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The Disciplinary Instability of Composition

Maureen Daly Goggin

The post-World War II emergence of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) signaled the coming of age for those interested in rhetoric and composition as a serious academic enterprise. Hailing its formation, Charles Roberts (1950), the first editor of College Composition andCommunication, explained, "we are no longer selling a pig in a poke; ours is an established organization, with annual meetings and an official publication" (p. 22). In the half century preceding its emergence, composition had been virtually unseen and unheard within scholarly circles, having been relegated to and scattered across localized composition programs and specific classrooms. In the decades following Roberts' declaration, and especially within the last decade, however, the proliferation of professional organizations, monographs, journals, graduate programs, and tenure-track positions devoted to the study and teaching of literate practices provides evidence of the disciplinary vitality of this field (Anson & Miller, 1988;Brown, Meyer, & Enos, 1994;Huber, 1992).