PRE/TEXT: The First Decade

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Victor Vitanza
University of Pittsburgh Pre, Dec 15, 1993 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 352 pages
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After the first issue of PRE/TEXT appeared in 1981, a colleague told Victor Vitanza, the creator, editor and publisher of the journal, how disgusted she was by it, how unreadable it was, how devoted to self-aggrandizement-and how much she enjoyed two articles in it. Devoted to exploring and expanding the field of rhetoric and composition by publishing articles considered “inappropriate” by other journals in the field, PRE/TEXT has, from its inception, made people angry. Yet it has survived, and thrived. This collection of essays pays tribute to the first ten years of the journal, and each reprinted article is paired with a short comment by the author. Also included is Victor Vitanza's retrospective history of the journal and prospectives for the future.
 

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Contents

1 Rewording the Rhetoric of Composition
3
2 The Dance of Discourse
31
3 Cognition Convention and Certainty
65
4 Rhetoric in the American College Curriculum
93
5 The Rhetor as Eiron
117
6 Thomas De Quincey in a Revisionist Rhetoric
163
7 The Writing of Scientific NonFiction
181
8 NeoRomanticism and the History of Rhetoric
217
9 The History of Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of History
237
10 Toward a Sophistic Historiography
263
Afterwords
287
Contents of Volumes 110
315
Notes on Contributors
321
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Victor J. Vitanza is professor of English and rhetoric at Clemson University, where he is director of the Ph.D. program in rhetorics, communications, and information design (RCID). He is the author of Negation, Subjectivity, and the History of Rhetoric.

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