CCR 611: Comp Histories/Theories

Composition in the University: Historical and Polemical Essays

It was useful to read Crowley after Berlin and interesting to see her whole argument in this collection of essays as opposed to the one chapter I had been assigned to read before this (“A Personal Essay on Freshman English,” which made her seem so extreme that it was difficult to even fathom her argument).… Continue reading Composition in the University: Historical and Polemical Essays

Rhetoric

Unframing Models of Public Distribution: from Rhetorical Situation to Rhetorical Ecologies

Situation bleeds into the concatenation of public interaction. Public interactions bleed into wider social processes. The elements of rhetorical situation simply bleed. 9 Although I’m tempted to summarize this article through an overarching zombie metaphor (influenced by Edbauer Rice’s emphasis of bleeding, contagion, and viral spreading), I’ll try to resist as much as possible. So,… Continue reading Unframing Models of Public Distribution: from Rhetorical Situation to Rhetorical Ecologies

CCR 631: Contemporary Rhetorics

The Rhetorical Situation – Bitzer, Vatz & Biesecker

Our readings this week in Contemporary Rhetorical Theory center on the rhetorical situation and, coincidentally, all appear on our exam list, so this will be a bit more summary-heavy than usual. Bitzer started these debates with his article “The Rhetorical Situation.” Arguing that we hadn’t properly theorized the rhetorical situation, Bitzer’s purpose is to lay… Continue reading The Rhetorical Situation – Bitzer, Vatz & Biesecker