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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User Review  - Phillip - Goodreads

The reason I gave this book only three stars is because I think it's a bit out-dated. In my experience (limited though it is) the kind of paradigm shift LaFevre pushed for in 1987 has occurred. She ... Read full review


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