A lot has changed in the last 25 years.Â Â In 1976, Richard Ohmann reviewed 14 textbooks typical of those used for teaching freshman composition (as referenced in Lester Faigleyâ€™sÂ Fragments of Rationality: Postmodernity and the Subject of Composition).Â Â Â Ohmann found these textbooks instructed students exclusively on writing skills and techniques to the exclusion of any analysis of culture.Â Â He […]
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The theatre is the obvious placeâ€¦for [Bakhtin] to have made a stronger contribution, or at least a logical place to go to further discriminate his own set of categories, and he didnâ€™t do itâ€¦It is a mystery.Â Â I donâ€™t understand itâ€¦This is a topic that needs a lot of work; I hesitate to even talk about […]
Reading CultureÂ by Diana George and John Trimbur is not a how-to text on writing but rather a how-to text on thinking critically of American culture.Â Â As a visually stimulating reader reflecting everyday encounters through articles and illustrations,Â Reading CultureÂ succeeds in capturing its audienceâ€™s attention.Â Â George and Trimburâ€™s idea is â€œto treat contemporary American culture as a vast research […]
Anthropology and the tools of thought Science and culture possess a synergistic relationship.Â Â While the concerns of the larger society are addressed through a scientific methodology, science itself makes innovations and discoveries that profoundly alter the larger society that spawns it.Â Â The creation of knowledge exists as complex phenomena, simultaneously social and scientific.Â Â Darwin might have profoundly altered […]
It is difficult for a textbook/reader entitledÂ A World of IdeasÂ to do justice to its title and live up to its implications.Â Â How many volumes, one may wonder, would such a reader need to consist to cover a “world of ideas”?Â Â It is significant that Lee A. Jacobus did not entitle this bookÂ TheÂ World of Ideas and thus, implicitly, […]
Incandescent light is more than a light bulb. It requires complex systems of related technologiesâ€”switches, circuit breakers, meters, and power lines; transformers, power stations, and generators.Â Â It also requires multiple systems of human cooperation, action and meaning–power companies, government regulators, consumers, manufacturers of equipment, bill collectors, accountants, rate payers, electric sign designers and people reading by […]
I would like to share with my fellow writing instructors a game I created for my first semester of teaching RWS 100. The game was inspired by the recent game show craze on television and is a mix of â€œJeopardy,â€ the Win Ben Steinâ€™s Money show on Comedy Central, and â€œFamily Feud.â€ Its purpose is […]