Invention as a Social Act

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SIU Press, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 173 pages
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The act of inventing relates to the process of inquiry, to creativity, to poetic and aesthetic invention.

Building on the work of rhetoricians, philosophers, linguists, and theorists in other disciplines, Karen Burke LeFevre challenges a widely-held view of rhetorical invention as the act of an atomistic individual. She proposes that invention be viewed as a social act, in which individuals interact dialectically with society and culture in distinctive ways.

Even when the primary agent of invention is an individual, invention is pervasively affected by relationships of that individual to others through language and other socially shared symbol systems. LeFevre draws implications of a view of invention as a social act for writers, researchers, and teachers of writing.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Platonic View of Rhetorical Invention
10
Invention as a Social Act
33
A Continuum of Social Perspectives on Invention
48
A Foundation for a Social Perspective
95
Implications of a Social Perspective on Invention
121
Notes
143
Bibliography
161
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About the author (1987)

Karen Burke LeFevre teaches and directs the Writing Center in the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.