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A history of contemporary rhetoric, Visions and Revisions: Continuity and Change in Rhetoric and Composition examines the discipline’s emergence and development from the rise of new rhetoric in the late 1960s through the present. Editor James D. Williams has assembled nine essays from leading scholars to trace the origins of new rhetoric and examine current applications of genre studies, the rhetoric of science, the rhetoric of information, and the influence of liberal democracy on rhetoric in society.

Given the field’s diversity, a historical sketch cannot adopt a single perspective.  Part one of Visions and Revisions therefore offers the detailed reminiscences of four pioneers in new rhetoric, while the essays in part two reflect on a variety of issues that have influenced (and continue to influence) current theory and practice. In light of the recent shift in focus of scholarly investigation toward theory, Williams’s collection contextualizes the underlying tension between theory and practice while stressing instruction of students as the most important dimension of rhetoric and composition today. Together, these chapters from some of the most influential scholars in the field provide a range of perspectives on the state of rhetoric and composition and illuminate the discipline’s development over the course of the last forty years.

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“Within a relatively short period, from the early 1960s through the beginning of the millennium, we witnessed the emergence of the field; the influence of linguistics and psychology in shaping an empirical agenda; the waning of that influence as the field aligned itself more closely with the goals and objectives of traditional English departments; the shift toward postmodern perspectives on language, place, and self; and, more recently, a movement toward what might be called post-postmodern concerns. Visions and Revisions: Continuity and Change in Rhetoric and Composition examines continuity and change from several perspectives as it concerns the rise of new rhetoric and what followed.”—James D. Williams, from the Preface
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Williams (Soka U., California) has compiled nine essays that examine rhetoric and composition from the 1960s to the present: its emergence as a field; the influence of linguistics and psychology in shaping an empirical agenda; the waning of that influence as the field aligned itself more closely with the goals and objectives of traditional English departments; the shift toward postmodern perspectives on language, place, and self; and a move toward post-postmodern concerns. This historical study begins with reminiscences by Richard Lloyd-Jones, W. Ross Winterowd, Frank J. D'Angelo, and John Warnock. The second section examines those changes in detail. For example, Williams makes the connection between rhetoric and democracy, especially the influence of liberal democracy on rhetoric in society. He argues that because our liberal democracy is so focused on entertainment, rhetoric and composition must examine its role in relation to it. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809324293
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 2/2/2002
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

James D. Williams is a professor of rhetoric and linguistics and the writing program director at Soka University. He is the author of The LEA Guide to Composition, The Teacher’s Grammar Book, Preparing to Teach Writing: Research, Theory, and Practice, The Interdisciplinary Reader, and Literacy and Bilingualism. 

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Reflections and Reminiscences
1 Omnivorous Study 13
2 Fragments of History, Personal and Institutional 33
3 Looking for an Object of Study in the 1970s 49
4 The Discipline and the Profession: It's a Doggy Dog World 69
Pt. 2 Examining the Legacy
5 Reconsideration of Genre 89
6 The End of Composition-Rhetoric 109
7 Rhetoric and the Triumph of Liberal Democracy 131
8 Knowing, Rhetoric, Science 163
9 Rhetoric in Classrooms: Prospects for the Twenty-First Century 219
Contributors 249
Index 253
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