Contending with Words
Composition and Rhetoric in a Postmodern Age
Editor(s): Patricia Harkin, John Schilb
Pages: 242 pp.
Recipient of the Nancy Dasher Book Award from the College English Association of Ohio, 1994
"The best essay collection in Rhetoric and Composition I have ever read."
College Composition and Communication
"Theoretically informed, sophisticated, critical, politically engaged, and demanding.... [A] text to be contended with."
Journal of Advanced Composition
"This book is about the professional contradictions facing postmodern critics in composition and rhetoric.... It articulates those contradictions and suggests strategies for confronting them."
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Twelve previously unpublished essays relate the teaching of writing to various aspects of postmodern thought, including feminism, neo-Marxist theories, the historiography of Michel Foucault, and cultural criticism. The first ten essays examine modes of discourse ranging from Socratic dialogue to the "false magic" of the National Enquirer, review the present disciplinary impulses of composition studies, and propose new directions for the teaching of writing. The two closing articles synthesize the arguments of the essays and respond critically to the collection as a whole.
Don H. Bialostosky
William A. Covino
Susan C. Jarratt
James J. Sosnoski
Victor J. Vitanza