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The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies surveys the latest advances in rhetorical scholarship, synthesizing theories and practices across major areas of study in the field and pointing the way for future studies. Edited by Andrea A. Lunsford and Associate Editors Kirt H. Wilson and Rosa A. Eberly, the Handbook aims to introduce a new generation of students to rhetorical study and provide a deeply informed and ready resource for scholars currently working in the field.

Rhetoric and (?) Composition
Rhetoric and (?) composition

Despite the current prevalence of the phrase rhetoric and composition in academic discourse to name an academic program, field, or subject, there is a tension among many of those who might be identified as working in the field called “rhetoric and composition” about the appropriateness of that phrase to name what they do. That tension, embedded in the conjoining of rhetoric and composition, provides the frame for our overview of “rhetoric and composition.”1 We will not, in this chapter, attempt to resolve the tensions regarding rhetoric, composition, and the relationship between the two. We reject the possibility of stabilizing either rhetoric or composition, let alone any putative stabilizing of the relationship of either to either. Instead, we review ...

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