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ERIC Number: ED475857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-12
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Get Medieval on Your Class: Pulp Fiction and the Composition Classroom.
Rader, Dean
One educator who teaches many writing courses in the writing emphasis at the University of San Francisco has used the film "Pulp Fiction" in four different writing classes, the honors section of a Freshman Seminar, and assorted film courses. This paper suggests how and why teaching this film in classes devoted to writing might make a suitable and productive alternative to using a standard literary text. The paper shows how using "Pulp Fiction" can augment and expand the use of standard written texts to provoke student writing and discussion about student writing. According to the paper, while the author/educator is an advocate of using good essays, stories, and poems as measures of how language works in discourse, he does not always think the average undergraduate will see his/her voice in Hemingway's words. The paper explains that, taking as its major theoretical framework I.A. Richard's claim that rhetoric is a philosophic inquiry into how words work in discourse, the educator's methodology when teaching "Pulp Fiction" in a writing course is to unveil rhetorical strategies and how students might begin not only to recognize these strategies but incorporate their own into their writing. It discusses the ways in which he uses "Pulp Fiction" in his different classes. And it finds that using the film in writing courses can serve as a kind of rhetorical frame through which people can more clearly view the relationship of writing, culture, ethics, and rhetoric. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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