Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Jeffrey A. Jablonski
Number of Pages
The growth of composition has led to competing rhetorical and pedagogical theories within the discipline. Pragmatic philosophy supplies a conceptual basis for beginning to reconcile seemingly disparate composition theories. I begin this thesis by surveying pragmatism and identifying key traits that characterize new and hopeful developments in the philosophy. Next, I review composition pedagogics, notably expressivism and cultural studies, as I begin to question their division. I then consider current work in composition theory to justify a pragmatic mediation of binary thought among competing theories, bridging the personal and the social in thought and action. I analyze The New Humanities Reader as an example of a pragmatic approach to composition coursework, and I note the classroom reading anthology's strengths and limitations. Finally, I explore the implications of a pragmatic turn in composition as a means of beginning to bridge the theoretical divides that threaten the discipline.
Bridging; Composition; Divides; Philosophy; Pragmatic; Theory
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Leake, Eric Wallace, "Bridging divides: New pragmatic philosophy and composition theory" (2007). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2124.