Rhetorics, Poetics, and Cultures: Refiguring College English Studies

Rhetorics Poetics and Cultures Refiguring College English Studies Rhetorics Poetics and Cultures is James Berlin s most comprehensive effort to refigure the field of English Studies Here in his last book Berlin both historically situates and recovers for today t

  • Title: Rhetorics, Poetics, and Cultures: Refiguring College English Studies
  • Author: James A. Berlin
  • ISBN: 9780972477284
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rhetorics, Poetics, and Cultures is James Berlin s most comprehensive effort to refigure the field of English Studies Here, in his last book, Berlin both historically situates and recovers for today the tools and insights of rhetoric displaced and marginalized, he argues, by the allegedly disinterested study of aesthetic texts in the college English department Berlin seeRhetorics, Poetics, and Cultures is James Berlin s most comprehensive effort to refigure the field of English Studies Here, in his last book, Berlin both historically situates and recovers for today the tools and insights of rhetoric displaced and marginalized, he argues, by the allegedly disinterested study of aesthetic texts in the college English department Berlin sees rhetoric as offering a unique perspective on the current disciplinary crisis, complementing the challenging perspectives offered by postmodern literary theory and cultural studies Taking into account the political and intellectual issues at stake and the relation of these issues to economic and social transformations, Berlin argues for a pedagogy that makes the English studies classroom the center of disciplinary activities, the point at which theory, practice, and democratic politics intersect This new educational approach, organized around text interpretation and production not one or the other exclusively, as before prepares students for work, democratic politics, and consumer culture today by providing a revised conception of both reading and writing as acts of textual interpretation it also gives students tools to critique the socially constructed, politically charged reality of classroom, college, and culture This new edition of Rhetorics, Poetics, and Cultures includes JAC response essays by Linda Brodkey, Patricia Harkin, Susan Miller, John Trimbur, and Victor J Vitanza, as well as an afterword by Janice M Lauer These essays situate Berlin s work in personal, pedagogical, and political contexts that highlight the continuing importance of his work for understanding contemporary disciplinary practice.

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    1. In the first half of Rhetorics, Poetics, and Cultures (2003), James Berlin overviews the history of English studies in the United States since the nineteenth century, in order to historicize the current state of English studies and advance his conception of the discipline: a pedagogical field “instruct[ing:] students in signifying practices broadly conceived” that asks students to interrogate production and reception of a variety of texts, including their own, as ideological and not disinter [...]

    2. Berlin makes good commentary on the fact that rhet comp and lit faculty need to get together and hug it out, BUTBerlin seems to be obsessed with the idea that English studies' purpose is to make people a good democratic citizen. And why?To take your position and roll with it, it's as if Berlin is stating that the only purpose of English studies is to make people critical thinkers. Well, in that case we might as well abolish English studies altogether. Obviously, journalism classes, religious stu [...]

    3. Berlin's last book is one of the clearest articulations of how rhetorical and literary theory function together within a cultural studies lens to help students become more aware of the production and reception of all kinds of texts, along with the conflicting ideologies these often entail. In fact, much of the book may seem self-evident to younger scholars of rhetoric and composition, because so much of this pedagogy has become naturalized in our field. My only critique is one I usually have of [...]

    4. Berlin's project--reconciling composition (production) with literary studies (interpretation) through way of cultural studies--may seem a little dated to the 90s, which its heady enthrallment with cross-disciplinary cultural studies and post-modernity everywhere as specter and savior. But there's a lot that's quite wonderful here:1-references--Berlin gives due diligence to hosts and hosts of authors and their essays and books2-some connection to creative writing in the form of his noting the abs [...]

    5. James A. Berlin has always impressed me. His work is very approachable, yet fantasically academic. In Rhetorics, Poetics, and Cultures Berlin looks at the the college English classroom. As the subtitle suggests, he discusses "refiguring" it. From his historical approach to English Studies in the American Academy over the last 100 or so years, to his use of solidly based theory to propell his own ideas about what place Rhetoric has in the college English classroom, this book is worth the read. Be [...]

    6. Berlin's book is very informative--- a very useful text for understanding and considering the various influences present in the texts/theories/teaching approaches/discourses/etc. that are a part of our education. Berlin's call for not only an increased awareness but an increased critique and questioning of these various underpinnings and how they contribute to our very formation as individuals is an important step forward for instruction in the humanities as well as other discipines. That said, [...]

    7. Blerg. I understand that scholarly lit is going to be a bit more challenging and sometimes, not as enjoyable. However, I read the whole book, but have no idea what I read. Not fun.

    8. I probably need to reread this book in about a year or two. But for the time being, it has informed what I am trying to do as a teacher like no other book ever has.

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