Anne Marie Rosenthal

Transforming the cultural politics of writing across the curriculum cross-disciplinarity, advanced literacy, and democracy

Anne Marie Rosenthal

  • School: Purdue University (0183)
  • Degree: Ph.D.
  • Date: 1992 pp: 181
  • Advisor: Lauer, Janice M.
  • Source: DAI-A 53/05, p. 1505, Nov 1992
  • Subjects: Language, Modern (0291); Education, Higher (0745); Education, Curriculum And Instruction (0727)
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  • UMI Number: AAT 9229185

Abstract:

    This dissertation argues that major approaches to writing across the curriculum (WAC) are framed by the general/special binary–that is, that language use is general or transferable across disciplines versus entirely situated in separate disciplinary-specific discourse communities. Proponents of the discipline-specific approach to WAC have dismissed the possibility of a general or cross-disciplinary approach because they say it requires a universal, cognitive, or totalizing generic discourse practice to account for transferability across disciplines, which is untenable in a postmodern world and university of linguistic and social heterogeneity. This dissertation critically re-sees and refigures the general/special binary in WAC by investigating its cultural politics, including representations of social; constitutions of the subject(s) of advanced literacy; perspectives on democracy; and meanings of the cross-disciplinary. WAC’s unique position in the curriculum is represented as a cross-disciplinary forum and strategy for advancing a critical-transformative literacy.