Composition Reading List

Overviews of Theories of Composition: (297 pages)

Berlin, James. Rhetoric and Reality: Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1900-1985. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1987 (189 pages)

Berlin, James. “Contemporary Composition: The Major Pedagogical Theories.” College English 44.8 (Dec. 1982): 765-777. (13 pages)

Berlin, James. “Rhetoric and Ideology.” College English 50.5 (Sept. 1988):477-494. (18 pages)

Faigley, Lester. “Competing Theories of Process: A Critique and a Proposal.” College English 48.6 (Oct. 1986): 527-542. (16 pages)

Fulkerson, Richard. “Four Philosophies of Composition.” CCC 30.4 (Dec. 1979): 343-348. (6 pages)

Fulkerson, Richard. “Composition Theory in the Eighties: Axiological Consensus and Paradigmatic Diversity.” CCC 41.4 (Dec. 1990): 409-429. (21 pages)

Fulkerson, Richard. “Composition at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century.” CCC 56.4 (Jun. 2005): 654-687. (34 pages)

Cluster: Research Methodologies (644 pages)

Johanek, Cindy. Composing Research. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2000. (209 pages)

North, Stephen. The Making of Knowledge in Composition: Portrait of an Emerging Field. Upper Montclair, NJ: Boyton/Cook Publishers, 1987. (403 pages)

Fleckenstein, Kristie S., Clay Spinuzzi, Rebecca J. Rickly, and Carole Clark Papper. “The Importance of Harmony: An Ecological Metaphor for Writing Research” CCC 60.2 (Dec 2008): 388-419. (32 pages)

Cluster: Genre (171 pages)

Devitt, Amy. Generalizing about Genre: New Conceptions of an Old Concept.” CCC 44.4 (Dec. 1993): 573-586. (14 pages)

Green, Bill, and Alison Lee. “Writing Geography: Literacy, Identity, and Schooling.”  Learning and Teaching Genre. Ed. Aviva Freedman and Peter Medway. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1994. 207-24. (18 pages)

Research in the Teaching of English 27.3 (1993): full issue. (104 pages)

Freedman, Aviva. “Show and Tell? The Role of Explicit Teaching in the Learning of New Genres.” PDF

Williams, Joseph M. and Gregory G. Colomb. “The Case for Explicit Teaching: Why What You Don’t Know Won’t Help You.” PDF

Fahnestock, Jeanne. “Genre and Rhetorical Craft.” PDF

Freedman, Aviva. “Situating Genre: A Rejoinder.” PDF

Stotsky, Sandra. “Viewpoints: A Dialogue on Paradigms for Research and Program Evolution.” PDF

Larson, Richard L. “Competing Paradigms for Research and Evaluation in the Teaching of English.” PDF

Berkenkotter, Carol. “A ‘Rhetoric for Naturalistic Inquiry’ and the Question of Genre.” PDF

Hayes, John R. “Taking Criticism Seriously” PDF

Solsken, Judith W. “The Paradigm Misfit Blues.” PDF

Miller, Carolyn. “Genre as Social Action.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 70.2 (1984): 151-167. (17 pages)

Miller, Carolyn and Dawn Shepherd. “Blogging as Social Action: A Genre Analysis of the Weblog.” Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Community, and Culture of Weblogs. (18 pages)

Cluster: Process (116 pages)

Britton, James. “Writing to Learn and Learning to Write.” Prospect and Retrospect: Selected Essays of James Britton. Boynton Cook Publishers, 1982. (18 pages)

Elbow, Peter. “About Voice and Writing.” Landmark Essays on Voice and Writing. Ed. Peter Elbow. Mahwah, NJ: Hermagoras Press, 1994. xi-xlvii. (36 pages)

Flower, Linda, and John R. Hayes. “A Cognitive Process Theory of Writing.” CCC 32.4 (Dec. 1981): 365-387. (23 pages)

Hairston, Maxine. “The Winds of Change: Thomas Kuhn and the Revolution in the Teaching of Writing.” CCC 33.1 (Feb. 1982): 76-88. (13 pages)

Hairston, Maxine. “Diversity, Ideology, and Teaching Writing.”   Responses: College Composition Communication 44 (1993): 248-56. (9 pages)

