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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $51.78
  • February 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93135-8
  • 1750 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

The Norton Book of Composition Studies


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Susan Miller (Editor, University of Utah)


A landmark collection by one of the field’s most distinguished scholars, The Norton Book of Composition Studies introduces new students to the historical development and most consequential themes and emphases of the field’s scholarship.

An indispensable resource for every scholar in the field—both as textbook and as professional reference.


    Alternative Contents: Topics and Interests



    Part I: Historical Accounts


    1. William Riley Parker, Where Do English Departments Come From?
    2. Jayne Harder, Sheridan: A Chapter in Standard English
    3. Edward T. Channing, A Writer’s Preparation
    4. Winifred Bryan Horner, Roots of Modern Writing Instruction
    5. Thomas Miller, The Formation of College English
    6. Wallace Douglas, Rhetoric for the Meritocracy: Composition at Harvard
    7. John Brereton, Composition Studies in the American College, 1875–1925
    8. Jean Ferguson Carr, Stephen Carr, and Lucille Schultz, Archives of Instruction
    9. Tom Fox, African American Literacy Instruction in the 19th Century
    10. Donald Stewart, The Status of Composition and Rhetoric, 1880–1902: An MLA Perspective
    11. Edward P. J. Corbett, The Cornell School of Rhetoric
    12. David Russell, American Writing-across-the-Curriculum
    13. Kathryn Fitzgerald, European Pedagogy in Nineteenth-Century Midwestern Normal Schools

    The Emergence of a Field

    1. Richard Braddock, Richard Lloyd-Jones, and Lowell Schoer, Research in Written Composition
    2. Gordon Rohman and Albert Wlecke, Pre-Writing: Models for Concept Formation
    3. Janet Emig, The Composing Processes of Twelfth Graders
    4. Chaim Perelman, Social Contexts of Argumentation
    5. Albert Kitzhaber, The Present State of Freshman Composition
    6. Richard Braddock, The Frequency and Placement of Topic Sentences
    7. Francis Christensen, A Generative Rhetoric of the Paragraph
    8. Ken Macrorie, Telling Writing
    9. Robert P. Parker Jr., From Sputnik to Dartmouth
    10. Nancy Sommers, Revision Strategies
    11. Sharon Crowley, The Evolution of Current-Traditional Rhetoric
    12. Frank D’Angelo, Nineteenth-Century Forms / Modes of Discourse
    13. Robert Tremmel, Seeking a Discipline
    14. James L. Kinneavy, Expressive Discourse
    15. Mina Shaughnessy, Errors and Expectations
    16. Richard E. Young, Needed Research in Rhetorical Invention
    17. Joseph M. Williams, The Phenomenology of Error
    18. Richard Fulkerson, Four Philosophies of Composition

    Part II: Theories of Composition

    Common Topics of Invention

    1. Maxine Hairston, Winds of Change: Thomas Kuhn and Revolution
    2. David Foster, What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Composition?
    3. James Britton, Anthony Burgess, Nancy Martin, Alex Mcleod, and Harold Rosen, Shaping at the Point of Utterance
    4. Linda Flower and John R. Hayes, The Cognition of Discovery
    5. Patricia Bizzell, Cognition, Convention, and Certainty
    6. Charles Bazerman, The Problem of Writing Knowledge
    7. George Hillocks Jr., What Works in Teaching Composition
    8. Kenneth Bruffee, Collaborative Learning
    9. Patrick Hartwell, Teaching Grammar
    10. Mike Rose, The Language of Exclusion at the University
    11. David Bartholomae, Inventing the University
    12. Linda Brodkey, On the Subjects of Class and Gender
    13. Ann E. Berthoff, The Uses of Chaos
    14. Lester Faigley, Competing Theories of Process
    15. James Berlin, Rhetoric and Ideology in the Writing Class
    16. Robert Connors, Composition-Rhetoric: Backgrounds, Theory, and Pedagogy
    17. Alice Glarden Brand, Emotion and the Writing Process

