Writing Theory and Critical Theory

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1994-03-01
  • Publisher: Modern Language Assn of Amer

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Writing Theory and Critical Theory discusses the growing body of work linking composition studies and literary studies. Enlisting the strategies of deconstruction, hermeneutics, post-modernism, feminism, neo-Marxism, neopragmatism, psychoanalysis, reader-response criticism, and cultural studies, the twenty-seven contributors investigate the resources that critical theory can bring to an examination of discourse.

Part 1, "Refiguring Traditions, " contains six essays that use critical theory to illuminate the history and orthodoxies of writing instruction. The four essays in part 2, "The Language and Authority of Theory, " analyze recent clashes between theorists and empirical researchers. Part 3, "Narrative Theory and Narratives, " addresses issues ranging from the significance of narrative as a defining feature of human nature to the problems -- both political and pedagogical -- with a writing course based on "difference." In the final section, a symposium, five contributors evaluate their roles in past an future developments in composition.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Series
Introductionp. 1
Composition as a Cultural Artifact: Rethinking History as Theoryp. 19
"On a topic of your own choosing ..."p. 33
Reading and Writing in the Classroom and the Professionp. 53
On Conventions and Collaboration: The Open Road and the Iron Cagep. 73
Rhetoric, Social Construction, and Gender: Is It Bad to Be Sentimental?p. 96
The Doubleness of Writing and Permission to Liep. 109
Theory, Theory Talk, and Compositionp. 127
The Rhetoric of Theoryp. 141
Science, Theory, and the Politics of Empirical Studies in the English Departmentp. 148
Teaching Composition and Reading Lacan: An Exploration in Wild Analysisp. 159
Is There a Life in This Text? Reimagining Narrativep. 179
Essays and Experience, Time and Rhetoricp. 195
Street Fights over the Impossibility of Theory: A Report of a Seminarp. 212
Making a Federal Case out of Difference: The Politics of Pedagogy, Publicity, and Postponementp. 236
A Writing Program Administrator's Responsep. 262
Topic or Pedagogy?p. 271
Narrating Conflictp. 278
On the (Pendulum-)Swinging Eightiesp. 289
My Life in Theoryp. 300
Learning to Live with Your Past and Liking Itp. 306
"Gender and Reading" Revisitedp. 313
A Letter to the Editorsp. 319
"Rhetoric Is Politics," Said the Ancient. "How Much So," I Wonderp. 327
Constructing Narratives, Seeking Changep. 335
Theory, Theories, Politics, and Journeysp. 341
Works Citedp. 348
Indexp. 369
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