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ERIC Number: ED146588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 53
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Reference Count: 0
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Brain and Rhetoric: An Exploratory Essay.
Winterowd, W. Ross
This paper considers the implications for rhetorical studies of recent research and theory on hemispheric functions. After discussing differences between the functions of the right and left hemispheres of the brain, these differences are related to metaphor (which is seen as propositional in nature) and synecdoche (which is seen as appositional). Implications of these distinctions are drawn in terms of readers' approaches to texts, which can involve either informational reading or esthetic immersion. The notion of "presence" is discussed and related to appositional, right-brain functions. With regard to composition, it is noted that in immature writing there are traces of two quite different styles, one propositional and the other appositional. While the ability to carry on propositional thinking is seen as a sign of maturity, maturity in writing involves more: the ability to unite the appositional with the propositional in appropriate contexts. (AA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (28th, Kansas City, Missouri, March 31-April 2, 1977)