Award-winning essays in the field of rhetoric and composition.
Documenting an era of dramatic change and growth in the sophistication of scholarship in rhetoric and composition studies, this book includes essays which find in contemporary theory the language to ask new questions, to reframe existing problems, and to move beyond current impasses in thought and action. The different perspectives offer a stand against current backlash theory, as seen in the reassertion of expressivism and creative writing as the antidote to the difficulties wrought by too much theorizing. All the essays included are winners of the James L. Kinneavy Award and celebrate the award's tenth anniversary as well as its founder, one of the discipline's most learned and beloved scholars.
Contributors include David Bleich, Richard M. Coe, William A. Covino, Reed Way Dasenbrock, Sidney I. Dobrin, Lester Faigley, Pamela K. Gilbert, Susan C. Jarratt, Bruce McComiskey, Michael Murphy, Richard E. Miller, Jasper Neel, Gary A. Olson, Joseph Petraglia, George L. Pullman, Joy S. Ritchie, Phillip Sipiora, David W. Smit, Patricia A. Sullivan, John Trimbur, Nancy Welch, and Lynn Worsham.
At the University of South Florida, Lynn Worsham and Gary A. Olson are Professors of English. Sidney I. Dobrin is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Florida. Most recently, Olson and Worsham are coeditors of Race, Rhetoric, and the Postcolonial, and Dobrin is author of Constructing Knowledges: The Politics of Theory-Building and Pedagogy in Composition, both published by SUNY Press.
"Theory in rhetoric and composition has flourished over the past thirty years and especially in the past decade, as evidenced by the richness of the chapters in this book, aptly titled The Kinneavy Papers. Kinneavy's intellectual energy and commitment to the civic and ethical concerns of rhetoric remain a guiding beacon to the field. The essays in this book are a testament to his legacy." — from the Foreword by Lester Faigley
"The essays in The Kinneavy Papers represent the kind of vigorous, seminal thinking and writing that so characterized James Kinneavy's life. The heart and soul of Kinneavy's professional life was the active promotion of theoretical and applied scholarship. The legacy of James L. Kinneavy will live on in the essays of this book." — from the Afterword by Phillip Sipiora