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ERIC Number: ED419234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-2
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Is There a Class in This Text? Rhetoric in/of the Media.
Thompson, Gary
The term "rhetoric" is the object of a tug-of-war mostly between the study of certain forms of classical discourse and current teachers of (mostly college) writing who want to find a prehistory for their and "our" discipline. Efforts to invent and preserve disciplines have caused scholars to overlook more general considerations of rhetoric. Rhetoric should be understood generously as the study of communication. To examine rhetoric where it has consequences, instructors should pay more notice to rhetoric in connection with the media, specifically encouraging students to see their own writing as a medium. Three questions should be discussed further: (1) How much instruction in "comp/rhet" is or should be in "reading the culture" as opposed to other aspects of practice?; (2) Does instructional time given to semiotics or other devices detract from that available for students to write?; and (3) Can the "student as blank slate" be gotten away from? The implicit knowledge of culture is the horizon within which students write and think, the boundary of the terrain instructors encourage them to explore. Keeping in mind the need for students to write their way into the sort of discourses they need for success in college and after, they should be encouraged to look seriously at the text which is their experience and understanding of culture, in classrooms and curricular studies. (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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