ERIC Number: ED382993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
The Writing Classroom as a Spiritual Site of Composing.
Groppe, John D.
The academic setting for many students is frightening, but it is especially so for students with a strong religious background. For such students, the academic atmosphere is, at best, not neutral but empty of teachers and classes that would encourage them to deepen their religious resources. In a "Point of View" essay in the "Chronicle of Higher Education," Professor Robert N. Sollod called the current curriculum of American colleges and universities "the hollow curriculum" as "American universities now largely ignore religion and spirituality." That may be the best situation religious students encounter. More often they encounter an environment hostile to religion. What writing instructors, especially, must do at this junction is learn how to deal with ideas and experiences that are vital to a good number of their constituents. They must recognize and appreciate the range and variety of verbal forms that reflect and constitute what William James called the varieties of religious experience. Prophetic discourse would be one of these verbal forms. The prophetic genre is both a crystallization of and the impetus for such forms as personal testimonies or autobiographies, lyrical meditation, and songs that appropriate or develop religious symbols. Expressive discourse can be used as a means of building the kind of premises and connections among a group of students that is necessary for good persuasive discourse. Contains seven references. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (46th, Washington, DC, March 23-25, 1995).