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College Composition and Communication, Vol. 62, No. 3, February 2011

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Table of Contents

  • From the Editor: Writing Agency, Writing Practices, Writing Pasts and Futures

    Kathleen Blake Yancey

  • Rhetorical Agency as Emergent and Enacted

    Marilyn M. Cooper

    Abstract: Individual agency is necessary for the possibility of rhetoric, and especially for deliberative rhetoric, which enables the composition of what Latour calls a good common world. Drawing on neurophenomenology, this essay defines individual agency as the process through which organisms create meanings through acting into the world and changing their structure in response to the perceived consequences of their actions. Conceiving of agency in this way enables writers to recognize their rhetorical acts, whether conscious or nonconscious, as acts that make them who they are, that affect others, and that can contribute to the common good. Responsible rhetorical agency entails being open to and responsive to the meanings of concrete others, and thus seeing persuasion as an invitation to listeners as also always agents in persuasion.

  • Being There: (Re)Making the Assessment Scene

    Chris W. Gallagher

    Abstract: I use Burkean analysis to show how neoliberalism undermines faculty assessment expertise and underwrites testing industry expertise in the current assessment scene. Contending that we cannot extricate ourselves from our limited agency in this scene until we abandon the familiar “stakeholder” theory of power, I propose a rewriting of the assessment scene that asserts faculty and student agency and leadership for writing assessment.

  • Toward Graduate-Level Writing Instruction

    Laura R. Micciche with Allison D. Carr

    Abstract: Calling for an explicit commitment to graduate-level writing instruction in English studies, the authors describe a critical writing workshop that serves this purpose. The aim of the course is to create a formal curricular space through which students can brainstorm, create, and sustain a wide variety of critical writing projects.

  • 2010 CCCC Exemplar Award Acceptance Speech

    W. Ross Winterowd

    Abstract: The Exemplar Award is presented to a person who has served or serves as an exemplar of our organization, representing the highest ideals of scholarship, teaching, and service to the entire profession. This is a written version of the acceptance speech W. Ross Winterowd gave at the CCCC meeting in Louisville on March 18, 2010. We're sorry to report that Winterowd died on January 21, 2011.

  • Special Symposium: Commemorating the NCTE/CCCC Relationship

    Abstract: 2011 marks the Centennial of the National Council of Teachers of English, and to commemorate this milestone, CCC will publish two Symposia, one in this issue of the journal, and a second in June. Here we learn from Erika Lindemann about the founding of both NCTE and CCCC; about how both groups have developed; and, drawing from these histories, about how we might move into the next hundred years. From Keith Gilyard, who authors the second Symposium article, we learn about how activism has been at the heart of both organizations; about how language activism in particular has separatedNCTE and CCCC—and brought us together; and about how current concerns can evoke a shared agenda as we move forward into NCTE’s second century.

  • Review Essay: Beyond Typical Ideas of Writing: Developing a Diverse Understanding of Writers, Writing, and Writing Instruction

    Susan K. Miller-Cochran


    Reviewed are:


    The Idea of a Writing Laboratory, Neal Lerner


    Generation 1.5 in College Composition: Teaching Academic Writing to U.S.-Educated Learners of ESL, Mark Roberge, Meryl Siegal, and Linda Harklau, editors


    The Community College Writer: Exceeding Expectations, Howard Tinberg and Jean-Paul Nadeau


    College Writing and Beyond: A New Framework for University Writing Instruction, Anne Beaufort

  • CCC Poster Page 5: Genre [FREE ACCESS]

  • CCCC News

  • Announcements and Calls

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