Rewriting Composition: Terms of Exchange (Paperback)
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Rewriting Composition: Terms of Exchange (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 30/03/2016
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Reimagining composition's key terms
Bruce Horner's Rewriting Composition: Terms of Exchange shows how dominant inflections of key terms in composition-language, labor, value/evaluation, discipline, and composition itself-reinforce composition's low institutional status and the poor working conditions of many of its instructors and tutors. Horner demonstrates ways to challenge debilitating definitions of these terms and to rework them and their relations to one another in constructive ways.

Each chapter of Rewriting Composition focuses on one key term, discussing how limitations set by dominant definitions shape and direct what compositionists do and how they think about their work. By exposing limitations in dominant conceptions of the work of composition and by modeling and opening up space for new conceptions of key terms, Rewriting Composition offers teachers of composition and rhetoric, writing scholars, and writing program administrators the critical tools necessary for charting the future of composition studies.

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780809334506
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


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" Rewriting Composition"is a major reckoning with the field, a deep interrogation of composition s own terms of understanding.The rigor of its cultural materialist approach has a startling effect, treating the familiar in new and unsettling ways.This hasn t happened in a long time. John Trimbur, Emerson College
Read this book to understand the self-defeating abstractions we have accepted as truths in our composition work.Horner powerfully demonstrates an escape route from business as usual by reframing composition as the dynamic, always translingual work that we and our students do. Most vitally, read his book to understand how recognizing difference as the norm of language practice can help us redefine composition as the work people do with written language, negotiating meaning and producing knowledge in social locations in the composition classroom especially. Jeanne Gunner, vice chancellor and professor of English, Chapman University
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"Rewriting Composition is a major reckoning with the field, a deep interrogation of composition's own terms of understanding. The rigor of its cultural materialist approach has a startling effect, treating the familiar in new and unsettling ways. This hasn't happened in a long time."--John Trimbur, Emerson College

"Read this book to understand the self-defeating abstractions we have accepted as truths in our composition work. Horner powerfully demonstrates an escape route from 'business as usual' by reframing composition as the dynamic, always translingual work that we and our students do. Most vitally, read his book to understand how recognizing difference as the norm of language practice can help us redefine composition as the work people do with written language, negotiating meaning and producing knowledge in social locations--in the composition classroom especially."--Jeanne Gunner, vice chancellor and professor of English, Chapman University

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