Thursday, March 25, 2010

Topic: Ugly Writing

10-second review: “Contestation”; “Agonism.”

Title: “2009 CCCC Chair’s Address: The Wonder of Writing.” Charles Baserman. College Composition and Communication (February 2010), 571-580.

Context: “I have pressed this question of cooperation and agonism in part to contest (within this forum of disciplinary discussion) some common assumptions about rhetoric and suggest that cooperation is at the heart of rhetorical contestation.” p. 524.

Comment: And this guy is the editor of a journal devoted to the teaching of writing? For shame. I admit that I did not recognize the word “agonism” and had to look it up on the Internet. The Merriam dictionary said, “The word you’ve entered is not in the dictionary.” RayS.

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