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ERIC Number: EJ960935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
Noetic Writing: Plato Comes to Missouri
Rice, Jeff
Composition Studies, v39 n2 p9-28 Fall 2011
Walter Ong tells us that the noetic--the rhetorical characteristics of feeling, sensation, and intuition applied to a given communicative situation or act--stems from the oral tradition. The noetic contrasts with the print legacy of argument in which "teaching something is the same as 'proving' it'" ("Ramus" 156). Ong's sense of the noetic deviates from a rhetorical reliance on proof. Instead, it taps into the emotional feature of expression by placing rhetorical exchange in bodies other than the textual body, and thus it works from a logic of the personal as much as the textual. Specifically, Ong draws attention to predominantly notable figures who dominate a rhetor or writer's memory, and who do so in emotional ways. He calls their domination noetic. This article extends Walter Ong's concept of noetic writing to the specific space of St. Louis, Missouri. In doing so, it generates a digital writing practice. This noetic space provides a series of food hubs. A rhetoric of the noetic. An unfinished practice. A pedagogy of writing. A critique of the everyday.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri