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Reading List for MA Comprehensive Exam,
Rhetoric and Composition Option, 2013-2014 




Bawarshi, Anis. Genre & the Invention of the Writer: Reconsidering the Place of  Invention in Composition. Logan, Utah: Utah State UP, 2003.


Bizzell, Patricia and Bruce Herzberg. The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present 2nd edition. Boston: Bedford St. Martins, 2001. Print.


Villanueva, Victor. And Kristin L. Arola. Eds. Cross-Talk in Comp Theory. Third Edition. Urbana, Illinois: NCTE, 2011. Print.




            From Genre and the Invention of the Writer

            Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5


             From The Rhetorical Tradition

            Please read the following sections, including the overviews.


Plato, Aristotle, Gorgias, DePizan, Boethius, Francis Bacon, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Alexander Bain and Adams Sherman Hill, Frederick Douglass, Bakhtin, Perelman, Cixous, Anzaldua


            From Cross-Talk in Comp Theory: A Reader




Nancy Sommers. “Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Experienced Adult Writers.


Walter J. Ong. “The Writer’s Audience Is Always a Fiction”


Lisa Ede and Andrea Lunsford. “Audience Addressed/Audience Invoked: The Role of Audience in Composition Theory and Pedagogy


Lee-Ann M. Kastman Breuch. “Post-Process ‘Pedagogy”: A Philosophical Exercise”




James A. Berlin “Contemporary Composition: The Major Pedagogical Theories”





Andrea A. Lunsford. “Cognitive Development and the Basic Writer”


Patricia Bizzell. “William Perry and Liberal Education


Mike Rose. “Narrowing the Mind and Page: remedial Writers and Cognitive   Reductionism”




Kenneth A. Bruffee. “Collaborative Learning and the ‘Conversation of Mankind”


Min-Zhan Lu “Professing Multiculturalism: The Politics of Style in the Contact Zone”




Jacqueline Jones Royster “When the First Voice You Hear Is Not Your Own”


Joy Ritchie and Kathleen Boardman “Feminism in Composition: Inclusion, Metonymy and Disruption.”


Peter Elbow “Inviting the Mother Tongue: Beyond ‘Mistakes,” ‘Bad English,’ and ‘Wrong Language’”


Paul Kei Matsuda “Composition Studies and ESL Writing” A Disciplinary Division of Labor.”




Diana George “From Analysis to Design: Visual Communication in the Teaching of Writing”


Kathleen Blake Yancey “Made Not Only in Words: Composition in a New Key”


Cynthia L. Selfe and Richard J. self, Jr. “The Politics of the Interface: Power and Its Exercise in Electronic contact Zones.”