    Special Topics

    1. Donald Murray, When Writer’s Block Isn’t
    2. Robert Brooke, Underlife and Writing Instruction
    3. John Trimbur, Consensus and Difference in Collaborative Learning
    4. Joseph Harris, The Idea of Community in the Study of Writing
    5. Kathleen Welch, Ideology and Freshman Textbook Production
    6. Min–Zhan Lu, Redefining the Legacy of Mina Shaughnessy
    7. Glynda Hull, Mike Rose, Kay Losey Fraser, and Marisa Castellano, Remediation as Social Construct
    8. Andrea Lunsford and Lisa Ede, Representing Audience
    9. Kurt Spellmeyer, After Theory
    10. Dorothy A. Winsor, Invention and Writing in Technical Work
    11. John Clifford, The Subject in Discourse
    12. Mary Sue Macnealy, Concepts Basic to Quantitative Research
    13. Nedra Reynolds, Feminist Cultural Studies and Composition
    14. Susan Wells, Claiming the Archive for Rhetoric and Composition
    15. Barbara Schneider, Narcissistic Reading and Material Racism
    16. Peter Elbow, Thoughts on Expressive Discourse

    Part III: Revisions and Differences

    1. Lynn Z. Bloom, The Essay Canon
    2. Geoffrey Sirc, Never Mind the Tagmemics, Where’s the Sex Pistols?
    3. Victor Villanueva Jr., Still Another Critique of the Comp Community
    4. Lynn Worsham, Going Postal: Schooling of Emotion
    5. John R. Hayes, Factors We Shouldn’t Forget in Studying Writing
    6. Sarah Warshauer Freedman, Writing Research in the 21st Century
    7. Brenton Faber and Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Corporate Universities and the New Professionals
    8. Anne Ruggles Gere, The Extracurriculum of Composition
    9. Wayne Campbell Peck, Linda Flower, and Lorraine Higgins, Community Literacy
    10. Jacqueline Royster, When the First Voice You Hear Is Not Your Own
    11. Scott Richard Lyons, What Do American Indians Want from Writing?
    12. Beverly J. Moss, Literacy in African-American Churches
    13. Cynthia L. Selfe, Technology and Literacy: Perils of Not Paying Attention
    14. Kathleen Blake Yancey, Historicizing Writing Assessment
    15. Rebecca Moore Howard, The Cultural Work of Plagiarism
    16. Jacqueline Rhodes, Writing and Critical Agency: From Manifesto to Modem
    17. Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Deafness and Autobiography
    18. Douglas Hesse, Who Owns Writing?
    19. Richard Haswell, Complexities of Responding to Student Writing

    Part IV: Worldwide Projects

    1. James Paul Gee, The New Literacy Studies
    2. Lisa Delpit, The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse
    3. Deborah Brandt and Katie Clinton, Expanding Perspectives on Literacy as a Social Practice
    4. Allan Luke, Theory and Practice in Critical Discourse Analysis
    5. Janet Giltrow, System, Self, and Linguistic Consciousness
    6. Susan Jarratt, Rhetoric and Representation in Postcolonial Feminist Writing
    7. Andrea Lunsford, Toward a Mestiza Rhetoric: Gloria Anzaldúa
    8. Diana George, Visual Communication in the Teaching of Writing
    9. Carolyn Miller and Dawn Shepherd, Genre Analysis of the Weblog
    10. Susan Romano, Barbara Field, and Elizabeth W. de Huergo, Web Literacies of the Technically Inclined
    11. Cynthia L. Selfe and Gail E. Hawisher, Literacies and the Global Digital Divide
    12. Dwight Atkinson, L2 Writing in the Post-Process Era
    13. Christiane Donahue, French Students’ Development as Writers
    14. Paul Kei Matsuda, Identity and Power in a Japanese Online Discourse Community
    15. Sara Webb-Sunderhaus, Competing Sponsors of Literacy in Appalachian Students’ Lives
    16. A. Suresh Canagarajah, The Place of World Englishes in Composition
    17. Juan Guerra, Nomadic Consciousness and the Practice of Transcultural Repositioning
    18. Russel Durst, Writing at the Postsecondary Level

    Appendix: Resolutions, Policies, Histories

    Permissions Acknowledgments

    Author / Title Index