Paul Butler applauds the emerging interest in the study of
style among scholars of rhetoric and composition, arguing that the
loss of stylistics from composition in recent decades left it alive
only in the popular imagination as a set of grammar conventions.
Butler's goal in Out of Style is to articulate style as a
vital and productive source of invention, and to redefine its
importance for current research, theory, and pedagogy.
Scholars in composition know that the ideas about writing most
common in the discourse of public intellectuals are egregiously
backward. Without a vital approach to stylistics, Butler argues,
writing studies will never dislodge the controlling fantasies of
self-authorized pundits in the nation's intellectual press.
Rhetoric and composition must answer with a public discourse that
is responsive to readers' ongoing interest in style but is also
grounded in composition theory.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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