Beyond Outlining: New Approaches to Rhetorical Form

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University Press of America, 1992 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 199 pages
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This book is a unique, long-needed comprehensive study of whole-discourse form going beyond traditional prescriptions. Ancient and contemporary innovations are combined with a new theory and practical application. The author rescues the organization of persuasive/explanatory prose from long neglect and unimaginative traditional formulas. She demonstrates a new theory of form fluency in analyses of student texts and applies it in new 'form heuristics' that go beyond outlining. The main audience for this book will be professors and graduate students in the growing discipline of rhetoric/composition, or any teacher or writer interested in new ideas about organizing discourse.
 

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Contents

New Thinking About Form
1
Investigating Form Fluency
25
Form Processes In Action
33
Individual Approaches
85
New Approaches
115
Forming Rhetorically
127
Using form fluency
130
A New Rhetoric Of Form
133
Versatility in formal effects
136
TOPICS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR DISCOURSES IN THREE MODES
145
QUESTIONNAIRE ON ESSAY PLANNING PROCESSES
149
RUBRICS FOR RATINGS ON FORM
153
TEXTS OF REPRESENTATIVE TRANSACTIONAL DISCOURSES OF FIRSTYEAR COLLEGE STUDENTS
155
OUTLINING UPDATED BEYOND OUTLINING 1960 TO 1980
179
WORKS CITED
183
INDEX
195

Versatile use of the four processes of form fluency
134
Versatility conceptual and rhetorical
135

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