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Rhetoric and Composition as Intellectual Work / Edition 2

Rhetoric and Composition as Intellectual Work / Edition 2

by Gary A. Olson


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Rhetoric and Composition as Intellectual Work / Edition 2

In response to those who insist that rhetoric and composition should remain only a service discipline, editor Gary A. Olson’s Rhetoric and Composition as Intellectual Work demonstrates that it already is an intellectual discipline, that for at least a quarter of a century the field has developed an impressive tradition of intellectual work in a remarkable assortment of subject areas. Rhetoric and Composition as Intellectual Work suggests the diversity of intellectual projects that have and will continue to make rhetoric and composition more than a service to the university, more than a field devoted solely to improving writing pedagogy, and more than a preliminary to literary studies.

This collection of nineteen essays by some of the most distinguished scholars in the discipline illustrates that rhetoric and composition has much to contribute to the intellectual milieu of the contemporary university, as the field continues to push its disciplinary borders and discover new sites of investigation.

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ISBN-13: 9780809324330
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2000
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,028,338
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Gary A. Olson is a professor of English and the coordinator of the graduate program in rhetoric and composition at the University of South Florida. A past editor of JAC, his fifteen books include the edited volumes of Philosophy, Rhetoric, Literary Criticism and Interviews: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Rhetoric and Literacy with Irene Gale.

Table of Contents

Part 1.Disciplinary Concerns
1.Reclaiming Our Theoretical Heritage: A Big Fish Tale3
2.Rhetoric and Composition as a Coherent Intellectual Discipline: A Meditation12
3.The Death of Composition as an Intellectual Discipline23
4.The Case for Writing Studies as a Major Discipline32
Part 2.Historical Inquiry
5.Writing Studies as a Mode of Inquiry41
6.Claiming the Archive for Rhetoric and Composition55
7.New Dispositions for Historical Studies in Rhetoric65
Part 3.Ideological Inquiry
8.Ideological Critique in Rhetoric and Composition81
9.Working Against the State: Composition's Intellectual Work for Change91
10.Coming to Terms: Theory, Writing, Politics101
11.Holdin It Down: Students' Right and the Struggle over Language Diversity115
Part 4.Philosophical Inquiry
12.From Segregated Schools to Dimpled Chads: Rhetorical Hermeneutics and the Suasive Work of Theory131
13.Paralogic Rhetoric: An Overview143
14.Writing and Truth: Philosophy's Role in Rhetorical Practice153
15.Seeing in Third Sophistic Ways164
Part 5.New Directions
16.Body Studies in Rhetoric and Composition177
17.Delivering the Message: Typography and the Materiality of Writing188
18.The Intelletual Work of Computers and Composition Studies203
19.The Eternal Return of Magic-Rhetoric: Carnak Counts Ballots221
List of Contributors231

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