Contemporary composition studies : a guide to theorists and terms /

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Author / Creator:Babin, Edith H.
Imprint:Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
Description:1 online resource (xiv, 330 pages)
Subject:English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching.
English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching -- Terminology.
English language -- Composition and exercises.
Report writing -- Study and teaching.
REFERENCE -- Writing Skills.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Composition & Creative Writing.
English language -- Composition and exercises.
English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching.
Report writing -- Study and teaching.
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Other authors / contributors:Harrison, Kimberly, 1969-
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-313) and index.
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Other form:Print version: Babin, Edith H. Contemporary composition studies. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999 0313300879
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According to the preface, this volume is intended to orient newcomers, familiarize persons in other disciplines, and refresh seasoned teachers in composition theory. The volume has two basic parts. The scholar section has biographical sketches of approximately 100 leaders in the field. Inclusion was based on peer evaluation, contributions to the field, frequency of publication, frequency of citation, and leadership in professional organizations. Each entry gives the scholar's name, area of specialization, significant contributions, and a bibliography of representative works. Part 2 defines terms that could prove confusing or problematic for persons new to the field, selected from composition journals such as College Composition and Communication (1950- ), College English (1939- ), and Journal of Advanced Composition (1980- ). Entries for terms have four sections: a working definition, variant definition and explanation, examples of use in context, and persons associated with the term. Entries vary in length but are not as detailed as those in Theorizing Composition: A Critical Sourcebook of Theory and Scholarship in Contemporary Composition Studies, ed. by Mary Lynch Kennedy (CH, Nov'98). The appendix lists noted scholars outside the composition field who have had a major impact on it. There is an extensive list of works cited, a list of journal abbreviations, and name and subject indexes. Considering the book's scope, it will be excellent for those new to composition or those seeking to familiarize themselves with it, and a good purchase for libraries that support education and composition studies. J. P. Burton; West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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