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Composition and Rhetoric in Contentious Times

edited by Rachel McCabe and Jennifer Juszkiewicz

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Very relevant, well-conceived, well-written, and compelling.
—Ellen C. Carillo, University of Connecticut
“An engaging and multidisciplinary book that explores the various ways in which the field is still very much set up to exclude people of color, the working class, and other marginalized groups.”
—Charissa Che, Queensborough Community College, CUNY


Composition and Rhetoric in Contentious Times poses critical questions of representation, accessibility, social justice, affect, and labor to better understand the entwined future of composition and rhetoric. This collection of essays offers innovative approaches for socially attuned learning and best practices to support administrators and instructors. In doing so, these essays guide educators in empowering students to write effectively and prepare for their role as global citizens.

Editors Rachel McCabe and Jennifer Juszkiewicz consider how educators can respond to multiple current crises relating to composition and rhetoric with generosity and cautious optimism; in the process, they address the current concerns about the longevity of the humanities. By engaging with social constructivist, critical race, socioeconomic, and activist pedagogies, each chapter provides an answer to the question, How can our courses help students become stronger writers while contending with current social, environmental, and ethical questions posed by the world around them? The contributors consider this question from numerous perspectives, recognizing the important ways that power and privilege affect our varying means of addressing this question.

Relying on both theory and practice, Composition and Rhetoric in Contentious Times engages the future of composition and rhetoric as a discipline shaped by recent and current global events. This text appeals to early-career writing program administrators, writing center directors, and professional specialists, as well as Advanced Placement high school instructors, graduate students, and faculty teaching graduate-level pedagogy courses.

Contributors: Jacob Babb, Anna Barritt, Christopher Basgier, Nicholas Behm, Christina Cedillo, William Duffy, Jessica Edwards, Deborah H. Holdstein, Kim Jaxon, Matthew S. S. Johnson, Nicole Khoury, Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Zapoura Newton-Calvert, Matthew Overstreet, Kalyn Prince, Sherry Rankins-Robertson, Krista Ratcliffe, Hannah J. Rule, Laura Sparks


Rachel McCabe is an assistant professor and director of writing at La Salle University. Her scholarship has been published in Composition Studies, Studies in Documentary Film, Compass, and Pedagogy.

Jennifer Juszkiewicz is the director of the Writing Proficiency Program and the Writing and Tutoring Center and faculty in the English Department at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame. Her work has been published in EnculturationKairos, and Teaching Theology and Religion.

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  • Hardcover Price: $95.00
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-64642-464-1
  • Paperback Price: $33.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-64642-465-8
  • Ebook Price: $27.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $14.00
  • EISBN: 978-1-64642-466-5
  • Publication Month: November
  • Publication Year: 2023
  • Pages: 276
  • Illustrations: 12
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Rachel McCabe and Jennifer Juszkiewicz
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-64642-465-8
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