ERIC Number: ED364910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-1
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Gertrude Buck's Theory of Discourse: A New Historical Perspective.
Abordonado, Valentina M.
An examination of the grammatical, rhetorical, and composition theories of Gertrude Buck (associate professor of English at Vassar College from 1897 to 1922) testifies to her rebellion against the current-traditional rhetorical tradition. Perhaps most remarkable about her writing is its emergence during a historical period that was witnessing an eclipse in rhetorical theory and a shift in the social function of American colleges toward an emphasis on providing opportunities for individual advancement. Buck's theory of discourse, viewed as rebelling against the perceived institutional need to "certify" a new community of middle class scholars, was the product of social forces at a particular historical juncture. Her progressive doctrine failed to find fertile ground in the discipline of composition and rhetoric; it withered in relative obscurity for many decades. Gertrude Buck's theory of discourse provides a case study of the powerful role that institutional priorities play in shaping pedagogical theories and practice. (Contains 28 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Buck (Gertrude); Composition Theory; Historical Background
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (44th, San Diego, CA, March 31-April 3, 1993).