Writers Without Borders: Writing and Teaching Writing in Troubled Times

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Lynn Z. Bloom

Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition
Edited by Patricia Sullivan, Catherine Hobbs, Thomas Rickert, and Jennifer Bay

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978-1-60235-059-5 (paperback; $27.00; £15; €19.00 ); © 2008 by Parlor Press. 244 pages with notes, appendices, bibliography, and index

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In Writers Without Borders: Writing and Teaching Writing in Troubled Times, Lynn Z. Bloom presents groundbreaking research on the nature of essays and on the political, philosophical, ethical, and pragmatic considerations that influence how we read, write, and teach them in times troubled by terrorism, transgressive students, and uses and abuses of the Internet. Writers Without Borders reinforces Bloom’s reputation for presenting innovative and sophisticated research with a writer’s art and a teacher’s heart. Each of the eleven essays addresses in its own way the essay itself as one way to live and learn with others. 

About the Author

Lynn Z. Bloom is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Aetna Chair of Writing at the University of Connecticut. She has authored or edited numerous books, including Composition Studies as a Creative Art (1998), The Seven Deadly Virtues (2008), The Arlington Reader (2008), The Essay Connection (9th ed.  forthcoming), and two volumes of Composition Studies in the 21st Century (1996). Her many essays have appeared in College English, Writing on the Edge, Pedagogy, and  elsewhere.


Part I On Essays and Other Heartbreaking Works of Staggering Genius

  1. 1 Academic Essays and the Vertical Pronoun
  2. The Essay Canon
  3. The Essayist in—and behind—the Essay: Vested Writers, Invested Readers
  4. Compression­—When Less Says More

    Part II: Teaching Writing in—and Out of—Troubled Times

  5. Writing Textbooks in/for Times of Trauma
  6. The Great Process Paradigm and Its Legacy for the Twenty-First Century
  7. The Ineluctable Elitism of Essays and Why They Prevail in First-Year Composition Courses  
  8. Good Enough Writing

    Part III: Ethical Issues of Teaching and Writing

  9. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Ethical Principles for Dealing with Students and Student Writing in Teachers’ Publications—and in the Abyss Beyond
  10. Insider Writing: Plagiarism-Proof Assignments
  11. Negotiating the Grading Contract: No More Lobbying, Bullying or Crying

Appendix 1 (Ch. 2, The Essay Canon): Shortened Version of Bibliography of Canonical Readers
Appendix 2 (Ch. 2): Table 1. The Essay Canon
Appendix 3 (Ch. 10): Writing in the Manner of Thoreau (and Other Nature Writers)
Appendix 4 (Ch. 11): The Grading Contract Itself
Works Cited
About the Author

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