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This volume presents a representative cross-section of the more than 200 papers presented at the 1994 conference of the Rhetoric Society of America. The contributors reflect multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives — English, speech communication, philosophy, rhetoric, composition studies, comparative literature, and film and media studies. Exploring the historical relationships and changing relationships between rhetoric, cultural studies, and literacy in the United States, this text seeks answers to such questions as what constitutes "literacy" in a post-modern, high-tech, multi-cultural society?
Contents: J.F. Reynolds, Preface. D.J. Ochs, Keynote Address:Epideictic, Ethos, and Educators. S. Crowley, Keynote Address:Biting the Hand that Feeds Us: Nineteenth-Century Uses of a Pedagogy of Taste. E. Schiappa, Kneupper Memorial Address:Intellectuals and the Place of Cultural Critique. R.L. McDonald, C.G. Russell, Rhetoric, Cultural Studies, and Literacy: An Overview of the 1994 Rhetoric Society of America Meeting. Part I:Historical Studies. C. Glenn, Rereading Aspasia: The Palimpsest of Her Thoughts. J. Kimsey, Primitives and Pretenders: Blair and Ossian. D. Broaddus, Composing the Gentleman Writer in America. Part II:Practicing Theories of Reading and Writing. W.T. Ross, Orwell, Russell, and the Language of Imperialism. M. Grabar, "Truth" as Experience and "Method" as Dialectic: Gadamer's Hermeneutics and Literacy. D.W. Smit, Burke Contra Jameson on Ideological Criticism; or How to Read Patricia Hampl Reading Whitman During the Vietnam War. G. Conway, Judicial Constructions of Difference: The Supreme Court's Majority Opinions in Scott v. Sandford and Bowers v. Hardwick. Part III:Public/Private Voices. R.L. Veeder, Expressive Rhetoric, a Genealogy of Ideas, and a Case for the British Romantics. S.B. Katz, The Kabbalah as a Theory of Rhetoric: Another Suppressed Epistemology. T.R. Johnson, Expressivism, Pleasure, and the Magical Medicine of Gorgias. L. Mao, Individualism or Personhood: A Battle of Locution or Rhetoric? H. Roskelly, Private Voices and Public Acts: Reform in the Teaching of Literacy. J. Comfort, A Rhetoric of "Cultural Negotiation:" Toward an Ethos of Empowerment for African-American Women Graduate Students. Part IV:Institutional Concerns. R. Norgaard, The Rhetoric of Writing Requirements. K.L. Blair, Resisting and Revising Culture: From Modernist Theory to Postmodernist Pedagogy. J.N. Magnotto, Literacy Among Undergraduates: How We Represent Students as Writers and What It Means When We Don't. R.C. Gebhardt, Scholarship, Promotion, and Tenure in Composition Studies.