Upsetting Composition Commonplaces

Upsetting Composition Commonplaces

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In Upsetting Composition Commonplaces, Ian Barnard argues that composition still retains the bulk of instructional practices that were used in the decades before poststructuralist theory discredited them. While acknowledging that some of the foundational insights of poststructuralist theory can be difficult to translate to the classroom, Barnard upends several especially intransigent tenets that continue to influence the teaching of writing and how students are encouraged to understand writing. Using six major principles of writing classrooms and textbooksa€”clarity, intent, voice, ethnography, audience, and objectivitya€”Barnard looks at the implications of poststructuralist theory for pedagogy. While suggesting some evocative poststructuralist pedagogical practices, the author focuses on diagnosing the fault lines of composition's refusal of poststructuralism rather than on providing qsolutionsa€ in the form of teaching templates. Upsetting Composition Commonplaces addresses the need to more effectively engage in poststructuralist concepts in composition in an accessible and engaging voice that will advance the conversation about relations between the theory and teaching of writing.A Review-Essay.a€ CCC34:91a€“98. ... a€œThe Politics of Persuasion versus the Construction of Alternative Communities: Zines in the Writing Classroom.a€ Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy 7 (3) . Accessedanbsp;...

Title:Upsetting Composition Commonplaces
Author: Ian Barnard
Publisher:University Press of Colorado - 2014-07-15

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