Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in English
composition, personal essay, voice, authority, academic dialogue
English Language and Literature
Since its origin as a separate discipline in the early 1960s, Composition has been on shaky ground within the academic community. Its methods and results are constantly called into question, especially the use of personal writing as a legitimate form of academic writing. The purpose of this thesis is to show that the composition classroom plays an integral role in the academic maturation of the college student and argues that the personal essay is a vital and effective mode of writing with which to help students discover and hone their own voices of authority, thereby fostering in them a mastery of skills in academic exploration, inquiry and dialogic communication, both oral and written. The author uses as evidence the realization and growth of her own voice as a writer and teacher of writing through the genre of personal essay writing.
© Lane Phoenix West
West, Lane Phoenix, "Personal Writing in the Composition Classroom: Passport to Success in an Academic Landscape" (2008). MSU Graduate Theses. 1101.