Composition/Rhetoric/Writing Studies as an Academic Field
- An interest in how texts are produced
- An interest in ordinary language—that is, in the writing of students, workers, and community members
A Brief Composition Timeline
1874 Harvard College institutes a written entrance exam
1944 GI Bill
1949 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) founded, CCC begins publication
1966 Dartmouth Seminar on the Teaching of English
1969 Open Admissions founded at CUNY
1971 Janet Emig publishes The Composing Processes of Twelfth Graders
1974 CCCC endorses The Students’ Right to Their Own Language
1977 Mina Shaughnessy publishes Errors and Expectations
1987 Wyoming Conference Resolution Opposing Unfair Salaries and Working Conditions for Teachers of Postsecondary Writing
1995 Elbow/Bartholomae debate on personal and academic writing
1996 The New London Group publishes “A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies”
Reflections on This Seminar
We hope to continue to offer this seminar in the future, and so would much appreciate your help as we refine and move forward with this project. I’d thus like to ask you to do some reflective writing in which you respond to any or all of the following questions:
- What should we make sure to continue to do?
- What might we do more of?
- What could we perhaps do differently?
We may draw on your your comments as part of a report to the Mellon Foundation, so please don’t put your name on them. Instead use Guerilla Mail to email your reflection anonymously to John Paulas. He will organize them for our review. Thanks!
Have your laptop open with your course site displayed. Turn your screen to the middle of the room. Walk around, see what people are doing, and talk to them about it.
Some Closing Thoughts (For Now) From Me
I thought this week was at once exhausting and invigorating. I’m excited by the courses you are designing, and I think Berkeley is lucky to have you! Please don’t hesitate to contact me in the coming weeks and months. I’m eager to keep in touch.
Thanks for your work!