Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie
Keynote Address for the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, May 2012
(First paragraph) This talk originated in my work as a consultant at the University of Winnipeg, where I spent six weeks on a Fulbright Specialist grant in Spring 2011. I was invited to advise the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications on its plans for “program architecture renewal,” which included critically assessing its programs, articulating levels of the curriculum, and charting future directions for the department. The grant had larger goals as well, charging me to study the development of writing and rhetorical studies in Canada as an emerging field seeking both definition and visibility. The Winnipeg faculty hoped that the project could highlight the importance of these studies, in relation to a vibrant discipline of rhetoric and composition in the U.S. and the global growth of interdisciplinary writing studies, and contribute to their prospects for cohesion and recognition in Canada.1 In this presentation, I hope to advance some of these broader goals, informed by my dual perspective as a longtime scholar in and of American rhetoric and composition and as a new student of Canadian work in discourse and writing.2
Original Publication Citation
Phelps, L. W. (2014). The historical formation of academic identities: Rhetoric and composition, discourse and writing. Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie, 25(1), 3-25. doi:10.31468/cjsdwr.37
Phelps, Louise Wetherbee, "The Historical Formation of Academic Identities: Rhetoric and Composition, Discourse and Writing" (2014). English Faculty Publications. 83.