Rhetoric of the Disciplines

         Gail Stygall                         Office: Padelford A305
         Autumn 1994                          Hours: Wed 2:30-3:30
         Savery 131                                Thurs 4-5
         T-Th 1:30-3:20                         Phone: 685-2384
         stygall.washington.edu                 3294218
         Bakhtin, Speech Genres and Other Late Essays (Texas)
         Bazerman and Paradis, Textual Dynamics of the Professions (Wisconsin)
         Dillon, Contending Rhetorics (Indiana)
         Faigley, Fragments of Rationality (Pittsburgh)
         Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Vintage)
         Shumway, Creating American Civilization: A Genealogy of American Literature
         as an Academic Discipline (Minnesota)
         Readings packet (Bring your checkbook on the 2nd day of class; packet is $10.01;
         make checks payable to Professional Copy)
         THE COURSE:
         While traditional approaches to rhetoric focus broadly on abstractions such as audience,
         purpose, and message, more recently rhetoric has been understood as disciplinary in nature; that
         is, rhetoric constructs, regulates, and reconstructs subjects within specific, localized discourse
         communities. In order to understand the disciplinary context of rhetoric, we will begin with
         Foucault's Discipline and Punish and excerpts from several other works by Foucault, Bakhtin's
         Speech Genres, selections from the work of Jurgen Habermas, and selections from Toulmin's
         Human Understanding Using these theorists for theoretical framing, we will examine recent
         work in disciplinarity of academic and professional rhetorics in the Bazerman and Paradis
         collection and Dillon's Contending Rhetorics. We will close by moving toward the rhetoric of
         English studies, first by reading Fish on rhetoric and Scholes on English departments, then moving
         to two subdisciplines of English, composition and rhetoric in Faigley's Fragments of Rahonality
         and the rhetoric of American literature in Shumway's Creahng American Gvilization.
         Each seminar participant will be responsible for providing a discussion statement for at least one
         reading assignment, a statement to be distributed to the seminar participants in advance. Each
         participant will also provide the seminar with a critical evaluation of a scholarly work in
         disciplinary rhetoric from a supplemental reading list. And, of course, each participant will write
         the usual seminar paper. Participants should leave the seminar with an understanding of
         disciplinary rhetorics, and, more specifically, a perspective on the rhetoric of English studies.
         1. I will expect that you have done the assigned readings for each class session and in order
         to enhance that reading, I am asking that you keep a reading journal, writing after (or during)
         your reading of each assignment. Please bring your journal to class each time as an enhancement
         for discussion, though I will collect the journal only irregularly.
         2. You will complete a critical evaluation of the work of one of the scholars on the reserve
         reading list. These reports will be given both orally (on November 1st and 3rd) and in written
         form as a midterm paper. Each report will describe the work of the scholar in question, explain
         how it fits into "rhetoric of the disciplines" and how the scholar theorizes his or her disciplinary
         perspective. For the in-class report, to be no longer than 10 minutes, you will provide your
         classmates with a one-page summary and a brief, annotated bibliography of the scholar's other
         works. The genre I have in mind for the midterm paper is "review-essay," something beyond a
         mere book review, something more like an assessment of the scholar's larger work, but focused
         on this particular work.
         3. Your final evaluation is the standard seminar paper. The subject matter of this seminar
         paper is your analysis of the rhetoric of a particular discipline, subdiscipline, or even an
         "interdisciplinary" discipline. But this time, I have something a little different in mind. Though
         some of you have probably heard that seminar papers are supposed to be publishable, I want you
         to start with that idea in mind and target a particular journal for your paper. That means when
         you turn the paper in, you will also include a cover letter to the journal you have targeted. I will
         collect and bring to class various reader evaluation forms from various academic journals. In the
         last week of class meetings, I will expect you to secure one peer reading of your draft via the
         expected journal reader evaluation form. That means that each of you also has the obligation of
         doing a serious, thoughtful reading of someone else's draft at the same time you are in the midst
         of redrafting your own paper (welcome to the ongoing work of the academy). This may sound
         quite formidable at this point, but we are not joking when we say that publishing is the most
         certain path to an academic job. Most successful assistant professor applicants, in the current
         market, either have some publications (yes, before they leave graduate school) or a record of
         conference presentations. I hope to make that idea more plausible by walking you through some
         of the less visible elements of the process.
         TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (It may be adjusted; that's why it's tentative)
         Sept 27   Introduction/Housekeeping
         Sept 29   Overview; History and Philosophy of Science perspectives
         Oct 4     Toulmin
         Oct 6     Foucault
         Oct 11    Foucault
         Oct 13    Habermas
         Oct 18    Bakhtin
         Oct 20    Articles by Bazerman, Dillon, Elshtain, Sarat
         Oct 25    Bazerman and Paradis
         Oct 27    Bazerman and Paradis
         Nov 1     Reports
         Nov 3     Reports
         Nov 8     Dillon
         Nov 10    Dillon
         Nov 15    English Studies (JIL); Articles by Brodkey, Fish, Hernaldi, Scholes
         Nov 17    Shumway
         Nov 22    Shumway
         Nov 24    THANKSGIVING
         Nov 29    Faigley 
         Dec 1     Faigley
         Dec 6     Target Journals; Reader Evaluation Forms; Draft Exchange
         Dec 8     NO CLASS 
         Dec 13    SEMINAR PAPERS DUE
         Dec 15    Lunch at the Faculty Club
         Readings Packet Contents
         Habermas, Jurgen. "Introduction: Approaches to the Problem of Rationality."
         In Reason and the RationalizaTIon of Society. Vol. 1. The Theory of
         Communicative Achon. Trans. Thomas McCarthy. Boston: Beacon Press,
         1984. 1-42.
         "Intermediate Reflections: System and Lifeworld." In Lifeworld and
         System: A Critique of Functionalist Reason. Vol. 2. The Theory of
         Communicative Achon. Trans. Thomas McCarthy. Boston: Beacon Press,
         1984. 113-152.
         Toulmin, Stephen. "The Variety of Rational Enterprises." In Human Understanding
         The Collective Use and Evolution of Concepts. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP,
         1972. 357-410.
         Bazerman, Charles. "Codifying the Social Scientific Style: The APA Publication
         Manual as a Behaviorist Rhetoric." In The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences.
         Eds. John S. Nelson, Allan Megill, and Donald N. McCloskey. Madison, WI:
         Wisconsin, 1987. 125-144.
         Brodkey, Linda. "The Value of Theory in the Academic Marketplace: The Reception
         of Structuralist Poetics." In Rhetoric of the Human Sciences. Ed. Herbert W.
         Simons. London: Sage, 1989. 164-182.
         Dillon, George L. "Insider Reading and Linguistic Form: Contextual Knowledge and
         the Reading of Linguistic Discourse." In Language, Text and Context: Essays
         in Stylistics. Ed. Michael Toolan. London: Routledge, 1992. 39-52.
         Elshtain, Jean Bethke. "Feminist Political Rhetoric and Women's Studies." In
         The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences Eds. John S. Nelson, Allan Megill, and Donald
         N. McCloskey. Madison, WI: Wisconsin, 1987. 319-340.
         Fish, Stanley. "Critical Self-Consciousness" and "Rhetoric." In Doing What Comes Naturally:
         Change, Rhetoric, and the Prachce of Theory in Literary and Legal Studies. Durham, NC:
         Duke, 1989. 436-502.
         Hernaldi, Paul. "Literary Interpretation and the Rhetoric of the Human Sciences."
         In The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences. Eds. John S. Nelson, Allan Megill, and Donald N.
         McCloskey. Madison, WI: Wisconsin, 1987. 263-275.
         Sarat, Austin. "Speaking of Death: Narratives of Violence in Capital Trials." In
         The Rhetoric of Law. Eds. Austin Sarat and Thomas R. Kearns. Ann Arbor,
         MI: U Michigan P, 1994. 135-183.
         Scholes, Robert. "The English Apparatus." In Textual Power: Literary Theory and
         the Teaching of English. New Haven: Yale, 1985. 1-17.

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         Bazerman, Charles. Shaping Written Knowledge: The Genre and Activity of the Experimental
         Article in Science. Madison, WI: Wisconsin, 1988.
         Engineering T11.B375 1988
         Billig, Michael. Ideology and Opinions: Studies in Rhetorical Psychology.
         London: Sage, 1991.
         Suzzallo HM251 .B4744 1991
         Thinking and Arguing A Rhetorical Approach to Social Psychology. Cambridge:
         Cambridge UP, 1987.
         Suzzallo HM251 .B47458 1987
         Bourdieu, Pierre, Jean-Claude Passeron, and Monique de Saint Martin. Academic Discourse:
         Linguistic Misunderstanding and Professorial Power. Cambridge: Polity, 1994.
         Suzzallo LB1034 .B5813 1994
         Brodkey, Linda. Academic Writing as Social Prachce. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 1987.
         Suzzallo PN151 .B76 1987
         Doheny-Farina, Stephen. Rhetoric, Innovahon, Technology: Case Studies of
         Technical Communicahon in Technology Transfers. Cambridge, MA: MIT, 1992.
         Engineering T10.5 .D64 1992
         Edmondson, Ricca. Rhetoric in Sociology. London: Macmillan, 1984.
         Suzzallo PN187 .E36 1984
         Geertz, Clifford. Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author. Stanford, CA:
         Stanford, 1988.
         Suzzallo GN307.7 .G44 1988
         Graff, Gerald. Professing Literature: An Instituhonal History. Chicago:
         Chicago, 1987.
