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A Pragmatic Construction of the Self in English Composition Theory

By (author) Joseph Zeppetello
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Nov 1999
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773479937
ISBN-13: 9780773479937
Barcode No: 9780773479937
For composition instructors caught between traditional theories that emphasize writing skills and newer theories that require entering a political arena on behalf of certain neglected groups of students, Zeppetello (English, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York) adapts the thought of Richard Rorty into a pragmatic alternative for the classroom. He considers the essentialist self, which is out there waiting to be discovered and understood; the linguistic self, which is contingent and entirely created by language; and the pragmatic self, both classical and modern, which is contingent on language, which is also in turn contingent.

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