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1992

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Rhetoric and Composition

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Rhetoric Of Professional Correspondence: Origins Of Contemporary Practice, Verlane D. Edwards Jan 1992

Rhetoric Of Professional Correspondence: Origins Of Contemporary Practice, Verlane D. Edwards

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In conjunction with the increased interest in rhetorical studies, and as a result of recent research surveys which cite the centrality of letter writing in professional communication, letter writing has been receiving increased scholarly attention. A significant portion of this attention consists of complaints about the current state of textbook instruction in business correspondence. For example, Sam Dragga argues that the traditional attention to classification of letters and teaching the characteristics of those classifications allows writers to avoid addressing the "complexity of specific rhetorical situations".


Plato And The Notion Of A Dialectical Rhetoric: Pedagogical Implications For Composition Studies, Shelly L. Hannusch Jan 1992

Plato And The Notion Of A Dialectical Rhetoric: Pedagogical Implications For Composition Studies, Shelly L. Hannusch

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

One of the most significant areas of debate within the Platonic dialogues has been Plato's conception of rhetoric. This area of interpretation has been so vast and varied that it is hard to believe that everyone has been analyzing the same dialogues. However, one view has predominated, and that is the view that Plato, as seen primarily in the Gorgias and the Phaedrus, disapproved of rhetoric and writing and has historically been its fiercest opponent.


Making Composition History: Fred Newton Scott, Gary D. Mckinney Jan 1992

Making Composition History: Fred Newton Scott, Gary D. Mckinney

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In 1977, Donald Stewart conducted a survey of literature history and rhetoric and composition history knowledge at an NCTE convention in New York City. Since the respondents were reputable instructors who spent almost half their time teaching composition, Stewart was surprised at the results. On the section that tested knowledge of literature history, the high score was 92.5; the low score was 27.5; the average score, 67; mean score, 72.5. Stewart adds, "14 people scored in the 80's, four in the 90's". This essay is about Fred Newton Scott, and I begin by wondering how ...


Is Style Teachable?: A Reconsideration Of The Stylistic Value Of Prose Memorization, Terry Ann Rasmussen Jan 1992

Is Style Teachable?: A Reconsideration Of The Stylistic Value Of Prose Memorization, Terry Ann Rasmussen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this thesis is to argue for a reconsideration of the potential value of imitation, particularly prose-memorization, as a pedagogical approach towards style.


Rhetorical Analysis Of Frances Burney's Evelina And Select Journal Entries, Kerry Lynn Walter Jan 1992

Rhetorical Analysis Of Frances Burney's Evelina And Select Journal Entries, Kerry Lynn Walter

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The first issue discussed in Burney scholarship--and dealt with in this work--has to do with her importance as a novelist and as a diarist. Margaret Arme !body notes in her Frances Burney: The Life in the Works that Burney's fame (in the twentieth century) has been "to a large extent that not of a novelist but of a diarist" ( 1). The novels, often similar in style 'and content to the journals, have been treated as less important or less impressive than the journals. !body writes the biography partly as a way of counteracting "the popularity of the diary material ...


The Rhetoric Of Sir Isaac Newton's Principia: A Rejection Of Cartesianism, Charles L. Fite Jan 1992

The Rhetoric Of Sir Isaac Newton's Principia: A Rejection Of Cartesianism, Charles L. Fite

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Because of its vital role in scientific discovery, scientific writing and its role in scientific discourse have, in recent years, been recognized by rhetorical theorists as a legitimate avenue of study. One of the most interesting and important methods of understanding scientific discourse is to study its origins and development over the years.


Collaborative Holistic Evaluation: Theoretical Underpinnings And Classroom Use, Grant Moser Jan 1992

Collaborative Holistic Evaluation: Theoretical Underpinnings And Classroom Use, Grant Moser

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Ever since the first composition student set stylus to clay tablet, we who teach composition have been blessed with the authority and cursed with the responsibility of evaluating student writing. Blessed because that grant of authority is an acknowledgment from our colleagues, our profession, our institutions, and our students that we can be trusted to fairly and accurately judge the quality of other people's writing. Cursed because that burden of responsibility demands an intensity of effort and an investment of time that are frequently intimidating and always exhausting.