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ERIC Number: ED432758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 13
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Teaching Discourse Study To Resist General Discourse Theories.
Yarbrough, Stephen R.
If an instructor teaches in a rhetoric and composition program, one of the most important ways to teach discourse study as a resistance to discourse theory is by tracing the fundamental founding dichotomies of discourse theory through the history of rhetorical theory, examining how assumptions of the legitimacy of such founding dichotomies has conditioned the development of the current understanding of rhetoric. A graduate course on rhetoric and hermeneutics explores the relationships between reading and writing as they are understood in today's theory and practice. The guide used is Kathy Eden's 1997 text "Hermeneutics and the Rhetorical Tradition: Chapters in the Ancient Legacy and Its Humanist Reception." One controversy over disputed texts which Cicero cites is "the discrepancy between the writer's words and the writer's intention, routinely formulated as either 'scriptum' versus 'voluntas' or 'scriptum' versus 'sententia.'" Eden traces this assumption back to Aristotle's "Poetics." Augustine's description of the tropes as topics of interpretive invention rather than as grammatical deviations is possible because he never makes an ontological distinction between signs and things in the first place. Introducing graduate students to thinkers such as Augustine enables them to engage the history of discourse about discourse more critically. (NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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