Feminism and Composition Studies

In Other Words

  • Editors: Susan C. Jarratt, Lynn Worsham
  • Pages: xiii + 401
  • Published: 1998
  • ISBN: 9780873525862 (Paperback)
  • ISBN: 9780873525855 (Cloth)
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The fifteen essays and six responses in this volume of the MLA’s Research and Scholarship in Composition series “push the boundaries of knowledge in both feminism and composition,” as the coeditor Susan C. Jarratt writes, “by exploring the productive intersections and tensions of the two.” She goes on to say, “Composition at its best works against the grain of conventional institutional practices. . . .  Both feminist inquiry and post-current-traditional composition studies/styles challenge assumptions and seek to transform ways of thinking, teaching, and learning.” Both are complex, containing different agendas and different voices.

Feminism and Composition Studies: In Other Words is a feminist project that boldly places at its center differences among women. Topics discussed include American history, politics, language, racism, pedagogy, contingent labor in the teaching of writing, e-mail behavior, and the need for educational and institutional reform. Teachers, graduate students, program administrators, and feminists will find valuable the critiques, theoretical as well as personal, contained in this unusually honest and thought-provoking volume.