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ERIC Number: EJ879722
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-096X
The Ruse of Clarity
Barnard, Ian
College Composition and Communication, v61 n3 p434-451 Feb 2010
This essay interrogates the concept of "clarity" that has become an imperative of effective student writing. I show that clarity is neither axiomatic nor transparent, and that the clear/unclear binary that informs the identification of clarity as a goal of effective student writing is itself unstable precisely because of the ideological baggage that undergirds its construction. I make this argument by finding the traces of composition's insistence on student writers' clarity in the attacks on the writing of critical theorists. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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