A Counter-History of Composition: Toward Methodologies of Complexity / Edition 1

A Counter-History of Composition: Toward Methodologies of Complexity / Edition 1

by Byron Hawk
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822959739

ISBN-13: 9780822959731

Pub. Date: 11/28/2007

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

A Counter-History of Composition contests the foundational disciplinary assumption that vitalism and contemporary rhetoric represent opposing, disconnected poles in the writing tradition. Vitalism has been historically linked to expressivism and concurrently dismissed as innate, intuitive, and unteachable, whereas rhetoric is seen as a rational, teachable

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A Counter-History of Composition contests the foundational disciplinary assumption that vitalism and contemporary rhetoric represent opposing, disconnected poles in the writing tradition. Vitalism has been historically linked to expressivism and concurrently dismissed as innate, intuitive, and unteachable, whereas rhetoric is seen as a rational, teachable method for producing argumentative texts. Counter to this, Byron Hawk identifies vitalism as the ground for producing rhetorical texts-the product of complex material relations rather than the product of chance. Through insightful historical analysis ranging from classical Greek rhetoric to contemporary complexity theory, Hawk defines three forms of vitalism (oppositional, investigative, and complex) and argues for their application in the environments where students write and think today.

Hawk proposes that complex vitalism will prove a useful tool in formulating post-dialectical pedagogies, most notably in the context of emerging digital media. He relates two specific examples of applying complex vitalism in the classroom and calls for the reexamination and reinvention of current self-limiting pedagogies to incorporate vitalism and complexity theory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822959731
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Series:
Pitt Comp Literacy Culture Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: From Vitalism to Complexity     1
Mapping Rhetoric and Composition     12
Cartography and Forgetting     49
Remapping Method     86
A Short Counter-History     121
Technology-Complexity-Methodology     166
Toward Inventive Composition Pedagogies     207
Afterword: Toward a Counter-Historiography     259
Notes     275
Bibliography     291
Index     303

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