112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Composition and Rhetoric I

Session Chair: 
Dawn Formo, California State University, San Marcos
Session 5: Saturday 8:45-10:15am
RCC Meeting Room 4


  1. Pamela Portenstein, California State University, San Bernardino
    This paper discusses the conflict between modern and post-modern conceptions of agency in the composition classroom. In order to move beyond this subject-context binary, new knowledge is needed. Bohm argues that imagination and insight can break  down presuppositions so new knowledge can emerge. I apply Bohm's concept  to the composition classroom to show how human agency is an emergent feature of particular situations.
  2. Rachel Buck, University of Arizona
    Women have long been seen as educators in the home. In this presentation, I explore the idea of "republican motherhood" and how women used this as a rhetorical strategy to negotiate the tension between the private and public sphere.  I look at the literate practices of Tucson Woman's Club, an organization founded in 1900, as a specific example of women understanding their own collective agency to engage in civic action.
  3. Gregg Fields, Arizona State University
    To catalyze deeper thought regarding Mary Louise Pratt's contact zone in light of developing translingual concepts, I analyze the language associated with Pratt's contact zone, juxtaposing the temporal "safe house" with a permanent safe haven to reveal a need for greater linguistic play through what I call a translingual liminality.
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