Student desire and the history of composition
The following study operationalizes the term student desire using a definition from Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. Student desire is used to critique a recent theoretical text (i.e. Wells) and is the used to explicate the literature chronicling the history of Composition's emergence as an autonomous discipline within English. The historical texts (i.e., North, Conners, Miller, Harris, and Berlin) all have ignored, downplayed, or elided student desire because of the four stage economic system that prevails in the discipline, which particularizes student desire, decontextualizes desire's utterances, judges their merit according to a disciplinary standard, and creates added-value from them on a theoretical level. A survey of student desire for writing and writing instruction, undertaken at the University of Rhode Island provides descriptive statistics, which examine the relationship between Composition's disciplinary understand of its natures and desires and student's understanding of their academic labor. Finally, the importance of student desire is demonstrated as an agent of expedience in a theoretical history of an experimental film-based Composition course taught at URI. Appendices contain both the vocabularies given by students for their desires and the survey questionnaire. ^
Language, Rhetoric and Composition
Jeffrey Laurence Hoogeveen,
"Student desire and the history of composition"
Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access).