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Critical Expressivism: Theory and Practice in the Composition Classroom
Edited by Tara Roeder and Roseanne Gatto
Perspectives on Writing
Series Editor, Susan H. McLeod
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978-1-60235-651-1 (paperback, $32); 978-1-60235-652-8 (hardcover, $65); 978-1-60235-653-5 (pdf, $20) © 2015 Tara Roeder and Roseanne Gatto. 315 pages with illustrations and bibliographies.
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Critical Expressivism: Theory and Practice in the Composition Classroom is an ambitious attempt to re-appropriate intellectual territory that has more often been charted by its detractors than by its proponents. Indeed, as Peter Elbow observes in his contribution to this volume, "As far as I can tell, the term 'expressivist' was coined and used only by people who wanted a word for people they disapproved of and wanted to discredit." The editors and contributors to this collection invite readers to join them in a new conversation, one informed by "a belief that the term expressivism continues to have a vitally important function in our field."
About the Editors
Tara Roeder is an Associate Professor with the Institute for Writing Studies at St. John's University. She earned her doctorate in English from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2014. Her research focuses on feminist theory and women's memoir; non-oedipal psychoanalytic theory and pedagogy; and queer theory and pedagogy.
Roseanne Gatto is an Associate Professor with the Institute for Writing Studies at St. John's University. She earned her doctorate in composition and rhetoric at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Her research interests include archival research methods and social justice in composition/rhetoric.
Preface: Yes, I Know That Expressivism Is Out of Vogue, But …
Re-Imagining Expressivism: An Introduction
Tara Roeder and Roseanne Gatto
Section One: Critical Self-Construction
"Personal Writing" and "Expressivism" as Problem Terms
Selfhood and the Personal Essay: A Pragmatic Defense
Critical Memoir and Identity Formation: Being, Belonging, Becoming
Critical Expressivism's Alchemical Challenge
Past-Writing: Negotiating the Complexity of Experience and Memory
Essai—A Metaphor: Writing to Show Thinking
Section Two:Personal Writing and Social Change
Communication as Social Action: Critical Expressivist Pedagogies in the Writing Classroom
Patricia Webb Boyd
From the Personal to the Social
Daniel F. Collins
"Is it Possible to Teach Writing So That People Stop Killing Each Other?" Nonviolence, Composition, and Critical Expressivism
The (Un)Knowable Self and Others: Critical Empathy and Expressivism
Section 3: Histories
John Watson Is to Introspectionism as James Berlin Is to Expressivism (And Other Analogies You Won't Find on the SAT)
Expressive Pedagogies in the University of Pittsburgh's Alternative Curriculum Program, 1973-1979
Rereading Romanticism, Rereading Expressivism: Revising "Voice" through Wordsworth's Prefaces
Hannah J. Rule
Emerson's Pragmatic Call for Critical Conscience: Double Consciousness, Cognition, and Human Nature
Section Four: Pedagogies
Place-Based Genre Writing as Critical Expressivist Practice
Multicultural Critical Pedagogy in the Community-Based Classroom: A Motivation for Foregrounding the Personal
Kim M. Davis
The Economy of Expressivism and Its Legacy of Low/No-Stakes Writing
Revisiting Radical Revision