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ERIC Number: ED374442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Pages: 10
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Positioning Personal Discourse Professionally.
McGann, Patrick
Although a Ph.D. candidate feels pressured to take sides in the discursive war in academe between social-epistemics and expressionists, he finds it difficult to do so. W. Ross Winterowd, a "spokesperson" for social-epistemic rhetoric, makes distinctions between the two camps, maintaining a discursive dichotomy between what he calls the New Rhetoricians or collectivist rhetoricians and the Romantic Idealists or individualist rhetoricians, like Donald Murray, Ken Macrorie, and Peter Elbow. In Winterowd's view, Romantics view writing as "making" something, while New Rhetoricians see writing as "doing" something. "Doing" implies that communication and community are more central, since "convincing, elating, informing" are actions directed toward an audience. Winterowd faults the Romantics for their individualistic orientation, their investment in truth and honesty apart from human community, and their solipsism. Feminist readings, however, suggest that these two camps need not necessarily be opposed. Feminists argue that men have historically oppressed women by purifying male interests, considering male interests "transcendent," while female interests are "silly" or "impure" because they are myopic. Winterowd's desire to theorize rhetoric is also the desire to purify, to avoid being polluted by the "messy" expressionists. Feminists assert that social and individual worlds are inextricably bound--thus, they use personal writing to serve as an avenue for inquiry into the ideological constructs of self in relation to other. This ideology suggests that the two rhetorics can be seen as continuous rather than opposed. (Contains 20 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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