Process and post-process: A discursive history

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While the term post-process can be useful as a heuristic for expanding the scope of the field of second language writing, the uncritical adoption of this and other keywords can have serious consequences because they often oversimplify the historical complexity of the intellectual developments they describe. In order to provide a critical understanding of the term post-process in its own historical context, this article examines the history of process and post-process in composition studies, focusing on the ways in which terms such as current-traditional rhetoric, process, and post-process have contributed to the discursive construction of reality. Based on this analysis, I argue that the use of the term post-process in the context of L2 writing needs to be guided by a critical awareness of the discursive construction process. I further argue that the notion of post-process needs to be understood not as the rejection of process but as the recognition of the multiplicity of L2 writing theories and pedagogies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-83
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Second Language Writing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Composition studies
  • Current-traditional rhetoric
  • Discursive construction
  • History
  • Post-process
  • Process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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