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ERIC Number: ED420875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-13
Pages: 16
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An End to the Curious Social Construction of "Expressivism" and the Pragmatist Tradition of Peter Elbow.
Jones, Donald C.
Labeling Peter Elbow an "expressivist" is an ironic reduction of his multifaceted thought to a one-dimensional term at a time when postmodernism stresses heteroglossia. This paper outlines the recent history of "expressivism" to demonstrate its curious social construction. The paper then calls for an "end of expressivism," and this end refers not to the elimination of Elbow's writing process theories but to the rejection of this "divisive and misleading term." To replace this reductive label, the paper offers the alternative classification of Elbow as a pragmatist. Yet, this reorientation of Elbow from an "expressivist" to a pragmatist is offered in the paper with the awareness that the one true categorization is not being presented, only, hopefully, a more useful categorization--one that provides contemporary composition more room in which to grow. Includes 7 notes; contains 26 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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