Composition StudiesComposition StudiesUniversity of Cincinnati

Composition Studies

Fall 1998, 26.2

Editor's Note


Terry Beers Self-Representation and the World Wide Web
T. R. Johnson An Apology for Pleasure, or Rethinking Romanticism and the Student Writer

Review Essays

Elizabeth A. Flynn Arguing Differently:  A Memorial Reflection
Sherry Lee Linkon Don't Mourn--Organize!  Taking Action in the Academic Labor Crisis
William Condon Teaching and Assessing Writing:  Common Ground
Linda Ferreira-Buckley Constructing Histories of Composition Studies in America


Severino, Guerra, and Butler / West

Abstracts for Compostion Studies 26.2

Beers, Terry.  "Self-Representation and the World Wide Web."  Composition Studies (26.2): 13-34.

Inspired by post-structuralist perspectives, some hypertext theorists have focused on the activities of readers, who structure a virtual hypertext according to the succession of links that they choose to follow. Since readers are seen to assume control of the arrangement of material that they experience, the role of writers tends to disappear. In this essay a complementary perspective is offered, one emphasizing the stability hypertext authors create by  virtue of the links they write into their texts. This structure of links forms the ground for exploring self-representation in hypertext environments, especially on the World Wide Web. 

Flynn, Elizabeth A.  "Arguing Differently:  A Memorial Reflection."  Composition Studies (26.2): 59-73.

"Arguing Differently" identifies three responses to the challenge to traditional rhetoric by postmodernists, feminists, and multuculturalists--revisions of classical rhetoric, critiques of classical rhetoric, and resistance to classical rhetoric.  Works reviewed, Richard Fulkerson's Teaching the Argument in Writing (NCTE, 1996), Barbara Emmel, Paula Resch, and Deborah Tenney, eds. (Sage, 1996), and Deborah P. Berrill, Perspectives on Written Argument (Hampton, 1996), are discussed in relation to these three categories.  The interanimating discussion of the three approaches suggests some strengths and limitations of each. The essay also provides a memorial reflection on Edward P.J. Corbett.