Reuniting word and deed : negotiation for real peacemaking and authentic classroom writing

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Marsha Holmes (Creator)
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Hephzibah Roskelly

Abstract: The issue at stake in this dissertation is the relationship between word and deed. The problem it addresses is the way in which categories of discourse undermine that relationship. It argues that discourse taxonomies divide word from deed because they categorize persuasion and deliberation as characteristics of some uses of language but not others. This splitting of word and deed Informs and 1s informed by other divisions—between writer and reader, meaning and consequence, form and content, text and context. As a result, it silences the second part of each of these hierarchies—reader, consequence, content, and context. These divisions, this dissertation illustrates, represent an inaccurate and destructive theory and practice of language. The first chapter discusses differences in a theory of rhetoric as all language use and of rhetoric as one use of language. It argues in favor of Kenneth Burke's dialogical philosophy of language as symbolic action and against dlchotomous theories of rhetoric as a singular category of discourse. The second chapter analyzes the contemporary theory of one category in particular—epideictic—as evidence of the erroneous and debilitating effects of the dichotomy of deliberative/epideictic created by discursive categories.

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Language: English
Date: 1995
Discourse analysis $x Moral and ethical aspects
Authenticity (Philosophy)
Written communication $x Psychological aspects

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