In this Book

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In the face of the gradual saturation of US public education by the logics of neoliberalism, educators often find themselves at a loss to respond, let alone resist. Through state defunding and many other “reforms” fueled by austerity politics, a majority of educators are becoming casual labor in US universities while those who hang onto secure employment are pressed to act as self-supporting entrepreneurs or do more with less. Focusing on the discipline of writing studies, this collection addresses the sense of crisis that many educators experience in this age of austerity. The chapters in this book chronicle how neoliberal political economy shapes writing assessments, curricula, teacher agency, program administration, and funding distribution. Contributors also focus on how neoliberal political economy dictates the direction of scholarship, because the economic and political agenda shaping the terms of work, the methods of delivery, and the ways of valuing and assessing writing also shape the primary concerns and directions of scholarship. Composition in the Age of Austerity offers critical accounts of how the restructuring of higher education is shaping the daily realities of composition programs. The book documents the effects and implications of the current restructuring, examines how cherished rhetorical ideals actually leave the field unprepared to respond intelligibly in this national conversation, and establishes points of departure for collective response.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: Composition in the Age of Austerity
  2. Tony Scott, Nancy Welch
  3. pp. 3-18
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  1. Part I: Neoliberal Deformations
  2. pp. 19-20
  1. 1. Our Trojan Horse: Outcomes Assessment and the Resurrection of Competency-Based Education
  2. Chris W. Gallagher
  3. pp. 21-34
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  1. 2. Confessions of an Assessment Fellow
  2. Deborah Mutnick
  3. pp. 35-50
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  1. 3. First-Year Composition Course Redesigns: Pedagogical Innovation or Solution to the “Cost Disease”?
  2. Emily J. Isaacs
  3. pp. 51-64
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  1. 4. Who’s Coming to the Composition Classroom? K–12 Writing in and outside the Context of Common Core State Standards
  2. Marcelle M. Haddix, Brandi Williams
  3. pp. 65-74
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  1. Part II: Composition in an Austere World
  2. pp. 75-76
  1. 5. The National Writing Project in the Age of Austerity
  2. Tom Fox, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl
  3. pp. 77-91
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  1. 6. Occupy Basic Writing: Pedagogy in the Wake of Austerity
  2. Susan Naomi Bernstein
  3. pp. 92-105
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  1. 7. Austerity Behind Bars: The “Cost” of Prison College Programs
  2. Tobi Jacobi
  3. pp. 106-119
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  1. 8. BuskerFest: The Struggle for Space in Public Rhetorical Education
  2. Mary Ann Cain
  3. pp. 120-131
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  1. 9. First-Year Writing and the Angels of Austerity: A Re-Domesticated Drama
  2. Nancy Welch
  3. pp. 132-146
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  1. Part III: Composition at the Crossroads
  2. pp. 147-148
  1. 10. What Happens When Ideological Narratives Lose Their Force?
  2. Jeanne Gunner
  3. pp. 149-162
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  1. 11. Composition’s Dead
  2. Ann Larson
  3. pp. 163-176
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  1. 12. Austerity, Contingency, and Administrative Bloat: Writing Programs and Universities in an Age of Feast and Famine
  2. Eileen E. Schell
  3. pp. 177-190
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  1. 13. Beyond Marketability: Locating Teacher Agency in the Neoliberal University
  2. Shari Stenberg
  3. pp. 191-204
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  1. 14. Animated by the Entrepreneurial Spirit: Austerity, Dispossession, and Composition’s Last Living Act
  2. Tony Scott
  3. pp. 205-219
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  1. Afterword: Hacking the Body Politic
  2. Lil Brannon
  3. pp. 220-228
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 229-232
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 233-235
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607324454
Related ISBN
9781607324447
MARC Record
OCLC
944187373
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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