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Emancipatory Movements in Composition

The Rhetoric of Possibility

Andrea Greenbaum

Publication Year: 2002

Emancipatory Movements in Composition provides an overview of the four major disciplines that have, for the last ten years, influenced and guided the direction of composition studies. Drawing on contemporary social and rhetorical theory, this is the first cultural studies text deeply informed by classical rhetoric, feminism, and postcolonial studies. Readable and engaging, it merges theory and pedagogy, providing a rubric for understanding critical pedagogy, neosophistic rhetoric, service-learning, and ethnographic research. This self-reflexive and critical book examines the ethical dimensions of partaking in liberatory learning practices in the contemporary composition classroom.

Published by: State University of New York Press


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pp. ix-x

A special thanks to Priscilla Ross, a wonderful editor, who continues to enrich the field of rhetoric and composition. My colleagues and friends at the University of South Florida: Joseph M. Moxley,offered guidance throughout the composition of this manuscript. mission to cite material from my essay, “‘Wat’cha Think? I Can’t...

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pp. xi-xvi

For two nights during the Hebrew month of Nisan, Jews celebrate the holiday of Passover by conducting a Seder. This ritualized ceremony is organized by a Haggadah, the text used to narrate the story of Exodus. Since childhood, Passover has remained my favorite holiday—which should not be surprising, since this holiday...

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pp. 1-22

The title of this chapter is taken directly from an anonymous sophistic treatise called Dissoi Logoi, or Dialexeis, and is traced back to the subsequent end of the Peloponnesian War (Sprague 279). I use this treatise as a convenient means to segue into my discussion of the infusion of sophistic rhetorical practices and theory into...

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pp. 23-48

In 1991, James Berlin observed, “Composition as cultural studies has received little attention in current discussions of English studies, a fact that gives it special force as an oppositional alternative”(“Composition” 48). Remarkably, in the eleven years since Berlinmade this observation, cultural studies, perhaps far more than any...

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pp. 49-68

Before Hillary Clinton stood-by-her-man through the Lewinsky spectacle, before she dreamed of being a New York senator, she held the distinctive and rather envious title of national überbitch. Not only, as Kit Gingrich lamented, did Hillary Clinton “take over” meetings, she also refused to be the kind of woman who...

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pp. 69-82

Within the last five years, scholars in composition have come to question what Catherine Prendergast refers to as the “absent presence” of race in the conversation of literacy, and while teaching at the University of South Florida, I was forced to confront this presence when I experienced a heated racial encounter that irrevocably...

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pp. 83-102

The liberatory pedagogies of neosophistic rhetoric, cultural studies, feminism, and postcolonial studies have indelibly altered the com- position classroom, creating a theoretical and pedagogical environment that undeniably promulgates a leftist political agenda. Those of us who are trained in rhetoric and composition have...


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pp. 103-110


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pp. 111-114


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pp. 115-128


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pp. 129-133

E-ISBN-13: 9780791488232
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791454374
Print-ISBN-10: 0791454371

Page Count: 149
Publication Year: 2002

OCLC Number: 53226152
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  • English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching.
  • Report writing -- Study and teaching.
  • English language -- Composition and exercises -- Study and teaching.
  • Interdisciplinary approach in education.
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