This is a collection of stories - stories of scholars who have found a lifelong commitment to the teaching of writing. It includes the professional histories of nineteen rhetoricians and compositionists who explain how they came to fall in love with the written word and with teaching. Their stories are filled with personal anecdotes - some funny, some touching, some mundane. All of the stories demonstrate how scholars' personal and professional lives intertwine. These stories also help to situate the scholars, their work, and, importantly, the development of the profession. Arranged in a loose chrological order, these essays reflect the progression of rhetoric and composition studies from the ad hoc scrambling of post-World War II teachers into a vibrant and growing discipline with more than 70 doctoral programmes producing specialized scholars, researchers and teachers of writing. The chapter authors represent the variety of camps that w comprise the diverse discipline of rhetoric and composition. Whether historian, researcher, theorist or practitioner, each of these contributors is, however, a teacher. The narratives are collected from senior members of the profession so that their stories can be preserved for future generations of scholars and teachers in the field. This collection is t only a record of their contribution and some of the benchmarks in the field, but an opportunity for the writers to provide us with their reflections and retrospection. These essays reveal how rhetoric and composition are shaped by the confluences of various discplines such as literary study, creative writing, philosophy and education. Of te are the disparate paths and backgrounds that people have taken to achieve their professional stature. The narratives, however, are most relevatory in describing the forging of a discipline as it reasserts its value within the academy and to the students it serves.
Taylor & Francis Inc
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Education & Teaching
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Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc
Duane H. Roen, Stuart C. Brown, Theresa Jarnagi Enos