Bruce McComiskey is a strong advocate of social approaches to
teaching writing. However, he opposes composition teaching that
relies on cultural theory for content, because it too often
prejudges the ethical character of institutions and reverts
unnecessarily to product-centered practices in the classroom. He
opposes what he calls the
"read-this-essay-and-do-what-the-author-did method of writing
instruction: read Roland Barthes's essay 'Toys' and write a similar
essay; read John Fiske's essay on TV and critique a show."
McComiskey argues for teaching writing as situated in discourse
itself, in the constant flow of texts produced within social
relationships and institutions. He urges writing teachers not to
neglect the linguistic and rhetorical levels of composing, but
rather to strengthen them with attention to the social contexts and
ideological investments that pervade both the processes and
products of writing.
A work with a sophisticated theory base, and full of examples from
McComiskey's own classrooms, Teaching Composition as a Social
Process will be valued by experienced and beginning
composition teachers alike.
Subjects: Language & Literature, Education
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