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Composition In The University: Historical and Polemical Essays

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Composition in the University examines the required introductory course in composition within American colleges and universities. Crowley argues that due to its association with literary studies in English departments, composition instruction has been inappropriately influenced by humanist pedagogy and that modern humanism is not a satisfactory rationale for the study of w ...more
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Published May 28th 1998 by University of Pittsburgh Press
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Sharon Crowley’s 1998 book Composition in the University: Historical and Polemical Essays is a rhetorical text about composition, with Crowley ultimately making an argument for the restoration of rhetoric in universities’ first-year composition (FYC) classrooms.

Crowley is forthcoming about the book’s argumentative nature, setting up her project as an ideological examination of composition’s own ideological origins and development rather than an objective historical account. The early pages of t
Crowley's 1998 Composition in the University is Crowley's perspective on the history of composition as a discipline and first-year requirement in North American universities. Much of her book explores how Composition has been undervalued in many ways by English departments, with teaching relegated to un-tenured faculty and graduate students, but also how the program was needed by English departments in order to become large departments where faculty to specialized in aspects of literature and te ...more
I read it for my doctorate. Though I have different epistemological view than Crowley, her reading of the difficult position of composition in the modern university is brilliant.
My professor was a huge fan. I thought it was ok. Composition Theory.
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