An Open Language
First Edition   ©2006

An Open Language

Selected Writing on Literacy, Learning, and Opportunity

Mike Rose (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-44474-5; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-44474-7; Format: Paper Text, 512 pages

An Open Language chronicles the development of one of the most widely-read and influential writers in the fields of composition and education. Rose contextualizes each of the 28 selections in the book with commentary that illuminates the historical, cultural, and personal issues at stake in his research and writing. An invaluable resource for graduate students and new scholars, this collection offers unique insight into the process of building a meaningful career — one that makes a difference both in the academy and beyond.

"If you want to think about writing, teaching, research methods, social justice, and the purposes of education within a democracy, take Rose's book, put up your feet, and settle down for a good read. The concern that Rose returns to again and again, the concern that both underlies his research and infuses his writing, is the power of democracy: what it means to provide access and opportunity to those who have been denied it, what it would look like in practice to affirm the learning potential of all human beings, how educators can open universes rather than close down worlds."
— Sondra Perl, Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York