Tag Archives: rhet/comp

Speaker, Audience, Subject

So much of the reading for this week is concerned with the problems of rhetorical situation and how to convey this idea in the First Year Composition classroom. In his essay “Kairos: A Neglected Concept in Classical Rhetoric,” Kinneavy articulates … Continue reading

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Interdisciplinary Education – Response to Brianne’s Post

Taking a holistic approach to the study of a contact zone, as Brianne contemplates after reading of Bizzell’s essay about ‘Contact Zones’, seems like such a sensible approach. If we consider, for example, nineteenth century American literature, it would, of … Continue reading

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Composition Theory – 1979-1990: Berlin to Fulkerson

Writing from 1979, James Berlin identified the following ideological divergence in contemporary composition theory, “Rhetorical theories differ from each other in the way writer, reality, audience, and language are conceived–both as separate units and in the way the units relate … Continue reading

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Literatures of ‘Contact Zones’

The readings for this week seemed to be primarily concerned with classifications of pedagogies. What kinds of teachers are we? What kinds of teachers should we be? Berlin[1], in particular, set out somewhat rigid categories of pedagogical style; but the … Continue reading

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Vernacularization as Feminization

Laura Bartlett discusses in her essay, “Feminization and Composition’s Managerial Subject” the vernacularization of Rhetoric and Composition as feminization (262). Referring to Susan Miller, Bartlett points to the shift in the nineteenth century from the historical, masculine study of classical … Continue reading

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The Deathbed of Literary Theory – Response to Chad’s Post

Okay, I was particularly amused by the description of Literary Theory as a teenager. As a funded lit student, I too am deeply concerned with the state of the English Department! So long as Rhet/Comp continues to be intrinsically tied … Continue reading

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The Artificial Binary: Response to Ashley Edlin’s Post

In her blog post, Ashley discussed the trouble with binaries; essentially, binaries are artificial constructs by which we categorize information for the sake of contrast. Binaries by their very definition divide the world into two hemispheres that theoretically do not … Continue reading

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