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Greg Giberson and Tom Moriarty have collected a rich volume that offers a state-of-the-field look at the question of the undergraduate writing major, a vital issue for compositionists as the discipline continues to evolve. What We Are Becoming provides an indispensable resource for departments and WPAs who are building undergraduate majors.
     Contributors to the volume address a range of vital questions for undergraduate programs, including such issues as the competition for majors within departments, the job market for undergraduates, varying focuses and curricula of such majors, and the formation of them in departments separate from English. Other chapters discuss the importance of flexibility, consider arguments for a rhetorical or civic discourse core for the writing major, address the relationship between rhetoric and composition majors, and review the role of multiliteracies in the major.
     The field of composition has not come to a consensus on the shape, content, or focus of the undergradutate major. But as individual programs develop and refine their curricula, one thing has become clear: we must think about them in ways that go beyond our particular circumstances, theorize them in ways that secure their place on our campuses and in our discipline for years to come. What We Are Becoming is an effort to do just that.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Forging Connections Among Undergraduate Writing Majors
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Section 1: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Issues for Writing Majors
  2. p. 11
  1. 1. A Major in Flexibility
  2. pp. 13-31
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  1. 2. Redefining the Undergraduate English Writing Major: An Integrated Approach at a Small Comprehensive University
  2. pp. 32-49
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  1. 3. Restorying Disciplinary Relationships: The Development of an Undergraduate Writing Concentration
  2. pp. 50-66
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  1. 4. Outside the English Department: Oakland University’s Writing Program and the Writing and Rhetoric Major
  2. pp. 67-80
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  1. 5. “Between the idea and the reality . . . falls the Shadow”: The Promise and Peril of a Small College Writing Major
  2. pp. 81-97
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  1. 6. The Writing Major as Shared Commitment
  2. pp. 98-120
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  1. 7. Dancing with Our Siblings: The Unlikely Case for a Rhetoric Major
  2. pp. 130-152
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  1. 8. Writing Program Development and Disciplinary Integrity: What’s Rhetoric Got to Do with It?
  2. pp. 153-173
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  1. Section 2: Curricula, Location, and Directions of Writing Majors
  2. p. 175
  1. 9. Remembering the Canons’ Middle Sisters: Style, Memory, and the Return of the Progymnasmata in the Liberal Arts Writing Major
  2. pp. 177-203
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  1. 10. Civic Rhetoric and the Undergraduate Major in Rhetoric and Writing
  2. pp. 204-216
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  1. 11. Composing Multiliteracies and Image: Multimodal Writing Majors for a Creative Economy
  2. pp. 217-224
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  1. 12. Not Just Another Pretty Classroom Genre: The Uses of Creative Nonfiction in the Writing Major
  2. pp. 225-242
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  1. 13. The Writing Arts Major: A Work in Process
  2. pp. 243-259
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  1. 14. “What Exactly is This Major?” Creating Disciplinary Identity through an Introductory Course
  2. pp. 260-276
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  1. 15. Toward a Description of Undergraduate Writing Majors
  2. pp. 277-286
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 287-289
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 290-294
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780874217643
Related ISBN
9780874217636
MARC Record
OCLC
613205873
Pages
294
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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