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ERIC Number: ED306571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 13
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What Are They Saying about Rhetoric--And Why? Rhetoric and Postmodern Theory.
Ede, Lisa
Rhetoric is being called upon or invoked by theorists in a number of fields, including English and composition studies, and it has the potential for offering a site (as it has in moments in its past) for a genuinely interdisciplinary, critical theory and practice that would remove conceptions of literacy from the margins and place them at the center of cultural debate. But the representation of rhetoric offered by these theorists is often partial and incomplete. Those calling for an epistemological revolution or interpretive turn have played an important role in enabling rhetoric to "get out from under" its historical domination by philosophy, but they deny rhetoric's own traditional commitment to a fully situated understanding of discourse when they downplay all other features except textuality. Those in composition studies, grounded as they are in rhetorical theory yet engaged with the tough day-to-day concerns of literacy, are well situated to contribute to this theoretical effort. (Eighteen references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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