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ERIC Number: ED398592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 7
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Concealment in Composition: Radical Omission or Integral Part?
Grunst, Robert
In his book, "Inventions: Writing, Textuality, and Understanding," Gerald L. Bruns interprets the hermeneutics of Hans Georg Gadamer. Hermeneutics is the art of interpretation. One principle of hermeneutics is that understanding always proceeds from an initializing moment of confusion, strangeness, darkness, or concealment. Concealment's opposite is clarity, and, while a repeated direction to composition students is "make it clear," experience is not always clear, nor is language. If composition courses are predicated upon the "make it clear" motto, dimensions of language and experience basic to the very reason for composition are concealed from students. In composition courses, the most vital work comes in helping students to understand that meaning is always a compensation for what is inaccessible and in encouraging them to have reverence for concealment, which is not deceit nor obscurity, but the very condition which keeps individuals thinking and writing and trying to compose accounts for themselves and others--explaining why, how, and what it means to be here and to be human. (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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