In (First Person)2, Day and Eodice offer one of the few
book-length studies of co-authoring in academic fields since
Lunsford and Ede published theirs over a decade ago. The central
research here involves in-depth interviews with ten successful
academic collaborators from a range of disciplines and settings.
The interviews explore the narratives of these informants'
experience-what brought them to collaborate, what cognitive and
logistical processes were involved as they worked together, what is
the status of collaborated work in their field, and so on-and
situate these informants within the broader discussion of
collaboration theory and research as it has been articulated over
the last ten years.
As the study develops, Day and Eodice become most interested in
the affective domain of co-authorship, and they find the most
promising explorations of that domain in the work of feminist
theorists in composition. Against a background of feminist theory,
the reflections of these informants and authors not only provide a
window into the processes of current scholarship in writing, but
also come to stand as a critique of traditional practice in English
departments. Throughout the book, the two co-authors interrupt
themselves with reflections of their own, on the rejection long ago
of their proposal to co-author a dissertation, on their
presuppositions about their research, on their developing
commitment to the framework of feminist theory to account for their
findings, and on their own processes and challenges in writing this
book. The result is a well-centered volume that is disciplined and
restrained in its presentation of research, but which is layered
and multivocal in presentation, and which ends with some
Subjects: Language & Literature, Education
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