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ENGL 582 E - Topics Research and Writing - History & Historiography

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Focuses on the diverse research paradigms that are often employed in the study of writing processes. Topics will vary each term. Examines past and current writing research in the topic area with an emphasis on the critical examination of research designs and the influence of epistemologies on the interpretation of data. Course Information: Same as CI 565. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in writing studies or consent of instructor.

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Topic: History and Historiography in Writing Studies - Like any emergent field of academic inquiry, writing studies discovered early on the need for a backstory. In the 1980s, a number of scholars obliged. For the most part, their focus was college composition beginning in the American nineteenth century, and their histories told of honorable attachments to ancient rhetorical traditions, complicated by a vexed relationship with belletrism. But what of those who never took college composition because they couldn-t-because they weren-t young white men of privilege- We will examine various answers to this question-especially the most disruptive ones-starting with scholarship published in the 1990s and moving forward to the present. In so doing, we will construct a history of histories in our field, one that attends carefully to the theories and methods that discipline what we claim to know about the past. Seminar participants can expect on occasion to lead discussion of an assig

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Spring


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