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CFP: Future(s) of Composition (3/1/04; collection)
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Call for Papers:
For an edited collection tentatively entitled
The What Next? Generation: Emerging (Re)Visions of Composition Studies
Edited by Jonathan Alexander (University of Cincinnati) and
Kathleen Blake Yancey, in her Keynote Address for the upcoming CCCC, plans to pose the question, “As we move into the 21st century, what do (and what will) we mean by composing?” The question begs yet another densely inter-related question: “As we move into the 21st century, what do (and what will) we mean by teaching composition?” As composition programs across the country continue to change, develop, and assess curricula, methods, and even the structure of administering composition and writing, it’s important to ask what trends and values are emerging that will shape the future of writing instruction in our colleges and universities.
Indeed, what we mean by composition, writing instruction, literacy—-all are in fl
Given these shifts, fads, and trends, our question is simple: what next? That is, if the emerging generation of composition specialists takes a step back and views the field as a whole, what would they see? With their immersion in the field of composition and rhetoric, and with their fresh insights into pedagogical, theoretical, and institutional shifts, what do these compositionists see as the “hot spots,” the major issues, the immediate present as it
We seek essays that address questions and that locate them in theoretically informed and engaging discussions about the state-—and future(s)—-of composition. If you are interested in contributing, please contact the editors with an initial query by March 1, 2004. Queries may be either in the form of an abstract of no more than 200 words or a letter of intent with some indication of what you would like to do in your contribution. Please submit via email to jamma_at_fuse.net and jrhodes_at_csusb.edu. Final submitted papers will be approximately 20-25 pages in length, typed doubled-spaced, in MLA format. We hope to review complete drafts by June 15, with revisions expected by September 1.
Jonathan Alexander is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati, where he also serves as Director of the English Composition Program. http://oz.uc.edu/~alexanj/
Jacqueline Rhodes is Assistant Professor of Engl