116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Composition and Rhetoric II

Session Chair: 
Ryan Leack, University of California, Riverside
Session 4: Saturday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Miller Hall 139


  1. Jamie M. Jones, Grays Harbor College
    Coming out is a practice that individuals who are members of marginalized and/or oppressed groups have taken up in order to make their stories heard, thus reifying the importance of the narratives and supporting the notion that coming out is a rhetorical genre. Drawing upon rhetorical genre studies, composition theory, queer theory, and social activism, I seek to theorize and develop pedagogical best practices for teaching the genre of coming out in first-year composition classrooms.
  2. Cassie Miura, University of Washington, Tacoma
      This paper examines how the concept of self-fashioning, which derives from Stephen Greenblatt's work on Elizabethan theater, can alter the teaching of personal narrative within the context of the first-year writing classroom. I argue that inviting students to engage with the idea of self-fashioning and larger questions of identity formation, promotes writing as a means of both self-expression and empowerment.
  3. Sarah Allen, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    To understand the subjectivity and agency of the horse and of our own in relation to theirs—more specifically, to understand horse-human rhetorics—I explore the transformative processes that are the making, management, and disruptions of human-horse discourses.
  4. Rima Abdallah, Middle Tennessee State University
    This paper will explore different methods, in particular the use of cultural texts that can be used to implement genre pedagogy in ELL classrooms. The disempowerment in ELL writing comes from not reading or understanding genre as a practical method for teaching composition to ELLs. Because not all ELLs have experienced the same rhetorical genres and devices common to American composition, they need to be introduced to the concept of genre and get to know that each genre has its own style, audience, and terminology to improve their writing.  
Session Cancelled: