The Managerial Unconscious in the History of Composition Studies

The Managerial Unconscious in the History of Composition Studies
Donna Strickland
Stephen F. Austin State University Press
2012

In this pointed appraisal of composition studies, Donna Strickland contends the rise of writing program administration is crucial to understanding the history of the field. Noting existing histories of composition studies that offer little to no exploration of administration, Strickland argues the field suffers from a “managerial unconscious” that ignores or denies the dependence of the teaching of writing on administrative structures.