In this classic text, Joseph Harris traces the evolution of
college writing instruction since the Dartmouth Seminar of 1966.
A Teaching Subject offers a brilliant interpretive history
of the first decades during which writing studies came to be
imagined as a discipline separable from its partners in English
studies. Postscripts to each chapter in this new edition bring the
history of composition up to the present.
Reviewing the development of the field through five key ideas,
Harris unfolds a set of issues and tensions that continue to shape
the teaching of writing today. Ultimately, he builds a case, now
deeply influential in its own right, that composition defines
itself through its interest and investment in the literacy work
that students and teachers do together. Unique among English
studies fields, composition is, Harris contends, a teaching
Subjects: Language & Literature, Education
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