Counter-History of Composition Toward Methodologies of Complexity

ISBN-10: 0822959739
ISBN-13: 9780822959731
Edition: 2007
Authors: Byron Hawk
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Description: A Counter-History of Compositioncontests the foundational disciplinary assumption that vitalism and contemporary rhetoric represent opposing, disconnected poles in the writing tradition. Vitalism has been historically linked to expressivism and  More...

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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

A Counter-History of Compositioncontests the foundational disciplinary assumption that vitalism and contemporary rhetoric represent opposing, disconnected poles in the writing tradition. Vitalism has been historically linked to expressivism and concurrently dismissed as innate, intuitive, and unteachable, whereas rhetoric is seen as a rational, teachable method for producing argumentative texts. Counter to this, Byron Hawk identifies vitalism as the ground for producing rhetorical texts-the product of complex material relations rather than the product of chance. Through insightful historical analysis ranging from classical Greek rhetoric to contemporary complexity theory, Hawk defines three forms of vitalism (oppositional, investigative, and complex) and argues for their application in the environments where students write and think today. Hawk proposes that complex vitalism will prove a useful tool in formulating post-dialectical pedagogies, most notably in the context of emerging digital media. He relates two specific examples of applying complex vitalism in the classroom and calls for the reexamination and reinvention of current self-limiting pedagogies to incorporate vitalism and complexity theory.

Byron Hawk is assistant professor of English at George Mason University.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: From Vitalism to Complexity
Mapping Rhetoric and Composition
Cartography and Forgetting
Remapping Method
A Short Counter-History
Technology-Complexity-Methodology
Toward Inventive Composition Pedagogies
Afterword: Toward a Counter-Historiography
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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