This article is not so much about literature faculty teaching first year composition as it is about the depiction of writing instructors as "overworked and underpaid" teaching assistants.

  • Harris has two quarrels with this depiction. The first is that he "sees little evidence that the disciplinary apparatus we have constructed for composition over the past twenty years - with our presses and journals and conferences and graduate programs - has had much impact on who actually teaches first year and basic writers across the country and how they do it" (357-358).
  • While Isaacs wants all English faculty to come together, Harris, in my opinion, feels that the underlying point is who actually teaches first year composition, and not who should.
  • His second worry, "has to do with what happens to our own work as teachers and writers when we imagine ourselves as the members of a discipline...becoming a discipline has been cast as an obvious good for composition - as a way of claiming needed respect, authority and security" (358).
  • Harris, it seems, wants composition to become its own separate discipline from English all together. I'm not sure if I agree with this notion because I feel composition is an essential part to any English program. Although I love literature, I feel it cannot exist on its own because writing is part of any literature course.