To Know Her Own History chronicles the evolution of writing programs at a landmark Southern womenas college during the postwar period. Kelly Ritter finds that despite its conservative Southern culture and vocational roots, the Womanas College of the University of North Carolina was a unique setting where advanced writing programs and creativity flourished long before these trends emerged nationally. Ritter profiles the history of the Womanas College, first as a normal school, where women trained as teachers with an emphasis on composition and analytical writing, then as a liberal arts college. She compares the burgeoning writing program here to those of the Seven Sisters (Wellesley, Smith, Radcliffe, Barnard, Vassar, Bryn Mawr, and Mount Holyoke) and to elite all-male universities, to show the singular progressivism of the Womanas College. Ritter presents lively student writing samples from the early postwar period to reveal a blurring of the boundaries between acreativea and aexpositorya styles. By midcentury, a quantum shift toward creative writing changed administratorsa valuation of composition courses and staff at the Womanas College. An intensive process of curricular revisions, modeled after Harvardas aRedbooka plan, was proposed and rejected in 1951, as the college stood by its unique curricula and singular values. Ritter follows the plight of individual instructors of creative writing and composition, showing how their compensation and standing were made disproportionate by the shifting position of expository writing in relation to creative writing. Despite this unsettled period, the Womanas College continued to gain in stature, and by 1964 it became a prize acquisition of the University of North Carolina system. Ritteras study demonstrates the value of local histories to uncover undocumented advancements in writing education, offering insights into the political, cultural, and social conditions that influenced learning and methodologies at amarginalizeda schools such as the Womanas College.concerned with ideas; summary sentences and prAccis of assigned paragraphs; an essay several paragraphs in length; ... excerpts from The Importance ofBeing Earnest, the short stories aThe Killersa and aThe Lottery Ticket, a as well as otheranbsp;...
|Title||:||To Know Her Own History|
|Publisher||:||University of Pittsburgh Pre - 2012-02-01|