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The Norton Book of Composition Studies

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  107 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
An indispensable resource for every scholar in the field both as textbook and as professional reference."
Paperback, 1760 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published February 6th 2009)
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Jun 29, 2010 Joe rated it it was ok
Not the best summer reading, but certainly informative. I must admit that sometimes books like this make me question my interest in teaching composition. Oh, Peter Elbow, how I prefer you to this.
Dec 07, 2011 Leah rated it it was amazing
A must have for those interested in composition studies and pedagogy. Foundational collection.
Sean Endymion
Nov 11, 2011 Sean Endymion rated it did not like it
A rather useless compendium of the current research into teaching composition. If you have an interest in the topic, by all means, dive right in, but this is the opposite of my literary and teaching interests.

I have never been shy in my position that "education science" and pedagogy are totally vacuous; it never ceases to amaze me how many pages some "critical theorist" can fill up with scientifically-stolen words that simply say, "we learn to write within a certain context."

This 1700 page tome
Nov 23, 2013 Phillip rated it liked it
This is a thorough collection of readings on the history and theory of composition studies. There are a lot of good sections that would prove useful to anyone reading and researching most comp related topics. With such a wide variety of essays (and a useful alternative table of contents, which helps find essays by topic) there is almost certain to be something here on most subjects. Also, many of the essays included here are crucial reading in their own right.

However, there are a couple of signi
Nicolas A.
Jan 27, 2013 Nicolas A. rated it liked it
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An intimidating collection of compositional theory that will reward the determined reader.

I was surprised at how often I found myself underlining passages of exceptional insight expressed through beautifully worded prose. My favorite essays were: "The Social Contexts of Argumentation" by Chaim Perelman, "Inventing the University" by David Bartholomae, "Uncommon Ground: Narcissistic Reading and Material Racism" by Barbara Schneider, and "Rhetorical Sovereignty: What Do American Indians Want from
I enjoyed the articles in the collection, but many of them were pretty dense. I read this for a Theory and Practice of Writing class--that I dropped. I would recommend it for anyone interested in theories of writing and some empirical research--especially the Flower & Hayes research.
Feb 06, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it
Very dry collection of essays about composition studies. Very informative though. I am forced to read this for a class, because otherwise I could easily find more interesting reading material.
Daniel Liddle
Nov 05, 2012 Daniel Liddle rated it really liked it
Nice collection of the usual suspects. Covers the foundations of the field. This might be one of the more useful norton anthologies I've had to buy.
Adam Dorey
May 11, 2012 Adam Dorey rated it it was ok
Reading for an advanced composition course at metro state university of denver.
Mel Murata
Aug 28, 2013 Mel Murata rated it it was amazing
Such an excellent collection! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE...
Moriah L Purdy
May 10, 2011 Moriah L Purdy rated it liked it
Helpful historical Norton thing. What you'd expect.
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