You’ve made it through all of McComiskey, and now we’re setting our sights on Robert Scholes’s The Rise and Fall of English.

I’d like you to read all of this short text; however, I’d like each of you to focus your next blog post on one of his chapters. You may make references to the others, but the focus should be on the one assigned to you.

As you write, keep the blog guidelines in mind. Moreover, see if you can connect your writing to one or more of the ideas below. You are certainly encouraged to take your writing beyond these prompts, too, but aim to address one of the following as well.

  • Scholes book predates McComiskey’s collection. Do you see any significant connections between or differences among Scholes and the authors in McComiskey’s collection in terms of: interpretations of English’s history; concerns or anxieties about the discipline(s); possible ways forward?
  • Choose one of Schole’s proposals, arguments or claims. What is your assessment of it? Why? What explanation, evidence, or examples of your own can you offer in reply?
  • Much of our conversations about the field are wrapped up in identity. What do you interpret as Scholes’s vision of our professional and scholarly identity? (Point to the text to ground your interpretation.) Do you see yourself in his version of English Studies’ identity? Is this identity too narrow, too broad, just right? Explain.

The final session of the KUCC begins at 3:45! Topics include discussions of the film “Man On Wire,” studies of humor an film, memoirs and explorations of alternative writing styles. Check out the array of impressive student writers showcased today.

A packed house turned out for the featured session, Writing Under the Ax! Students and faculty alike came out to hear  Dr. Kelly Kelleway (Bucks County Community College), Jim Lynch (Sec Ed English teacher), Mysti Rudd (KU), Carrissa Pokorny-Golden (KU) and Kevin Mahoney (KU) discuss the challenges of teaching writing in the climate of budget cuts and high stakes assessment. We were pleased that KU students participated, too, offering thoughtful questions and  comments. KU President Cevallos attended as well, and offered his own remarks. Thanks to all of you for caring about quality instruction and meaningful writing!

Join us from 1pm to 2pm in MSU 250 for the KUCC featured session “Writing Under the Ax.” Teachers from university, community college and high school communities will discuss the challenges of teaching writing in a climate of big budget cuts and high stakes assessments.We encourage the audience to participate!

Panel A: Thing that Go Bump in the Night: Audio Essays

Panel B: Listening to Silenced Voices

Panel C: Food, Inc,: GMOs, Local Farming and Animar Cruelty

Panel D: Voices on Writing & Learning

Panel E: Identity Stories.


Join us!


It’s rainy and it’s early, but we still have a small and enthusiastic audience at the first session of the KUCC. Special thanks to the students and faculty who have come out early to support these writers!

Our next session begins at 10:30 am. Projects include audio essays, multimedia projects, social critiques ad personal narratives. Stop by MSU 312, pick up a program, and see one of these great panels at 10:30!

Today marks the 7th annual KU Composition Conference, a celebration of student writers! Come out to see students from a range of classes in compositon and rhetoric share their original work. We’ll be live-blogging from the conference all day, so check back for highlights.

The  Featured Session at this year’s KU Composition Conference is entitled “Writing Under the Ax.” Join local secondary and higher education teachers as they discuss the challenges of teaching and learning writing in the age of big budget cuts, increasing class sizes and No Child Left Behind. Join us in from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in MSU 250. Free & open to the public!

Please join us on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 for the 7th Annual KU Composition Conference, sponsored by the English Department.

The KUCC features the original work of KU students produced in all levels of our Composition & Rhetoric courses, including:

  • Intro to College Composition, College Composition & Honors Composition
  • Advanced Composition
  • Women, Writing & Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric of Literature
  • Rhetorical Traditions / Contemporary Renditions
  • Teaching Writing
  • Rhetoric, Democracy, Advocacy
  • Digital Rhetoric & Composition

Panels sessions will be held on in MSU beginning at 9:00am and ending at 5:15pm.  Visit our Welcome and Registration area in MSU 312!

Check back for updates, a description of our featured session and the conference program.

We were fortunate to have Dr. Sue Wells of Temple University as our Keynote speaker today.  Her talk, “Composing Our Bodies,” was both enlightening and entertaining.

As Dr. Wells took us through the history of the foundational feminist text, Our Bodies, Ourselves, the audience learned the power of the average person to enact real and lasting change–in this case, in the medial industry–with education, motivation, and writing.

Dr. Wells urged us to look for opportunities–to create opportunities–to bring together this discourse of the common person and the expert, to write our own Our Bodies, in whatever media we have.

Please check out Dr. Wells’s new book, Our Bodies, Ourselves and the Work of Writing, at Amazon!

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