Daily Archives: December 5, 2011


“Jane Stanley’s fascinating, engaging Rhetoric of Remediation reminds us that the history of remediation and its guiding rhetorics continue to operate today–as well as to shape the teaching of writing from high school through college. With impressive historical range, Stanley links archival documents with political and economic developments, vividly illustrating how the rhetoric of remediation negotiates the terrain between access and status at the University of California, Berkeley, and by implication elsewhere. Along the way, portraits of key composition figures offer an insightful genealogy of the present. This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the history of college composition and remediation, perplexed by institutions’ ambivalence toward underprepared students, or charged with articulating what our culture currently calls college readiness.”

–MLA press release, December 5, 2011, announcing that Jane Stanley has won the MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for The Rhetoric of Remdediation: Negotiating Entitlement and Access to Higher Education.