Composition, rhetoric, and disciplinarity

Rita Malenczyk, Susan Miller-Cochran, Elizabeth Wardle, Kathleen Blake Yancey

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This collection of essays responds to several exigences, among them a set of continuing tensions characterizing Rhetoric and Composition; a set of disagreements about whether or not we are, or should be, a discipline; and a nascent sense that at this particular moment in our history, Rhetoric and Composition is on the cusp of disciplinarity. After exploring this set of exigences, we turn to a rationale for this volume, in terms of why we should consider the disciplinary nature and quality of Rhetoric and Composition as well as the implications of identifying ourselves as a discipline, especially if we understand a discipline not as a site of consensus, but rather, in Ken Hyland's terms, as a context for debate and deliberation. And finally, given this context, we introduce the chapters of Composition, Rhetoric, and Disciplinarity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUtah State University Press, An imprint of University Press of Colorado
Number of pages355
ISBN (Electronic)9781607326953
ISBN (Print)9781607326946
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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