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Rhetoric and Composition Notes

Rhetoric and Composition is a must read for those who seek an introduction into the field. Janice M. Lauer breaks down the dichotomy of the various forms of writing. What I found interesting was the many different ways to write and how to study writing. The conception of writing is portrayed as mediating complex dynamics, which makes sense when we see how there are different studies for writing alone.

By that I mean that writing in itself is not one field of study, but rather it is divided and implemented into various distinct fields of study. English Writing studies is one writing program, but Literature is another, as well as rhetoric & composition, communication and literacy, media literacy, journalism, and professional writing.

An interesting part of the text was the list of shared features within the writing field by Louise Wetherbee Phelps. I think this part of the text puts the important parts of Rhetoric and Composition into perspective. It helps to give readers a better understanding of the emerging discipline that is Rhetoric and Composition.


This is my first blog post for my Writing & Theory Practice class. I am introducing myself for the purpose of starting dialogue in the class. This is my second semester in my English Writing Studies Masters Program and I will be taking another three classes this semester. My pronouns are he/him/his and I am 23 years old. I am a black man, 2nd generation Jamaican-American black man, and I was born on the very second day of the 21st century. My interests are in creative fiction writing, music appreciation, walking in warm and cool weather, reading outside in good and cool yet warm weather, learning how to draw, writing my thoughts down, organizing my personal spaces, and learning to better myself as a person.

For this semester I want to engage more with others, as last semester I was more withdrawn and kept to myself more than I wanted to. Also, because covid-19 is still a problem I intend to take newer and safer precautions when going to classes.