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ERIC Number: ED404672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Cultural Criticism: Toward a Definition of Professional Praxis.
Rouster, William J.
The task of defining the work of cultural critics is considerably simpler in composition studies than it is in the English department as a whole because of the narrower focus of composition studies' cultural criticism. The field of cultural studies has become so diverse that giving it a clear definition is nearly impossible, and, for some, because of the limiting effect of a definition, undesirable. Cultural studies of the compositionists can be referred to as "cultural criticism" to differentiate it from the "cultural studies" of literature specialists. Cultural criticism can be defined as a pedagogical exercise involving an examination of political elements of society in an attempt to tease out the unconscious ideologies held by society members with the intention of creating a more enlightened society. Compositionists owe it to their students to attempt to increase their awareness about their lives and their societies, as well as teach them how to improve their writing. The political emphasis of cultural criticism is one of its strongest points because it makes students more aware of the ubiquitous political elements influencing, and, at times, controlling their lives, and it presents students with interesting subject matter to discuss and write about. Cultural critics, by making students more aware of their societies, also hope to create a more enlightened society, one in which positive changes will take place, and they are not afraid to state this in their writings. (Contains 13 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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