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Sondra Perl
Position: Professor, Lehman College. English.
Campus Affiliation: Lehman College
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 and by appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., New York University.
Research Interests: Composition theory and rhetoric, especially theories of composing and questions of voice; feminist theory, especially of writing and pedagogy; ethnography, especially urban ethnography and classrooms as sites of culture and literacy; urban education; cross-cultural dialogue; teaching as a site of inquiry; embodied knowing; creative nonfiction and memoir; Holocaust studies.
Theory Group Field Specialization: Composition Theory and Rhetoric

Selected Publications:

  • On Austrian Soil: Breaking the Cycle of Hate, A Teaching Memoir. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, forthcoming, 2005.

  • Felt Sense: Writing with the Body. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 2004.

  • "From Confusion to Compassion: The Transformative Power of Response Journals." In Teaching the Holocaust. Ed. Marianne Hirsch and Irene Kacandes. New York: MLA, 2004.

  • "Dear Peter: A Collage in Several Voices." In Writing with Elbow. Eds. Pat Belanoff, Marcia Dickson, Sheryl Fontaine and Charles Moran. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2002, 253-267.

  • "Early Work on Composing: Lessons and Illuminations." In Perspectives on Writing: Theory, Research, Practice. Eds. Beth Boehm, Debra Journet and Mary Rosner. Stamford, CT: Ablex, 83-98.

  • Composing a Pleasurable Life in Women/Writing/Teaching. Ed. Jan Schmidt. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1998, 239-253.

  • Through Teachers' Eyes: Portraits of Writing Teachers at Work. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1986/1998 (with Nancy Wilson).

  • "Facing the Other: The Emergence of Ethics and Selfhood in a Cross-Cultural Writing Classroom." In Narration as Knowledge: Tales of the Teaching Life. Ed. Joseph Trimmer. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 1997, 173-190.

  • "The Process of Creative Discovery: Theory, Research and Implications for Teaching," in The Territory of Language: Linguistics, Stylistics, and the Teaching of Composition. Ed. Donald McQuade. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois UP, 1986, 251-268 (with Arthur Egendorf).

  • "A Writer's Way of Knowing: Guidelines for Composing", in Presence of Mind: Writing and the Domain Beyond the Cognitive. Eds. Alice Brand and Richard Graves, Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/ Cook, 1994.

  • Landmark Essays on Writing Process. Edited volume. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum Press, 1994.