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Composition as a Human Science : Contributions to the Self-Understanding of a Discipline - Louise Wetherbee Phelps

Composition as a Human Science

Contributions to the Self-Understanding of a Discipline

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Published: 25th July 1991
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This groundbreaking collection of essays is one of the first works to reflect directly and systematically on the conceptual and ethical basis for composition studies as a new discipline of written language. Phelps articulates a philosophy of composition generous enough to accommodate all the strands of current work without being overly eclectic--an open framework subject to modification and addition as the field develops. She draws on wide reading in the humanities and social sciences--including cognitive science, linguistics, literary theory, education, philosophy, hermeneutics, rhetoric, and psychology--to define the contribution and place of composition studies within the larger intellectual and cultural community. The book will therefore interest theorists and scholars in a wide variety of fields.

"Every serious scholar in the field of composition must read Louise Phelp's Composition as a Human Science. The book sets out to do for composition what Chomsky's Syntactic Structures did for linguistics, Derrida's Of Grammatology did for philosophy, and Millett's Sexual Politics did for feminism."--College Composition and Communication "Represents a thoroughgoing redefinition and reconceptualization of the discipline of composition, one that anyone active in this field will need to attend to....The argument is informed and persuasive."--The Writing Instructor "The truth is, I really like this book, with emphasis on the present tense; I find myself rereading it, pondering it, defending it, attacking it, recommending it to my students."--Journal of Advanced Composition "Every serious scholar in the field of composition must read Louise Phelp's Composition as a Human Science. The book sets out to do for composition what Chomsky's Syntactic Structures did for linguistics, Derrida's Of Grammatology did for philosophy, and Millett's Sexual Politics did for feminism."--College Composition and Communication "Represents a thoroughgoing redefinition and reconceptualization of the discipline of composition, one that anyone active in this field will need to attend to....The argument is informed and persuasive."--The Writing Instructor "The truth is, I really like this book, with emphasis on the present tense; I find myself rereading it, pondering it, defending it, attacking it, recommending it to my students."--Journal of Advanced Composition

ISBN: 9780195067828
ISBN-10: 0195067827
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 25th July 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.01 x 14.12  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.34