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Barton, Ellen. "Further Contributions from the Ethical Turn in Composition/Rhetoric: Analyzing Ethics in Interaction." CCC 59.4 (2008): 596-632.


In this essay, I propose that the field of composition/rhetoric can make important contributions to the understanding of ethics based on our critical perspective on language as interactional and rhetorical. The actual language of decision making with ethical dimensions has rarely been studied directly in the literature, a crucial gap our field can usefully fill. To illustrate this approach, I analyze the language of research recruitment in two biomedical and behavioral studies, arguing that different ethical frameworks-- a principle-based ethics of rights and a context-based ethic of care--license different kinds of interaction and rhetorical persuasion. The findings identify and complicate certain concepts and assumptions within these ethical frameworks, with implications for the context of regulated research in the university.

Spring, Suzanne B. "Seemingly Uncouth Forms": Letters at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. CCC 59.4 (2008): 633-675.


Dispelling historical narratives in composition and rhetoric that largely depict nineteenth- century student compositions as "vacuous" themes, this archival study examines women's compositions at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary as complex generic hybrids, in which the composition is fused with common social and dialogic forms. By focusing particularly on two related hybrid forms--the letter composition and the sermon composition--this article demonstrates the discursive nature of women's intellectual work as it circulated within and beyond seminary walls, in both written and oral forms, serving as localized evidence of a gendered antebellum epistolary culture.

Zwagerman, Sean. The Scarlet P: Plagiarism, Panopticism, and the Rhetoric of Academic. CCC 59.4 (2008): 676-710.


This article is a rhetorical analysis of the anxious and outraged discourse employed in response to the "rising tide" of cheating and plagiarism. This discourse invites actions that are antithetical to the goals of education and the roles of educators, as exemplified by the proliferation of plagiarism-detection technologies.

McKee, Heidi and James E. Porter. The Ethics of Digital Writing Research: A Rhetorical Approach. CCC 59.4 (2008): 711-749.


The study of writers and writing in digital environments raises distinct and complex ethical issues for researchers. Rhetoric theory and casuistic ethics, working in tandem, provide a theoretical framework for addressing such issues. A casuistic heuristic grounded in rhetorical principles can help digital writing researchers critically interrogate their research designs, carefully examine their relationships with research participants, and make sound ethical judgments.

Kopelson, Karen. Sp(l)itting Images; or, Back to the Future of (Rhetoric and?) Composition. CCC 59.4 (2008): 750-780.


This article places responses received from an open-ended survey of graduate students and faculty in dialogue with published commentary on the scope of composition studies as a discipline to explore three interrelated disciplinary dilemmas: the "pedagogical imperative," the "theory-practice split," and the increasingly complicated relationship between "rhetoric" and "composition" as our field's titular terms.

Lunsford, Andrea A. and Karen J. Lunsford. "Mistakes Are a Fact of Life": A National Comparative Study. CCC 59.4 (2008): 781-806.


This essay reports on a study of first-year student writing. Based on a stratified national sample, the study attempts to replicate research conducted twenty-two years ago and to chart the changes that have taken place in student writing since then. The findings suggest that papers are longer, employ different genres, and contain new error patterns.

Lettner-Rust, Heather. "Response to 'Service Learning and Social Change: The Case for Materialist Rhetoric' by David Coogan." CCC 59.4 (2008): 807-813.

Works Cited
Coogan, David. "Service Learning and Social Change: The Case for Materialist Rhetoric." CCC 57.4 (2006): 667-93.
Cushman, Ellen. "The Rhetorician as an Agent of Social Change." CCC 47.1 (1996): 7-28.
Heilker, Paul. "Rhetoric Made Real: Civic Discourse and Writing beyond the Curriculum." Writing the Community: Concepts and Models for Service- Learning in Composition. Ed. Linda Adler-Kassner, Richard Crooks, and Anne Watters. Washington, DC: American Association for Higher Education, 1997. Published in cooperation with the National Council of Teachers of English.
Herzberg, Bruce. "Civic Literacy and Service Learning." Coming of Age: The Advanced Writing Curriculum. Ed. Linda K. Shamoon, Rebecca Howard Moore, Sandra Jamieson, and Robert A. Schwegler. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/ Cook, 2000.
Shister, Gail. "CBS Evening Blues: Katie Couric Hasn't Redeemed the No. 3 Newscast. Can She Survive as Anchor?" Philadelphia Inquirer 22 Apr. 2007. 26 Apr. 2007 <>.

Coogan, David. "Response to Heather Lettner-Rust." CCC 59.4 (2008): 813-814.

Tinberg, Howard. "Review Essay: Delivering the Goods: How Writing Instruction Really Works." Rev. of Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts by Joseph Harris; and Delivering College Composition: The Fifth Canon, Kathleen Blake Yancey, ed. CCC 59.4 (2008): 815-820.

Hammer, Brad. Rev. of Democratic Dialogue in Education: Troubling Speech, Disturbing Silence, Megan Boler, ed. CCC 59.4 (2008): 821-825.

Rinck, Christie. Rev. of Computers and Writing: The Cyborg Era, by James A. Inman. CCC 59.4 (2008): 825-827.