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

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

by Charles Paine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791440494

ISBN-13: 9780791440490

Pub. Date: 02/01/1999

Publisher: State University of New York Press

A cultural history of the origins of composition studies that sheds new light on contemporary debates regarding the role of rhetoric in student transformation.

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.

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Overview

A cultural history of the origins of composition studies that sheds new light on contemporary debates regarding the role of rhetoric in student transformation.

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791440490
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Series:
SUNY series, Literacy, Culture, and Learning: Theory and Practice Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
261
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part One: Introduction

1. On the Idea of Discourse Immunity, or the Public Health of Rhetorical Instruction

Part Two: History

2. The Uses of Composition History

3. To "Fortify the Immunities of a Free People": Edward T. Channing's Response to Emerging Forms of Popular Public Discourse

4. A. S. Hill (i): Nineteenth-Century Journalism and the Making of a Patrician Intellectual

5. A. S. Hill (ii): Reforming the Public and Its Discourse at the Modern University and in the Writing Course

Part Three: Contemporary Pedagogy

6. Classroom Argument, Responsibility, and Change

7. Conflict, Change, and "Flexibility" in the Composition and Cultural Studies Classroom

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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