Haas, Christine, and Linda Flower. “Rhetorical Reading Strategies and the Construction of Meaning.” CCC 39.2 (May 1988): 167-183. (17 pages)

Cluster: Post-Process (The Social Turn) (877 pages)

Bazerman, Charles, and David R. Russell. Writing Selves/Writing Societies: Research from Activity Perspectives. (514 pages) (see

Bruffee, Kenneth A. “Collaborative Learning and the ‘Conversation of Mankind’” College English 46.7 (Nov. 1984): 635-652. (18 pages)

Cooper, Marilyn. “The Ecology of Writing.” College English 48.4 (Apr. 1986): 364-375. (12 pages)

Cooper, Marilyn. “Rhetorical Agency as Emergent and Enacted.” CCC 62.3 (Feb 2011): 420-449. (30 pages)

Faigley, Lester. Fragments of Rationality: Post Modernity and the Subject of Composition. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992. (239 pages)

Harris, Joseph. “The Idea of Community in the Study of Writing.” CCC 40.1 (Feb. 1989): 11-22. (12 pages)

Johnson-Eilola, Johnson, and Stuart Selber. “Plagiarism, Originality, Assemblage” Computers and Composition 24.4 (2007): 375-403. (29 pages)

Trimbur, John. “Composition and the Circulation of Writing.” CCC 52.2 (2000): 188-219. (23 pages)

Cluster: Visual-Material Literacies (454 pages)

Dobrin, Sidney I. and Christian R. Weisser. “Breaking Ground in Ecocomposition: Exploring Relationships between Discourse and Environment” College English 64.5 (May 2005): 566-589. (24 pages)

Faigley, Lester “Material Literacy and Visual Design.” Rhetorical Bodies. Ed. Jack Selzer and Sharon Crowley. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1999. 171-201. (31 pages)

Fleckenstein, Kristie S. “Words Made Flesh: Fusing Imagery and Language in a Polymorphic Literacy.” College English 66.6 (2004): 612-630. (19 pages)

Kress, Gunther. Multimodality: A Social Semiotic Approach to Contemporary Communication. London: Routledge, 2010. (197 pages)

Shipka, Jody. Toward a Composition Made Whole. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 2011. (151 pages)

Yancey, Kathleen Blake. “Made Not Only in Words: Composition in a New Key.” CCC 56.2 (Dec. 2004): 297-328. (32 pages)

Cluster: Alterity (286 pages)

Alexander, Jonathan, and Jacquline Rhodes. “Flattening Effects: Composition’s Multicultural Imperative and the Problem of Narrative Coherence.” CCC 65.3 (2014): 430-54. (25 pages)

Flynn, Elizabeth A. “Composing as a Woman.” CCC 39.4 (1988): 423-435. (13 pages)

Gilyard, Keith. Voices of the Self: A Study of Language Competence. Wayne State UP, 1991. (175 pages)

Lyons, Scott Richard. “Rhetorical Sovereignty: What Do American Indians Want from Writing?” CCC 51.3 (2000): 447-468. (22 pages)

Ritchie, Joy and Kathleen Boardman. “Feminism in Composition: Inclusion, Metonymy, and Disruption.” CCC 50.4 (1999): 585-606. (22 pages)

Royster, Jacqueline Jones. “When the First Voice You Hear Is Not Your Own.” CCC 47.1 (1996): 29-40. (12 pages)

Villanueva, Victor. “On the Rhetoric and Precedents of Racism.” CCC 50.4 (1999): 645-661. (17 pages)

Cluster: Digitality (271 pages + New Work of Composing)

Borrowman, Shane (Ed). On the Blunt Edge: Technology in Composition’s History and Pedagogy. Parlor Press, 2011. (178 pages)

Journet, Debra, Cheryl Ball, and Ryan Trauman (Eds) The New Work of Composing. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital P/Utah State UP, 2012.

Porter, James E. “Why Technology Matters to Writing: A CyberWriter’s Tale.” Computers & Composition 20 (2004): 375-394. (20 pages)

Selfe, Cynthia L. “The Movement of Air, the Breath of Meaning: Aurality and Multimodal Composing.” CCC 60 (2009): 616-63. (48 pages)

Selfe and Selfe. “Politics of the Interface: Power and Its Exercise in Electronic Contact Zones” CCC 45.4 (Dec. 1994): 480-504. (25 pages)


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