Cover

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Other Works in the Series, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vii

Contents

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pp. ix-ix

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Preface

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pp. xi-xii

In my more than twenty years of teaching writing (and nothing but writing), I must admit that I have yearned for a time when I might sit down before a stack of seventy-five student papers and feel a Buddha-like calm. I thought I might become inured. Instead I continue to feel anxiety. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiii

This product of solitary labor would not have seen the light of day were it not for its readers. I thank Lad Tobin, Bruce Ballenger, and Nancy Welch for their helpful and suggestive commentary. I thank Mark Bracher and Robert Samuels for talking about ...

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1. Psychoanalysis and Development

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pp. 1-42

Richard Nguyen came to the United States from Vietnam when he was ten. He was a senior in my summer school writing class designed for sophomores. When I saw Richard’s writing, I understood why he had put off the class. I didn’t want to flunk him; my class ...

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2. Academic Writing, Destabilization, and Extrospection

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pp. 43-75

If the purpose of the writing class as transitional environment is to assist students in making the developmental move enjoined by the university, then the writing class should have a content—a set of readings particularly—that could be defined as academic. I will have ...

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3. Theory, Selfobjects, and Falseness

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pp. 76-113

I would like to outline the primary “take-home” lesson of what follows for the writing instructor. The writing class as transitional environment is not simply a place where the student might develop and be restored. It is also where the writing instructor might develop ...

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4. The Transitional Environment and Intersubjectivity

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pp. 114-150

Here I offer a narrative of a particular writing assignment to suggest what the writing class as transitional environment might feel like. I am reluctant to offer anything more definitive than an impression, because I don’t want to suggest there are certain rules, procedures, ...

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5. Departing Thoughts:The Self-Restoration of the Writing Instructor

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pp. 151-155

One reads something of the sort I have written here not just to learn but to be affirmed. Or, to put the matter somewhat more dialectically, one is able to learn to the extent that one feels affirmed. In that light, I certainly hope that what I have had to say here about the ...

Works Cited

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pp. 159-160

Index

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pp. 161-166

About the Author, About the Series, Back Cover

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pp. 167-169