Emancipatory Movements in Composition

The Rhetoric of Possibility

By Andrea Greenbaum

Subjects: Cultural Studies
Paperback : 9780791454381, 149 pages, July 2002
Hardcover : 9780791454374, 149 pages, July 2002

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Table of contents



1. Dissoi Logoi: Neosophistic Rhetoric and the Possibility of Critical Pedagogy

2. Cultural Studies and Composition: Ethnographic Research as Cultural Critiquue

3. "Bitch" Pedagogy: Agonistic Discourse and the Politics of Resistance

4. "Wat'cha Think? I Can't Spell?": Postcolonial Studies and the Narratives of Literacy

5. Emancipatory Politics and Composition: The Pedagogy of Liberatory Writing Instruction


Syllabus for Expository Writing: ENC 3310—Explorations in Class, Race, and Gender


Works Cited


Examines liberatory learning practices in the contemporary composition classroom.


Emancipatory Movements in Composition provides an overview of the four major disciplines that have, for the last ten years, influenced and guided the direction of composition studies. Drawing on contemporary social and rhetorical theory, this is the first cultural studies text deeply informed by classical rhetoric, feminism, and postcolonial studies. Readable and engaging, it merges theory and pedagogy, providing a rubric for understanding critical pedagogy, neosophistic rhetoric, service-learning, and ethnographic research. This self-reflexive and critical book examines the ethical dimensions of partaking in liberatory learning practices in the contemporary composition classroom.

Andrea Greenbaum is Assistant Professor of English at Barry University. She is the author of Insurrections: Approaches to Resistance in Composition Studies, also published by SUNY Press.


"This is a comprehensive and valuable study of the movements in critical and feminist pedagogy of the last five to ten years, a time when the work on the possibilities for teaching has exploded. This book is both lucid and polemical, useful and readerly. " — Dale M. Bauer, author of Feminist Dialogics: A Theory of Failed Community and coeditor of Feminism, Bakhtin, and the Dialogic