ERIC Number: ED328918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
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The Feminine Rhetorics of Janet Emig and Andrea Lunsford.
Two eminent women theorists have been especially instrumental in creating a feminine rhetoric which is process-oriented, relational, integrated and collaborative. Janet Emig may rightly be considered as one of the key researchers responsible for the paradigm shift in composition studies and practice. The fundamental assumptions the field has developed over the past 20 years are rooted in her rhetoric of process and community. It was Emig who first called for the abandonment of the product as the primary interest and for the encouragement of a process writing teachers can initiate through imagination and sustain through empathy and support. Emig also called for a community of writers where teachers write along with their students. Another important contributor to the new rhetoric is Andrea Lunsford, who has presented a dialogic or polyphonal model of communication based on the phenomenon of collaboration. Lunsford argues that learning occurs as part of an interaction, either between the learner and the environment or, more frequently, between the learner and peers. Participants in the dialogic collaborative mode capitalize on the creative tension inherent in multi-voiced rhetorical ventures, whereas multiple voices are seen as a problem in the hierarchical mode of the traditional rhetorical paradigm. Both Emig and Lunsford are reinventing the rhetorical tradition, creating a rhetoric of process and integration, of community and collaboration. (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Composition Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).