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ERIC Number: ED371361
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Rhetoric as Preventive Medicine: The Essays of E. M. Forster.
McGuiness, Ilona M.
Through the art of the essay, as conceived by E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf and others, college readers and writers can play a role in the continual weaving of the fabric of civilization--not by delivering lessons, or sermons, or polemical arguments, but by participating in the essayistic dialogue about what comprises a healthy human community that began with Montaigne. Forster's essays affirm and demonstrate the importance of acknowledging that there are no easy solutions to most social problems, especially political ones. They can help the instructor show students that a paper does not have to be a finite gesture, a delusion that the writer has found the answer, the "only" answer. According to Forster, a sick society is one which settles for the comfort of definite answers, is afraid of open dialogue. At Loyola College, professors believe that if they bring students to an understanding of what it means to ask a question freely, think it through in the context of their curricular and extracurricular lives, and capture that process in a form and style that will interest readers and encourage them to respond to the question in their own ways, then they are giving students the necessary tools to tackle writing tasks across the curriculum. This assumes, of course, that the responsibility for introducing students to the discourse communities of the various academic disciplines lies with the faculty of those disciplines. (TB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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