The CCCC Studies in Writing & Rhetoric (SWR) series, established in 1984, aims to influence how writing gets taught at the college level. The methods of studies vary from the critical to historical to linguistic to ethnographic, and their authors draw on work in the many various fields that inform composition—including rhetoric, communication, education, discourse analysis, psychology, cultural studies, and literature. Their focuses are similarly diverse, ranging from studies of individual writers and teachers, to work on classrooms and communities and curricula, to analyses of the social, political, and material contexts of writing and its teaching.
- Visit the SWR Submissions page for information on submitting a book proposal.
- For questions related to the SWR series, please email Steve Parks, SWR Editor.
- Learn more about and purchase SWR books.
- SWR Editor search procedures
- Listen to interviews with SWR authors.
- Listen to authors read from their books.
- View brief videos with tips for submitting a proposal for the series.
Newest SWR Books
- Translanguaging outside the Academy: Negotiating Rhetoric and Healthcare in the Spanish Caribbean
Author: Rachel Bloom-Pojar
Rachel Bloom-Pojar draws from an ethnographic study of a summer health program in the Dominican Republic to examine what exactly rhetorical translanguaging might look like, arguing for a rhetorical approach that accounts for stigma, race, and institutional constraints.
- Collaborative Learning as Democratic Practice: A History
Author: Mara Holt
Holt examines the rich historical and political contexts of collaborative learning, starting with John Dewey’s impact on progressive education in the early twentieth century.
- Reframing the Relational: A Pedagogical Ethic for Cross-Curricular Literacy Work
Author: Sandra L. Tarabochia
Tarabochia argues that a pedagogical approach to faculty interactions in Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and Writing in the Disciplines (WID) contexts can enhance cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration and ultimately lead to more productive, sustainable initiatives.
- Inside the Subject: A Theory of Identity for the Study of Writing
Author: Raul Sanchez
Sanchez develops a new theoretical approach to the study of writing by fusing key aspects of postmodern theory with the empirical sensibilities of composition studies and with that field’s long-standing investment in writerly agency.
- Genre of Power: Police Report Writers and Readers in the Justice System
Author: Leslie Seawright
Seawright describes the journey of a police report as it travels through the criminal justice system, exposing the ways in which power, agency, and authority circulate and accrue between writers and readers.
Agents of Integration: Understanding Transfer as a Rhetorical Act
Author: Rebecca S. Nowacek
The question of how students transfer knowledge is an important one, as it addresses the larger issue of the educational experience. In Agents of Integration: Understanding Transfer as a Rhetorical Act, Rebecca S. Nowacek explores, through a series of case studies, the issue of transfer by asking what in an educational setting engages students to become “agents of integration”— individuals actively working to perceive, as well as to convey effectively to others, the connections they make. Learn more about this text and listen to a podcast interview with the author.
A Taste for Language: Literacy, Class, and English Studies
Author: James Ray Watkins Jr.
Everyday Genres: Writing Assignments across the Disciplines
Author: Mary Soliday
The Community College Writer: Exceeding Expectations
Authors: Howard Tinberg and Jean-Paul Nadeau
Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960,
Author: Kelly Ritter