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An End to the Curious Social Construction of "Expressivism" and the Pragmatist Tradition of Peter Elbow [microform] / Donald C. Jones
Bib ID 5618654
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Jones, Donald C
 
Description [Washington D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1997 
16 p. 
Summary

Labeling Peter Elbow an "expressivist" is an ironic reduction of his multifaceted thought to a one-dimensional term at a time when postmodernism stresses heteroglossia. This paper outlines the recent history of "expressivism" to demonstrate its curious social construction. The paper then calls for an "end of expressivism," and this end refers not to the elimination of Elbow's writing process theories but to the rejection of this "divisive and misleading term." To replace this reductive label, the paper offers the alternative classification of Elbow as a pragmatist. Yet, this reorientation of Elbow from an "expressivist" to a pragmatist is offered in the paper with the awareness that the one true categorization is not being presented, only, hopefully, a more useful categorization--one that provides contemporary composition more room in which to grow. Includes 7 notes; contains 26 references. (NKA)

Notes

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (48th, Phoenix, AZ, March 11-14, 1997).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Classification.  |  Free Writing.  |  Higher Education.  |  Language Role.  |  Theory Practice Relationship.  |  Writing Instruction.  |  Writing Processes.  |  Elbow (Peter) Pragmatism  |  Composition Theory Expressive Writing Historical Background
Form/genre Opinion Papers.  |  Reports, Evaluative.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
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