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

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Xin Liu Gale, Fredric G. Gale
SUNY Press, Apr 23, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 274 pages
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 Xin Liu Gale and Fredric G Gale
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In Case of Fire Throw In What to Do with Textbooks Once You Switch to Sourcebooks David Bleich
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The Great Way Reading and Writing in Freedom Kurt Spellmeyer
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Self Other InBetween CrossCultural Composition Readers and the Reconstruction of Cultural Identities Yameng Liu
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Appreciating Narratives of Containment and Contentment Reading the Writing Handbook as Public Discourse Joseph Janangelo
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A Textbooks Theory Current Composition Theory in Argument Textbooks Lizbeth A Bryant
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Teaching from a Single Textbook Rhetoric The Potential Heaviness of the Book Michael W Kleine
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Imitations of Life Technical Writing Textbooks and the Social Context Fredric G Gale
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The Full Toolbox and Critical Thinking Conflicts and Contradictions in The St Martins Guide to Writing Xin Liu Gale
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Of Handbooks and Handbags Composition Textbook Publishing after the Deal Decade Peter Mortensen
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Textbook Advertisements in the Formation of Composition 19691990 James Thomas Zebroski
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Writing Writing Lives The Collaborative Production of a Composition Text in a Large FirstYear Writing Program Sara Garnes David Humphries Vic...
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Contributors
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Index
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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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