ERIC Number: ED163512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Invention Beyond Prewriting: The Role of Invention throughout the Composing Process.
Bridges, Charles W.
The organic theory of writing as a process and as a coherent whole implies that writing evolves from a writer's involvement with the subject. Kenneth Burke's theory of logology, the study of words about words, is a theory of composing that has invention at the center and which a writer can apply from beginning to end as needed. Since a student writes about perceptions in words, grappling with perception becomes grappling with words. To help the student, a heuristic device based on Burke's theory asks three questions: What goes with what? What opposes what? What follows or follows from what? This heuristic procedure aids the student in retrieving information stored in the mind, it draws attention to important information that can be acquired, and it prepares the student's mind for the intuition of an ordering principle, or hypothesis. Such logological analysis underscores the inseparability of invention, form, and style. Such a theory emphasizes creativity and imagination, helps eliminate dryness in expository writing, and helps generate meaningful material for essays. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Burke (Kenneth); Invention (Rhetorical)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (29th, Denver, Colorado, March 30-April 1, 1978)