I have my students read sections of the Tao Teh Ching and Art of War in my composition courses at Bowie State University. I consider it an introduction to two of the core classical texts that come from one of the oldest civilizations in the world that also happens to be…Reflections on … Continue reading Reflections on Teaching Comp at the HBCU
How we came to represent (through inky marks) the vagaries of the mind, inflections of the voice, and intensity of feelingBy Florence HazratRead at AeonA history of punctuation
Speaking about Aristotle might be necessary because of the overwhelming impact he has had on so many academic fields, I will give you that. But I find it hard to rationalize speaking about Cicero or St. Augustine to a Bangladeshi audience. And if such ancient figures are bad enough - they at least have the comparative benefit of being on the written record as opposed to contemporaries in other parts of the word - talking about 20th century figures of rhetorical education as Kenneth Burke s simply inexcusable because they operate in a Western liberal, democratic principle that are not organic to the societies of the Global South. Furthermore, there are extant rhetorical figures and examples readily available for 20th century postcolonial contexts.