The Dissertation & the Discipline by Nancy Welch, Kate Latterell,
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The Dissertation & the Discipline

Reinventing Composition Studies

By Nancy Welch, Kate Latterell, Cindy Moore, Shelia Carter-Tod

    “To examine how reading and writing are carried out in school, we need to pay attention to the schooling of the dissertation.”
    —from the Introduction

Writing a dissertation can be joyful and reaffirming, but it can also feel like wandering into a labyrinth where dimly lit pathways twist and turn toward disaster. What is a dissertation supposed to look like? What is a dissertation supposed to do? Who is supposed to—or allowed to—decide?

The Dissertation & the Discipline brings together both dissertation writers and advisors to grapple with these questions and formulate answers. Each chapter...

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    “To examine how reading and writing are carried out in school, we need to pay attention to the schooling of the dissertation.”
    —from the Introduction

Writing a dissertation can be joyful and reaffirming, but it can also feel like wandering into a labyrinth where dimly lit pathways twist and turn toward disaster. What is a dissertation supposed to look like? What is a dissertation supposed to do? Who is supposed to—or allowed to—decide?

The Dissertation & the Discipline brings together both dissertation writers and advisors to grapple with these questions and formulate answers. Each chapter highlights the intersection of power and politics in this high-stakes rhetorical scene while exploring and describing a range of productive strategies. Critiquing standard narratives and traditional assumptions, The Dissertation & the Discipline offers a radical critique of dissertation writing and advising—and challenges us to consider how these practices can be deployed to expand our understanding of the very nature of Composition Studies.

Contents

Introduction
Part 1. (Re)Writing the Dissertation Initiation Ritual
1. Writing Selves, Establishing Academic Identity, Marilyn Vogler Urion
2. Behind the Accordion–Shaped Door, or Living the Questions of a Personal Academic Dissertation, Alys Culhane
3. Participation: On an Ethics of Begininnings, Fred Arroyo
4. Other Than Oedipus: Sideshadowing Tales of Dissertation Authority, Nancy Welch
Part 2. Locating and Pluralizing Advising
5. Dissertation Writing and Advising in a Postmodern Age, Catherine, G. Latterell and Cynthia L. Selfe
6. Mothers, Spinsters, Othermothers: Metaphors for Women Mentors and Their Students, Joy Ritchie, Kate Ronald and Hephzibah Roskelly
7. "She Herself Is the Writing," But the Form Doesn’t Fit: The Dissertation as a Site of Becoming, Cindy Moore and Peggy Woods
Part 3. Writing Between Tradition and Change
8. Writing Wrong: The Dissertation as Dissent, Devan Cook and Darrell Fike
9. The Multiple Voices in the Dissertation and Beyond, Janis E. Haswell
10. The Personal Narrative in Dissertation Writing: A Matter of Academic Honesty, Tonya M. Stremlau
11. Dissertating in a Digital Age: The Future of Composition Scholarship, Janice R. Walker and Joseph M. Moxley
Part 4. So What Is a Dissertation for—And What Comes Next?
12. Why Write a Dissertation, Marsha Lee Holmes
13. "You Both Looked the Same to Me": Collaboration as Subversion, Amy Goodburn and Carrie Shively Leverenz
14. In Search of My "Jingle": Reconciling Voice and Identity After the Dissertation Defense, Sheila L. Carter–Tod
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