive...

Appendix 1: The Essay Assignment

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pp. 147-148

Appendix 2: Student Essays: Rough and Revised Drafts

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pp. 149-156

Notes

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pp. 157-164

Works Cited

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pp. 165-172

Index

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pp. 173-177

Author Biography

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pp. 178-178

Back Cover

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pp. 179-179