Time with David Bartholomae

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In this segment of Time with a Creative Mind, Richard E. Miller speaks with his former teacher, the renowned composition scholar, David Bartholomae. Their discussion touches on the “monograph fetish,” the future of the University Press, student writing as a genre, and the future prospects for academics who write, but who don’t have “350-page brains.”

Professor Bartholomae is the author of the most-widely cited and influential essay in the field of composition, “Inventing the University.” And, with Tony Petrosky, he is the co-editor of one of the most influential textbooks in the field, Ways of Reading. Professor Bartholomae has received numerous awards for teaching and academic leadership; he is the first person to hold the Charles Crow Chair in Composition at the University of Pittsburgh, his intellectual home.

Professor Bartholomae received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1975. We were lucky to have him here for this interview at Rutgers as a guest of the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series; This lecture, which looks back on the influence of Richard Poirier, can be found here.

Selected Publications

  • Writing on the Margins: Essays on Composition and Teaching, Hardcover: Palgrave/Macmillan; Softcover: Bedford/St. Martins, 2005
  • The Teaching of Writing: The Eighty fifth Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, ed. with Anthony R. Petrosky, NSSE and The University of Chicago Press, 1986
  • Facts, Artifacts and Counterfacts: Reading and Writing in Theory and Practice, with Anthony R. Petrosky, Montclair, NJ: Boynton/Cook, 1986
  • Ways of Reading: Words and Images, with Anthony R. Petrosky, Boston: Bedford Books, 2003
  • Reading the Lives of Others: History and Ethnography, with Anthony R. Petrosky, Boston: Bedford Books, 1994
  • Ways of Reading:An Anthology for Writers, with Anthony R. Petrosky, Boston: Bedford Books, 1987; Seven Editions