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The Function of Theory in Composition Studies
by Raul Sanchez
How can theory improve our knowledge of writing? Raul Sanchez answers this question by examining dominant theoretical trends in composition studies over the last fifteen years, citing their common origins in a narrow, representational metatheory of writing. He argues that this adherence actually leads the field away from its objects of study: writing and the writing subjec ...more
Paperback, 123 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by State University of New York Press
(first published June 1st 2005)
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In this book, Sánchez argues that composition studies has moved away from studying writing and instead now focuses on hermeneutics and ideology. He argues, following Derrida, that writing is a paradigmatic human activity and writing should be studied as writing (a grammatological viewpoint). When we focus on epistemology, ideology, hermeneutics, and culture, we are saying that writing services a something else. He writes that instead "composition theorists might instead theorize writing as an ac ...more
Raul Sanchez's The Function of Theory in Composition Studies manifests a widely thought (but little discussed) aspect of composition research that seems peculiar to the unique subject matter of the field: what is it exactly that self described composition researchers should be doing when the do research? Although a pragmatic response to this question might appear more fitting, Sanchez proves throughout this book that a more fundamental (but not fundamentalist) approach is in order to adequately ...more