Zebroski's book is a needed bridge uniting Vygotskian theory
and composition studies.We live in a time of theory. But what kind of intellectual work does theory accomplish? What sort of relations might exist between theory and writing practices? What might the teacher and student of writing have to say to the theorist? And, finally, what are the limits of theory? These are some of the questions that Thinking Through Theory explores.
Rhetoric Society Quarterly
Thinking Through Theory tracks one teacher's encounter with theory for over a decade. It investigates theory arising out of a Russian and eastern European tradition of language study. Relying mostly on the work of Lev Vygotsky, but making use of related theory found in Volosinov, Bakhtin, and Lotman, the author composes his own classroom-based theory of writing in sixteen accessible essays that explore the contexts, texts, subjectivities, and collectivities that writing constructs. He examines the history of a concept as that concept is tested, revised, and refined, and then shows how this process reflects the history of debates in the field and practices in the classroom.
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