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

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The last twenty years have seen an explosion of writing programmes in American schools and universities. However, while composition has firmly established itself as a subject worthy of study, the major philosophical premises that differentiate a subject from a discipline have yet to be agreed upon. This book goes some way to resolving these problems.show more

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  • Paperback | 282 pages
  • 141.2 x 210.1 x 19.8mm | 368.26g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 5 figures
  • 0195067827
  • 9780195067828

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Drawing on wide reading in cognitive science, linguistics, literary theory, education, philosophy, hermeneutics, rhetoric, and psychology, Phelps arrives at a new conception of composition as a discipline linked to many sciences and humanities rather than merely a branch of literary studies; and further defines its link to the broader cultural themes of rhetoric, writing, praxis, and context.show more

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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 *show more

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