         Suzzallo PN99.U5 G7 1987
         Halliday, M.A.K. and J.R. Martin. Wrihng Science: Literacy and Discursive Power.
         Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, 1993.
         Suzzallo T11 .H35 1993
         Harre, Rom, and Grant Gillet. The Discursive Mind. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1994.
         Suzzallo BF201.3 .H37 1994
         Killingsworth, M. Jimmie and Jacqueline S. Palmer. Ecospeak: Rhetoric and
         Environmental Polihcs in America. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois,1992.
         Political Science HC110.E5 K5 1992
         Kirk, Stuart A. The Selling of DSM: The Rhetoric of Science in Psychiatry.
         New York: A. de Gruyter, 1992.
         Social Work WM 141 K59s 1992
         LaTour, Bruno and Steve Woolgar. Laboratory I ~fe: The Social Construchon of
         Scientific Facts. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage, 1979.
         Political Science QH315 .L315
         McCloskey, Donald. If You're So Smart: The Narrahve of Economic Experhse.
         Chicago: Chicago, 1990.
         Suzzallo HB199 .M385 1990
         The Rhetoric of Economics. Madison, WI: Wisconsin, 1985.
         Suzzallo HB71 .M38 1985
         Miller, Susan. Textual Carnivals: The Polihcs of Composition. Carbondale, IL:
         Southern Illinois, 1991.
         Suzzallo PE1405.U6 M55 1991
         Mishler, Elliot G. The Discourse of Medicine: A Dialechcs of Medical
         Interviews. Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1984.
         Health Sciences WB 290 M678d 1984
         Myers, Greg. Wrihng Biology: Texts in the Social Construction of Scienhfic
         Knowledge. Madison, WI: Wisconsin, 1990.
         No UW Library Holding
         Ohmann, Richard M. English in America: A Radical View of the Profession.
         New York: Oxford, 1976.
         Suzzallo PE68.U5 036
         --. Politics of Letters. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan, 1987.
         Suzzallo PS228.P6 036 1987
         Russell, David A. Writing in the Acadernic Disciplines, 1970-1990: A
         Curricular History. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois, 1991.
         Suzzallo PE1405.U6 R8 1991
         Shapiro, Michael J. The Polihcs of Representahon: Writing Prachces
         in Biography, Photography, and Policy Analysis. Madison, WI:
         Wisconsin, 1988.
         Political Science P95.8 .S54 1988
         White, Hayden V. The Content of the Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical
         Representation. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins, 1987.
         Suzzallo D13 .W564 1987

         Tropics of Discourse: Essays in Cultural Criticism. Baltimore, MD:
         Johns Hopkins, 1978.
         Suzzallo D13 .W566 (2 copies; also Philosophy)
         White, James Boyd. Justice as Translation: An Essay in Cultural and Legal
         Criticism. Chicago: Chicago, 1990.
         Political Science K213 .W49 1990 (Suzzallo copy missing)
         COLLECTIONS (Not on Reserve)
         Anderson, Paul V., R. John Brockmann, and Carolyn Miller, eds. New Essays in Scientific and
         Technical Communication. Farmington, NY: Baywood, 1983.
         Engineering & Natural Sciences T11 .N46 1983
         Brown, Richard Harvey, ed. Writing the Social Text: Poehcs and Polihcs in Social Science
         Discourse. New York: A. de Gruyter, 1992.
         Suzzallo H61 .W68 1992
         Hernaldi, Paul, ed. The Rhetoric of Interpretation and the Interpretation of Rhetoric
         Durham, NC: Duke, 1989
         Suzzallo PN81 .R45 1989 (Missing)
         Hunter, Albert, ed. The Rhetoric of Social Research: Understood and Believed.
         New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers, 1990.
         Suzzallo HM24 .R483 1990
         Joliffe, David, ed. Wrihng in Academic Discplines. Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1988.
         Suzzallo PE1404 .W724 1988
         Nelson, John S., Allan Megill, and Donald N. McCloskey, eds. The Rhetoric of the
         Human Sciences: Language and Argument in Scholarship and Public Affairs.
         Madison: Wisconsin, 1987.
         Suzzallo P301 .R465 1987
         Odell, Lee and Dixie Goswami. Writing in Nonacademic Settings. New York: Guilford, 1985.
         Business PE1404 .W726 1985
         Roberts, R.H., and J.M.M. Good, eds. The Recovery of Rhetoric: Persuasive Discourse and
         Disciplinarity in the Human Sciences. Charlottesville, VA: Virginia, 1993.
         Odegaard P301 .R347 1993
         Schuster, John A. and Richard R. Yeo, eds. The Politics and Rhetoric of Scienhfic
         Method. Dordrecht: Reidel/Kluwer, 1986.
         Suzzallo Q175.3 .P65 1986
         Selzer, Jack, ed. Understanding Scienhfic Prose. Madison: Wisconsin, 1993.
         Engineering QH371.G6843 U53 1993