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ENG 420 3.1: Lanham

Today’s Plan Attendance Summer Research Applications Review Last Class Articles Lanham’s Strong Defense Discussion Post

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Rhetorical Theory 16.1 / Rhetoric and Ethics: When the Desire for Unity Meets an Insistence Upon Alterity

Yesterday, as I was imagining what I would say to close this class, kairos happened. Originally, I thought I might return to our opening class and attempt to redefine rhetoric. But then Brittney Cooper’s ““It’s the Blackness that scares everybody”: … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Theory 10.1 / What is Postmodernism?

Today I want to do a few things. First, I will ask you to write in Canvas for a few minutes. I want to get a sense of what you do/not know regarding Postmodernism. Second, I want to take a … Continue reading

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Listening, Passivity, and/as Ethics

This morning a tweet caught my attention: Loved hearing Albers and Harste speak about reclaiming writing #ncte14 #reclaimthejoy #literacies pic.twitter.com/ifqU0mEdTY — Jon Wargo (@wargojon) November 22, 2014 I haven’t read Albers and Harste before, so I’ll have to track down … Continue reading

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Burke, Sophistry, and Ecological Rhetoric

I wrote this in response to a graduate students’ project on Kenneth Burke. I didn’t want to lose it, so I’ll stick it here: Burke shares quite a bit with the Sophists because they both believe that rhetoric is metaphysical, … Continue reading

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Latour, Gorgias, and Levinas Take 15

This article keeps beating me up–every time I think I know what I am doing, it runs away. I believe I am finally whipping it in to shape, but I want to make sure the following paragraphs make sense to … Continue reading

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Institutional Responsibility

The other day a colleague and I were discussing what to teach in this post-postmodern age, generally agreeing that rehashing the theory-science wars was counterproductive, and that teaching deconstructive critique (as a purely epistemological exercise) was out of steam. See … Continue reading

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Assessment from a Poetic Perspective

My wife today sent me a link to Heather K. Phillips MFA thesis project. Heather is a recent graduate of RISD; her project speaks to the legitimation of critique and the ubiquity of assessment at all levels of education. Here’s … Continue reading

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Foucault for Thursday

Most of my leisurely writing lately has been dedicated to baseball, but I spent some time this morning preparing the following for a undergraduate student reading Foucault for the first time. Her project this semester has been dedicated to queer … Continue reading

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Facing Myself

Casey posted a response to my post yesterday to Facebook. I ripped out a rather long reply, but Facebook is having difficulties. So (sorry Casey), I’ll just move the conversation here. Casey responded to yesterday’s post with: Santos: I’ve been … Continue reading

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