A Rhetoric of Doing: Essays on Written Discourse in Honor of James L. Kinneavy

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James L. Kinneavy, Stephen Paul Witte, Neil Nakadate, Roger Dennis Cherry
SIU Press, 1992 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 376 pages
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Concerned with both the nature and the practice of discourse, the eighteen essays collected here treat rhetoric as a dynamic enterprise of inquiry, exploration, and application, and in doing so reflect James L. Kinneavy's firm belief in the vital relationship between theory and practice, his commitment to a spirit of accommodation and assimilation that promotes the development of ever more powerful theories and ever more useful practices.

A thorough introduction provides the reader with clear summaries of the essays by leading-edge theorists, researchers, and teachers of writing and rhetoric. A "field context" for the ideas presented in this book is provided through the division of the various chapters into four major sections that focus on classical rhetoric and rhetorical theory in historical contexts; on dimensions of discourse theory, aspects of discourse communities, and the sorts of knowledge people access and use in producing written texts; on writing in school-related contexts; and on several dimensions of nonacademic writing. A fifth section contains a bibliographic survey and an appreciation of James Kinneavy's work. The exceptional range of these essays makes A Rhetoric of Doing an ecumenical examination of the current state of mind in rhetoric and written communication, a survey and description of what discourse and those in the field of discourse are, in fact, doing.


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Interpreting Historically
The Exclusion of Women from Classical Rhetoric
The Meaning of Heuristic in Aristotles Rhetoric and
The Commodification of Classical Rhetoric and Composition
Theories That Help Us Read and Write Better
When Reference Discourse No Longer Refers
Notes on Response and Revision
More Meanings of Audience
Teaching with Writing Across
Ethnologic and Chinese Composition
Writing Assessment Writing Instruction
Kairos in the Rhetoric of Science
Noun Phrases and the Style of Scientific Discourse
A Bibliographical Essay
Notes on Contributors

The Cognition of a Constructive Process

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About the author (1992)

Stephen P. Witte is a cofounder and coeditor of Written Communication and a coauthor of Evaluating College Writing Programs.

Neil Nakadate is a professor of English at Iowa State University and coauthor of Writing in the Liberal Arts Tradition: A Rhetoric with Readings.

Roger D. Cherry is an assistant professor of English at Ohio State University and coeditor of Written Communication and coauthor of Holistic Assessment of Writing: Issues in Theory and Practice.

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