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ERIC Number: EJ1081966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7502
Re-Composing Space: Composition's Rhetorical Geography
Binkley, Roberta; Smith, Marissa
Composition Forum, v15 Spr 2006
In the spaces where the teaching of first-year writing occurs in the North American university and community college, Composition Studies is still a relatively young discipline, and remains focused on process, thesis sentence, argument, and propositional, and linear logic as primary goals. The rhetorical practices that underlie the discipline of composition studies as well as the "Western" tradition of the humanities are those primarily defined by Aristotle. While Aristotelian theory provides powerful conceptual tools and vocabulary, scholars such as Enos (Rirchard), Glenn, Jarratt, Neel, Swearingen, and others have well documented its limitations, frequently offering the sophistic tradition as an alternative. In this paper, the authors explore the limitations and implications for composition imposed by this historicist concept of the origins of rhetorical theory, one that locates the "birth" in ancient Athens. Using a Postmodern/Poststructural critique rooted in human geography, the authors wish to expose the simultaneous influence of time and space, the foundation of human geography, on the structures of rhetoric. Looking at the putative "birth" of rhetoric in the specific geographic spatio-temporal context of ancient Greece allows the authors to compare and display similarities between ancient Greece and the rhetorical spaces of today, specifically writing classrooms and campuses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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