Style and the Future of Composition Studies

edited by Paul Butler, Brian Ray, & Star Medzerian Vanguri

foreward by Frank Famer


“A timely next step in the evolution of style scholarship in the field of composition studies, and it’s perhaps the most important step yet taken. It will become impossible to discuss the current state of style scholarship credibly without attending closely to this volume.”
—Keith Rhodes, University of Denver

“These writers show that attention to style can enrich our thinking about teaching academic writing, bridging the divide between composition and creative writing, tapping the persuasive power of narrative and embodied rhetoric, valuing multiple varieties of English, and extending rhetorical knowledge to new contexts and new media. These are topics of pressing interest to writing scholars and teachers.”
—Nora Bacon, University of Nebraska–Omaha

 

Style and the Future of Composition Studies explores style’s potential for informing how students are taught to write well and its power as a tool for analyzing the language and discourse practices of writers and speakers in a range of contexts.
 
Many college writing teachers operate under the belief that style still refers primarily to the kinds of issues discussed in Strunk and White’s popular but outdated book The Elements of Style. This work not only challenges this view but also offers theories and pedagogies from diverse perspectives that help teachers and students develop strategic habits and mindsets to negotiate languages, genres, and discourse conventions. The chapters explore the ways in which style directly affects—and is affected by—multiple sources of shifting disciplinary inquiry, contributing new insights by drawing on research in cultural studies, sociolinguistics, discourse studies, translingualism, and writing across the curriculum, as well as new approaches to classical rhetorical theory.
 
The reemergence of stylistic inquiry can be used dynamically to produce new insights not only about emerging disciplinary interests but also about the study of style as a kind of language in and of itself. Style and the Future of Composition Studies demonstrates that style deserves to be a central focus of writing teaching. More than just the next style collection, the book advocates for style’s larger prominence in composition discussions generally. It will be of interest to a broad range of students and scholars of writing studies, as well as a wider set of readers in academe.
 
Contributors:
Cydney Alexis, Laura Aull, Anthony Box, Jimmy Butts, Mike Duncan, William FitzGerald, Melissa Goldthwaite, Eric House, TR Johnson, Almas Khan, Zak Lancaster, Eric Leake, Andrea Olinger, Thomas Pace, Jarron Slater, Jonathan Udelson

Paul Butler is associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston and is recognized as an expert on the study of style in rhetoric and composition. He is author of The Writer's Style, Out of Style and Style in Rhetoric and Composition. His recent scholarship focuses on the intersection of style, the public sphere, multimodal composition, and the digital humanities.

Brian Ray is associate professor of rhetoric and writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he also directs the composition program. He is the author of Style: An Introduction to History, Theory, Research, and Pedagogy. His articles have appeared in Written Communication, Rhetoric Review, Computers and Composition, and Composition Studies.

Star Medzerian Vanguri is associate professor of writing in the School of Communication, Media, and the Arts at Nova Southeastern University. She is editor of Rhetorics of Names and Naming and coeditor of The Centrality of Style.

Imprint: Utah State University Press

Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $33.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-64642-010-0
  • Ebook Price: $27.95
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  • EISBN: 978-1-64642-011-7
  • Publication Month: October
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Pages: 280
  • Illustrations: 10
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Paul Butler, Brian Ray, & Star Medzerian Vanguri
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-64642-010-0