The Resistant Writer: Rhetoric As Immunity, 1850 to the Present

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The Resistant Writer integrates two lively sub-fields in rhetoric and composition: nineteenth-century composition history and contemporary issues about teaching cultural studies in composition. Examining the broad cultural anxieties that nineteenth-century intellectuals faced reveals that training in composition was envisioned as more than the means for producing competent writers. The training also reacted to and tried to ameliorate the nineteenth-century "crisis in public discourse", this one brought about not by television, commodity capitalism, or the World Wide Web, but by the then-dominant medium of public discussion, the newspaper.

Paine carefully reveals that today's writing teachers are not the first to desire that the composition classroom have social import beyond the academy. These thoughtful new insights from composition's origins form an intriguing critique of contemporary "cultural studies and composition" theories of student transformation.

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Examines the history of 19th-century composition and looks at contemporary issues about teaching cultural studies in composition. Explores cultural anxieties that 19th-century intellectuals faced and their struggles to train competent writers in the face of a "crisis in public discourse," brought on, not by television or the Web, but by newspapers. These new insights from composition's origins form a critique of contemporary cultural studies and composition theories of student transformation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Introduction
1 On the Idea of Discourse Immunity, or the Public Health of Rhetorical Instruction 3
Pt. 2 History
2 The Uses of Composition History 21
3 To "Fortify the Immunities of a Free People": Edward T. Channing's Response to Emerging Forms of Popular Public Discourse 45
4 A. S. Hill (i): Nineteenth-Century Journalism and the Making of a Patrician Intellectual 85
5 A. S. Hill (ii): Reforming the Public and Its Discourse at the Modern University and in the Writing Course 125
Pt. 3 Contemporary Pedagogy
6 Classroom Argument, Responsibility, and Change 151
7 Conflict, Change, and "Flexibility" in the Composition and Cultural Studies Classroom 179
Notes 203
Works Cited 231
Index 253
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