4060/6060 Resources

In Aristotle’s Greek the verb theorein means to “observe from afar”; it refers to someone sitting in the topmost row of the theater. A theorist is the spectator who is the most distant from the scene being enacted on stage and whose body is thus in one sense the least involved in the production but who nonetheless affects and is affected by it. The implication is that while theory lacks the immediacy of practice, its distance from events permits a wider-ranging view. —Sharon Crowley


Bunn’s “How to Read Like a Writer” (for Fall 4060 students only)


College Composition Weekly summaries of recent scholarship:


Article about the Challenges of Teaching Theory:


Brief History of Rhetoric and Composition:


“Dancing with Don: Or, ‘Waltzing with Expressivism'”



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