I didn’t even think about this, but Jeff Ward does a great job of linking Trimbur’s article to the work of Geoffrey Sirc, writing:
Geof’s mission, or at least my take on it based in direct conversation as well as reading his book English Composition as a Happening, is that part of what makes it fascinating is its utter ignorance and lack of concern with composing practices outside the closed box of the university. […]
Sirc’s book is an attempt to refocus composition by going outside the discipline to look at composing practices in a wider context. To recalibrate the discipline by looking at the larger â€œcompositional economy.â€œ I am very much in favor of that. The history of writing studies is enlightening in that it shows just how little pedagogical practice has actually changedâ€”although each succeeding generation damns its forbearers, they continue to perpetuate them. It represents a solid center for a dicipline, but it is not evocative of a radical, or even transformative, pedagogy. Why are compositionists scared to take on the world?
This sounds right on. (I post this here more as a reminder to myself than for anything else.)