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Computers and Composition 1983–2002: What we have hoped for

Computers and Composition Volume 20, Number 4 ISSN 8755-4615 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


I review the first 20 years of Computers and Composition, looking particularly at the expressed hopes for the potential of change in the emergence of new writing-classroom technologies. Hopes in the early issues of the journal focused on technology’s presumed potential for improved writing, teaching, and learning in the composition classroom; a later and recurrent hope was that by embracing technology, composition teachers would improve their status in the academy. Authors in recent issues looked less at the technology and much more through the technology, toward a more egalitarian and just society. I attempt, in this review, to locate these hopes in the context of professional and national cultures.


Moran, C. Computers and Composition 1983–2002: What we have hoped for. Computers and Composition, 20(4), 343-358. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved May 12, 2021 from .

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