Beyond the Frontier: Innovations in First-Year Composition

Beyond the Frontier: Innovations in First-Year Composition is a compilation of the latest research in first-year composition presented at, and inspired by, the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association’s “Beyond the Frontier” panels. The book is divided similarly into panels, with the editors having collected a sampling of the composition practices that will stand the test of time. The purpose of the book is to present the reader with innovative methods and techniques for incorporation into the first-year composition classroom, or simply to provide food for thought – passing the torch, as it were – so that new research can be conducted and new findings disseminated. The division of the book mimics the panels one would typically find on a particular day during the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference, providing the reader with a taste of what it’s like to be in the room with first-year composition scholars.

This book is part of a series. View the full series, "Beyond the Frontier: Innovations in First-Year Composition", here.


Jill Dahlman is a graduate of the University of Hawaii system, having attended Hilo at undergraduate level and Manoa as a graduate. She is currently an Independent Scholar working at various institutions. Jill’s areas of research include composition pedagogy; writing across disciplines; service learning; rhetoric of the Cold War era (particularly comic books of the Golden and Silver Age, protest music, and Star Trek); eco-composition; children’s literature and war; Holocaust literature; and the rhetoric of the Founding Fathers.

Piper Selden is a writer, educator, and activist. She holds an MA in English/Composition and Rhetoric, and an MFA in Creative Writing. Piper teaches English for the University of Hawaii system with fields of interest that include creative writing, rhetoric, composition, and topics relating to the environment. Piper’s upcoming books include Invisible Daughter: A Memoir and The Momcologist is In: Life, Parenting, and Cancer – Straight Up, No Chaser.

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ISBN: 1-4438-7632-1

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-7632-2

Release Date: 31st July 2015

Pages: 250

Price: £47.99

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