Grave's book and Smith's article are extremely useful, and they would be
great places to start. I've also found the following articles helpful:
Brooks, Kevin."National Culture and the First-Year English Curriculum: A
Historical Study of "Composition" in Canadian Universities." American
Review of Canadian Studies 32.4 (2002): 673-692.
Hubert, Henry. “A History of College Rhetoric in the U.S and Canada:
Different Traditions.” Ed. Sandy P. Baardman, Stanley B. Straw, Laura E.
Atkinson. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Literacy Publications, 1994.
Johnson, Nan."Rhetoric and Belles Lettres in the Canadian Academy: an
Historical Analysis." College English 50.8 (1988): 861-873.
Kearns, Judith and Brian Turner."Negotiated Independence: How a Canadian
Writing Program Became a Centre." Writing Program Administration 21.1
Hope that helps!
The most current thinking about this issue I know of is in Roger
> and Heather Graves' forthcoming book.
>> Tania S. Smith does a good job at explaining some of
>> the intricacies at work in "Recent Trends in Writing
>> Instruction and Composition Studies in Canadian Universities"
>> http://www.stthomasu.ca/inkshed/cdncomp.htm (her works cited
>> offers some rich sources as well)--still, that work is dated
>> 1999. I'm not sure that anything more recent has been/is
>> being done, but I would love to hear about it on the list, if
>> you writers are out there.
> Some of its contents are already available one way or another --
> Tania Smith's work, for instance. And my "afterword" about the
> Canadian penchant for putting writing under the curriculum is
> available in draft form on my Web site:
> -- Russ
> St. Thomas University
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