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

CCR 631: Contemporary Rhetorics

“Cultures of Discourse: Marxism and Rhetorical Theory”

Aune presents a conundrum here: the repression of Marxist theory within rhetoric and, reciprocally, the repression of rhetoric in Marxist theory. If mentioned at all, he argues, rhetoric is pushed to the “margins of serious discourse” (539). And although rhetoricians have taken up ideology, the crux of Marxist discourse—class struggle—has been largely ignored. Aune warns… Continue reading “Cultures of Discourse: Marxism and Rhetorical Theory”

CCR 631: Contemporary Rhetorics

Freak Shows & The Negated Audience

The objectification of certain individuals and groups discloses itself through what is and is not said about them and through actual conditions affecting their ability to speak for themselves. (Wander 370) Mental illness was briefly discussed during the presidential debates last fall. Now, the presidential debates are an exclusive space where the audience (the U.S.… Continue reading Freak Shows & The Negated Audience

CCR 611: Comp Histories/Theories · Rhetoric

“Rhetoric and Ideology in the Classroom” Reading Notes

Berlin begins by identifying three rhetorics: cognitive psychology, expressionism, and social epistemic. He distinguishes them as such: “From the perspective offered here, the rhetoric of cognitive psychology refuses the ideological question altogether, claiming for itself the transcendent neutrality of science.” “Expressionistic rhetoric, on the other hand, has always openly admitted its ideological predilections, opposing itself… Continue reading “Rhetoric and Ideology in the Classroom” Reading Notes