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College Composition and Communication, Vol. 59, No. 4, June 2008

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Table of Contents

  • From the Editor

    Deborah H. Holdstein

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

  • Further Contributions from the Ethical Turn in Composition/Rhetoric: Analyzing Ethics in Interaction

    Ellen Barton

    Abstract: In this essay, I propose that the field of composition/rhetoric can make important contributions to the understanding of ethics based on our critical perspective on language as interactional and rhetorical. The actual language of decision making with ethical dimensions has rarely been studied directly in the literature, a crucial gap our field can usefully fill.

    Keywords: College

  • “Seemingly Uncouth Forms”: Letters at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary

    Suzanne B. Spring

    Abstract: Dispelling historical narratives in composition and rhetoric that largely depict nineteenth-century student compositions as “vacuous” themes, this archival study examines women’s compositions at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary as complex generic hybrids, in which the composition is fused with common social and dialogic forms.

    Keywords: College

  • The Scarlet P: Plagiarism, Panopticism, and the Rhetoric of Academic

    Sean Zwagerman

    Abstract: This article is a rhetorical analysis of the anxious and outraged discourse employed in response to the “rising tide” of cheating and plagiarism. This discourse invites actions that are antithetical to the goals of education and the roles of educators, as exemplified by the proliferation of plagiarism-detection technologies.

    Keywords: College

  • The Ethics of Digital Writing Research: A Rhetorical Approach

    Heidi McKee and James E. Porter

    Abstract: The study of writers and writing in digital environments raises distinct and complex ethical issues for researchers. Rhetoric theory and casuistic ethics, working in tandem, provide a theoretical framework for addressing such issues. A casuistic heuristic grounded in rhetorical principles can help digital writing researchers critically interrogate their research designs, carefully examine their relationships with research participants, and make sound ethical judgments.

    Keywords: College

  • Sp(l)itting Images; or, Back to the Future of (Rhetoric and?) Composition

    Karen Kopelson

    Abstract: This article places responses received from an open-ended survey of graduate students and faculty in dialogue with published commentary on the scope of composition studies as a discipline to explore three interrelated disciplinary dilemmas: the “pedagogical imperative,” the “theory-practice split,” and the increasingly complicated relationship between “rhetoric” and “composition” as our field’s titular terms.

    Keywords: College

  • “Mistakes Are a Fact of Life”: A National Comparative Study

    Andrea A. Lunsford and Karen J. Lunsford

    Abstract: This essay reports on a study of first-year student writing. Based on a stratified national sample, the study attempts to replicate research conducted twenty-two years ago and to chart the changes that have taken place in student writing since then. The findings suggest that papers are longer, employ different genres, and contain new error patterns.

    Keywords: College


    Abstract: Heather Lettner-Rust has written a commentary on David Coogan’s article “Service Learning and Social Change: The Case for Materialist Rhetoric,” which appeared in the June 2006 issue of CCC. David Coogan responds to Heather Lettner-Rust’s commentary. The full text of the original article is available at

    Keywords: College


    Abstract: "Delivering the Goods: How Writing Instruction Really Works" by Howard Tinberg; A review of "Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts" by Joseph Harris and of "Delivering College Composition: The Fifth Canon," edited by Kathleen Blake Yancey.

    Keywords: College


    Abstract: "Democratic Dialogue in Education: Troubling Speech, Disturbing Silence," edited by Megan Boler; "Computers and Writing: The Cyborg Era," by James A. Inman.

    Keywords: College

  • CCC Guidelines for Writers

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

  • CCCC News

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

  • Announcements and Calls

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

  • Index to Volume 59

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

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