Below is the University of Waterloo's reading list for the Phd Composing
Theory and Pedagogy exam. Short titles only.
Berlin, J. Rhetoric and Reality: Writing INstruction in American Colleges
... Writing Instruction in Nineteenth-Century American Colleges
Graves, R. Writing Instruction in Canadian Universities
Hubert, H. Harmonious Perfection: The Development of English Studies in
Nineteenth-Century Anglo-Canadian Colleges
Murphy, J. A Short History of Writing Instruction
Bakhtin, M. "The Problem of Speech Genres."
...."Discourse in the Novel"
Belenky, M.F. et al. Women's Ways of Knowing
Bourdieu, P. "The production and reproduction of legitimate language"
and "Censorship and the Imposition of form" in Language and Sybolic POwer
Derrida, J. "Part I: Writing before the Letter" in Of Grammatology
Fish, Stanley. "Is there a text in this class"
Foucault, M. "What is an author"
.... The Archaeology of Knowledge
Freire, P. Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
Gilligan, C. In A Different Voice
Olson, Gary and Irene Gale, eds. (Inter)views: Cross-Disciplinary
Perspectives on Rhetoric and Literacy.
Ong, W.J. Orality and Literacy
Vygotsky, L. Thought and Language
III. Composition Studies
Anson, C. ed. Writing and Response
Bazerman, C. Shaping Written Knowledge
Bazerman, C. and D.R. Russell, ed. Landmark Essays: on Writing Across
Britton, J. et al. The Development of Writing Abilities
Clifford, J and J. Schlib,eds. Writing Theory and Critical Theory.
Cooper, C. R. and Lee Odell, eds. Evaluating Writing
Covino, W. The Art of wondering
Ede, L and A. Lunsford. Singular Texts/Plural Authors.
Elbow, P. Writing without Teachers.
Emig, J. Composing Processes of twelfth Graders
Faigley, L. Fragments of Rationality: Postmodernity and the Subject of
Gabreil, S. and I. Smithson, eds. Gender in the Classroom: Power and
Freedman, A. and P. Medway, eds. Learning and Teaching Genre.
Gere, A. Sites of Composition Studies
Harkin, P. and J. Schlib, eds. Contending with words.
Knoblauch, C.H. and L. Brannon. Rhetorical Traditions and the
Teaching of Writing.
Lanham, R. Style: An Anti-Textbook
Lanham, R. The Electric Word
Lefevre, K. Invention as a Social Act.
Lindemann, E. A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers (1995)
Mullin, J and R. Wallace, eds. Intersections: Theory and Practice in
the Writing Centre.
Shaughnessy, M. Errors and Expectations
Tate, G. , E.P.J. Corbett, and N. Myers. Writing Teacher's
Ulmer, G. Applied Grammatology.
Students are also advised to read widely in the following journals
College Composition and Communication
Journal of Advanced Composition
The following articles are considered cannonical and are required
Berlin, J. "Contemporary Composition: the Major Pedagogical Theories."
CE 44 (Dec.1982) 765-777.
Bizzell, P. "Cognition, Convention, and Certainty: What We Need to
Know about Writing." Pre/Text, 3 (1982) 213-43.
Bruffee, K. "Social construction, Language, and the Authority of
Knowledge: A Bibliographic Essay." CE 48 (Dec. 1986) 773-790.
Ede, L. and A. Lunsford. "Audience Addressed/Audience Invoked: The
Role of Audience in Composition Theory and Pedagogy." CCC 35,2 (May,
Elbow, P. "Closing My Eyes as I Speak: An Argument for Ignoring
audience." CE 41, 1 (January 1987) 50-69.
Flower, Linda. "Writer-Based Prose: A Cognitive Basis for Problems
in Writing." CE 41, 1 (September, 1979) 19-38.
Flower, Linda and J.R. Hayes. "A Cognitive Process Theory of
Writing." CCC 32, (1981) 365-87.
Flynn, E. "Composing as a Woman." CCC 39 (1988) 423-35.
Hairston, M. "The Winds of Change:Thomas Kuhn and the Revolution in
the Teaching of Writing." CCC 33, 1 (February, 1982) 76-8.
Lunsford, A. "Composing Ourselves: Politics, Commitment, and the
Teaching of Writing." CCC 41, 1 (February 1990) 71-83
Perl, S. "Understanding Composing." CCC 31 (December 1980) 363-369.
Reither, J. "Writing and Knowing: Toward Redefining the Writing
Process." CE 47, 6 (october, 1985) 629-628.
Sommers, N. "Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Experienced
Adult WRiters." CCC 31 (Dec. 1980) 378-388.
Tompkins, J. "Pedagogy of the Distressed." CE 52 (1990) 653-60.
Young, Richard. "Arts, Crafts, Gifts, and Knacks:Some Disharmonies
in the New Rhetoric." in Reinventing the Rhetorical Tradition. A.
Freedman and I. Pringle, eds. 53-60.
The Phd students receive a cleaned up version of this
bibiliography. They are also required to construct a short
bibliography of their own that focuses on one of the issues in
I hope this helps--