Re Visioning Composition Textbooks: Conflicts of Culture, Ideology, and Pedagogy

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Xin Liu Gale, Fredric G. Gale
SUNY Press, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 274 pages
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An exploration of the sometimes tenuous relationship between textbooks and the discipline of composition and rhetoric, (Re)Visioning Composition Textbooks critically scrutinizes the culture of textbooks from the vantage point of scholars and teachers. It examines a variety of textbooks including: standard rhetorics, handbooks, cross-cultural anthologies, readers, technical textbooks, and argumentation textbooks. Different perspectives are used to discuss the cultures, ideologies, traditions, and the material and political conditions that influence the writing and publishing of these works. Contributors raise challenging questions about the relationship between textbooks and the cultures which produce them, the discipline of which they are an indispensable part, and the classrooms in which they are to have their most tangible effects on teaching and learning.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
In Case of Fire Throw In What to Do with Textbooks
15
Reading and Writing in Freedom
45
CrossCultural Composition
69
Appreciating Narratives of Containment
93
Current Composition Theory
113
Technical Writing Textbooks
163
Conflicts
185
Composition Textbook
217
Textbook Advertisements in the Formation
231
The Collaborative Production
249
Contributors
267
Copyright

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Xin Liu Gale is Assistant Professor of Writing and English at Syracuse University. She is the author of Teachers, Discourses, and Authority in the Postmodern Composition Classroom, also published by SUNY Press.

Fredric G. Gale is Associate Professor of Writing and English at Syracuse University. He has coedited several books and is the author of Political Literacy: Rhetoric, Philosophy and the Possibility of Justice, also published by SUNY Press.

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