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105. Rhetoric as a New Paradigm for English Studies

Thursday, 9 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Chicago A–B, Chicago Marriott

Program arranged by the Division on the History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition

Presiding: Michael F. Bernard-Donals, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

1. "Composition's Comeback," Marc Bousquet, Emory Univ.

2. "Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, Analysis and Performance," Douglas Hesse, Univ. of Denver

Douglas Hesse's Annotation:
A quarter century ago, Robert Scholes characterized the English curriculum as sorted into consumption (interpretation) and production, the latter yielding courses in "pseudo-literature" (creative writing) and "pseudo-non-literature" (composition). Although the natures of textual production and circulation have changed mightily, and while production has enjoyed some rise (witness the explosion of creative writing, especially in MFA programs, or the growth of faculty lines in comp studies, albeit lines largely analytic or managerial), Scholes's terms are still useful. This talk explains how the twin aims of rhetoric--as an instrument of analysis and production--are currently manifested in English studies, with the persistent over-emphasis on analysis hindering a more vital future for English studies. That future, I'll suggest, would include a much more prominent role--for both students and faculty--for producing texts meant for a much broader range of audiences than members (or pseudo-members) of the field of English studies.

3. "English Studies: Quo Vadis?" Richard Utz, Georgia Tech Univ.

4. "'Rhetoric as an Equipment for Living': How Much of a Stretch?" Peter Leslie Mortensen, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Rhetoric and Rhetorical Theory

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