Composition StudiesComposition StudiesUniversity of Cincinnati

Composition Studies

Fall 1997, 25.2


Thomas West Differencing Negotiation
Patrick McGann "Well, Think Again!": Remarking on Grading, Subject Positions, and Writing Pedagogy
Paul Thomas Well, How Did I Get Here?
Dale Jacobs Beginning Where They Are:  A Re-vision of Critical Pedagogy


Lisa L. Hill Rereading Persephone: Revisioning Writers' Talk

Course Designs

Lynee Lewis Gaillet English 812: Expository Writing

Calls for Papers


Abstracts in composition Studies 25.2

West, Thomas.  "Differencing Negotiation."  Composition Studies (25.2):  7-18.

Some scholars in composition have forwarded the rhetorical strategy of negotiation as a mode of social and pedagogical interaction to work through cultural differences. While such arguments for negotiation are compelling and hold promise, it is also important to remain critical of the strategy itself and to understand better its complex historical and political dimensions. In this way we come to see that, among other things, parties with the power to institute their ways with language use and have used negotiation as a way to contain dissenting voices within sanctioned conventions, thereby managing the social tensions associated with issues of cultural difference.