UPDATE: Rhetoric/Composition: Intersections/Impasses/Differends (4/30/03; e-journal issue)

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E N C U L T U R A T I O N:
A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing and Culture <http://enculturation.gmu.edu>
ISSN: 1525-3120
Call for Papers
Special Issue

Rhetoric/Composition: Intersections/Impasses/Differends

Where's the rhetoric? Was the "rhetorical turn" in composition just a
phase? Did rhetoric serve merely as an historical grounding for
establishing the new discipline of Composition Studies? Are we "over"
rhetoric? We are interested in commentaries, articles, program reviews,
book reviews that explore the current and/or historical relationship(s)
between rhetoric and composition. Hyper- and linear-texts accepted.

The editors of Enculturation seek papers for a special issue on "rhetoric
and composition." The turn toward rhetoric has been credited with the
creation of composition studies as a discipline. Indeed, those on the
rhetoric side of the rhet/comp slash might argue that without rhetoric, most
of the gains composition has made in the past 20 years would have been
impossible. The editors of this special issue are interested in articles
that explore the nature of this relationship represented by the slash. While
in the 80s our journals and conferences discussed rhetorical issues and
their function as composition's disciplinary basis, our focus has shifted,
most often in the direction of cultural studies. What is at stake in this

Papers may address but are not limited to the topics and questions below:

* History of the relationship between rhetoric and composition. What have
been the points of contact and conflict between rhetoric and composition
studies? Between rhetoricians and compositionists? How are these points of
contact and conflict situated vis-a-vis modernist and postmodernist
rhetorics? What role have institutional and departmental missions played in
creating these points of contact and conflict? How has the slash between
rhet/comp come to be and to mean?

* Composition studies as a rhetorical activity. How does this practice of
composition invite power/politics, gender issues, psychoanalytics, subject
formation, economics, religious teachings, and educational paradigms (and
the theories and ideologies that inform them) into the writing classroom?
How do resulting discussions and the papers they elicit change the purpose
and goals of the writing classroom? How might different pedagogies--ranging
from service learning to teaching for social change--affect the
conceptualization and practice of composition as rhetorical activity?

* The future relationship between rhetoric and composition studies. How will
the shift to visual rhetorics and electronic technologies affect this
relationship? What role will further (continued? additional?) linking across
disciplinary boundaries and border crossings play in terms of
>composition as a discipline (as distinct from or allied with cultural
studies, media studies, etc)? Will the slash between rhet/comp persist? Will
one member of the pair disappear? How and why? In what ways might
composition re-connect with rhetoric? What might the possible outcomes be?

IN ADDITION to academic projects/papers, we are interested in reviews of
original web-sites/projects, recently published books, print or e-journals,
and especially hypertext/web-ready submissions that use hypertext for
rhetorical ends.

Text-based submissions should be no longer than 5000 words. Reviews

Submissions will be due by 01 February 2003. Please send submissions to:

        Lisa Coleman -- lcoleman_at_sosu.edu
        Lorien Goodman -- lgoodman_at_pepperdine.edu


        Lorien Goodman
        c/o Enculturation
        Humanities/Teacher Ed Division
        Box 4225
        Pepperdine University
        Malibu, CA 90263

On-line Submission Form (text only):

Lorien J. Goodman
Associate Prof of English/Writing and Rhetoric
Pepperdine University
Malibu CA

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