Rhetoric and composition’s conceptual indeterminacy as political-economic work

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By returning to the controversy created by the publication in 2002 of Marc Bousquet’s JAC article (“Composition as a Management Science”), focusing on the labor issues attending composition teaching and the prospects of institutional critique, I examine how the conceptual indeterminacy of many of the field’s key terms in actuality undergo (and perform) a political-economic function. This exploration forms the basis for an analysis of how the knowledge domains of the field can be more clearly defined through an effort to reframe the field as “writing studies,” for the purpose of moving beyond the worn out commonplaces and labor exploitation associated with first-year composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-97
Number of pages30
JournalCollege Composition and Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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