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The events of May 1970 changed higher education in many ways. This book argues those events also played a significant, yet largely forgotten role in the rise of composition studies as an academic discipline. The central tension of our field - the relationship between student agency and teacher authority in writing pedagogy - comes to the forefront in May 1970 and its aftermath. This tension remains and so this book hopes to apply the lessons of May 1970 to today.


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  • DPLA rights
    • Published Under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Sharealike Creative Commons License

  • Institution
    • Gainesville

  • Publisher
  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Author Biography:

      Matthew Boedy is an associate professor of rhetoric and composition at the University of North Georgia. He lives in Gainesville, Ga. This book began ten years ago as a seminar paper in a course taught by Byron Hawk at the University of South Carolina.

      Book or Journal Information:

      Intermezzo is a series dedicated to publishing essays that are too long for journal publication but too short to be a monograph. Published by enculturation, the series asks writers to consider a variety of topics from within and without academia and also to be creative in doing so. Authors are encouraged to experiment with form, style, content, and approach in order to break down the barrier between the scholarly and the creative.