ERIC Number: ED489295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Selected Essays of Jim W. Corder: Pursuing the Personal in Scholarship, Teaching, and Writing
Baumlin, James S.; Miller, Keith D.
National Council of Teachers of English
Recent, renewed interest in the personal in writing and teaching suggests that the late Jim Corder still has much to tell us. Editors James Baumlin and Keith Miller argue that Corder's yet-to-be-absorbed theory and scholarly praxis can contribute significantly to current debates in composition studies, especially because Corder struggles to move beyond the impasse facing social constructionism and expressivism even as he seeks their rapprochement. To that end, the first section of the book--consisting of nine of Corder's most important essays, including his Braddock Award--winning "What I Learned at School" and his "New Introduction to Psychoanalysis"--draws together the broad range of his concerns, displaying his unflagging interest in questions of place, memory, and ethos in writing and his willingness to challenge conventional divisions of discipline and genre. The second section offers three never-before published excerpts from some of Corder's most personal and compelling late work, including his timely meditation on place and its relation to rhetoric, "Places in the Mind." An annotated bibliography of Corder's writings rounds out what Wendy Bishop in her foreword calls an important collection by a writer "inventively ahead of his time." This book begins with a List of Illustrations, a Foreword: Looking for Ethos in all the right places (Wendy Bishop), and A Note on the Text and Acknowledgements. After the Introduction (Chapter 1) (Keith D. Miller and James S. Baumlin), the book is divided into two parts. Part I: Essays Scholarly and Personal, contains the following chapters: (2) Late Word from the Provinces; (3) What I Learned at School; (4) Varieties of Ethical Argument, with Some Account of the Significance of Ethos in the Teaching of Composition; (5) Studying Rhetoric and Teaching School; (6) A New Introduction to Psychoanalysis, Taken as a Version of Modern Rhetoric; (7) Argument as Emergence, Rhetoric as Love; (8) On the Way, Perhaps, to a New Rhetore Yet, and If We Do Get There, There Won't Be There Anymore; (9) Hunting for Ethos Where They Say It Can't Be Found; and (10) Hunting Lieutenant Chadbourne: A Search for Ethos Whether Real or Pretended. The final part, Part II, From Unpublished Manuscripts: (11) I in Mine, You Elsewhere; (12) Aching for a Self; and (13) Places in the Mind. This book also contains an annotated Bibliography of Corder's Work (Keith D. Miller).
Descriptors: Essays, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition), Teaching Methods, Rhetoric, Ethics, Persuasive Discourse, Psychiatry, Scholarship
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