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The act of inventing relates to the process of inquiry, to creativity, to poetic and aesthetic invention.

Building on the work of rhetoricians, philosophers, linguists, and theorists in other dis­ciplines, Karen Burke LeFevre challenges a widely-held view of rhetorical invention as the act of an atomistic individual. She proposes that invention be viewed as a social act, in which individuals in­teract dialectically with society and culture in dis­tinctive ways.

Even when the primary agent of invention is an individual, invention is pervasively affected by rela­tionships of that individual to others through lan­guage and other socially shared symbol systems. LeFevre draws implications of a view of invention as a social act for writers, researchers, and teachers of writing.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Frank J. D'Angelo
  3. pp. ix-13
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 2. A Platonic View of Rhetorical Invention
  2. pp. 10-32
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  1. 3. Invention as a Social Act
  2. pp. 33-47
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  1. 4. A Continuum of Social Perspectives on Invention
  2. pp. 48-94
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  1. 5. The Role of Language: A Foundation for a Social Perspective on Invention
  2. pp. 95-120
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  1. 6. Implications of a Social Perspective on Rhetorical Invention
  2. pp. 121-142
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 143-160
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 161-173
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  1. Author Biography
  2. p. 174
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  1. Back Cover
  2. p. 175
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780809390854
Related ISBN
9780809313280
MARC Record
OCLC
904791038
Pages
190
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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