Rhetoric, Cultural Studies, and Literacy: Selected Papers from the 1994 Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America

Rhetoric, Cultural Studies, and Literacy: Selected Papers from the 1994 Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America

Rhetoric, Cultural Studies, and Literacy: Selected Papers from the 1994 Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America

Rhetoric, Cultural Studies, and Literacy: Selected Papers from the 1994 Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America

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This volume presents a representative cross-section of the more than 200 papers presented at the 1994 conference of the Rhetoric Society of America. The contributors reflect multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives -- English, speech communication, philosophy, rhetoric, composition studies, comparative literature, and film and media studies. Exploring the historical relationships and changing relationships between rhetoric, cultural studies, and literacy in the United States, this text seeks answers to such questions as what constitutes "literacy" in a post-modern, high-tech, multi-cultural society?

Excerpt

The Rhetoric Society of America, organized in 1968 for the advancement of the study of rhetoric, convened its sixth biennial conference May 19-21, 1994, at the Waterside Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Norfolk, Virginia. the conference was co-hosted by Old Dominion University and the City of Norfolk, and organized around the theme "Rhetoric, Cultural Studies, and Literacy." Approximately 260 national and international teacher-scholars from the disciplines of English, speech communication, philosophy, film and media studies, composition studies, rhetoric, comparative literature, and humanities attended.

The conference was chaired by rsa President Kathleen E. Welch, Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, who organized a diverse and stimulating 3-day program of 71 panels featuring 220 speakers, with the assistance of the 1994 rsa Program Committee: S. Michael Halloran of the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Kay Halasek of the Department of English at the Ohio State University; Jody Enders of the Departments of French and Italian at the University of California at Berkeley; conference assistants J. Blake Scott and Melody Bowdon, then of the Department of English at the University of Oklahoma; and local arrangements coordinator Fred Reynolds, then of Old Dominion University, who was assisted throughout the conference by Susan T. Desilets, Clayann Gilliam Panetta, and Michael Dunn.

The 1994 conference keynote addresses were delivered by Donovan J. Ochs and Sharon Crowley, both of the Department of Rhetoric at the University of Iowa. the Charles Kneupper Memorial Address for 1994 was delivered by . . .

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