This essay tells a story of how “generation” came to matter in rhetoric and composition/writing studies; analyzes and advocates for “generation” as a lens through which to examine disciplinary studies and activities; and considers how we can productively engage in generational relations between individuals and groups. It adopts a framework of “hospitality” (adapted from Richard and Janis Haswell) to develop a concept of “cross-generational relations” as an aspirational category. An ethic of hospitality is proposed to facilitate respectful, productive relations among generational groups, which recognize and enact interdependence but allow for a wide range of stances and strategies of interaction in action and scholarly discourse.
Original Publication Citation
Phelps, L. W. (2022). Generation(al) matters: Story, lens, and tone. Composition Studies, 50(1), 106-126. https://compositionstudiesjournal.files.wordpress.com/2022/07/phelps.pdf
Phelps, Louise Weatherbee, "Generation(al) Matters: Story, Lens, and Tone" (2022). English Faculty Publications. 201.