The theory of contrastive rhetoric was first put forth by Robert Kaplan in the mid 1960s to explain the differences in writing and discourse between students who were native speakers of English and their international counterparts. Over the past three decades, contrastive rhetoric theory has been used primarily by linguists in language centers and involved in ESL teaching. As the number of international students in American universities has continued to grow, contrastive rhetoric has become increasingly relevant to all disciplines, and to rhetoric and composition in particular.
This volume breaks important new ground in its examination of contrastive rhetoric in the exclusive context of composition. The editor has assembled contributors with varying areas of specialty to demonstrate how the traditional definition of contrastive rhetoric theory can be applied to composition in new and innovative ways and how it can be redefined through the lens of addressing "difference" issues in writing. Thus, the volume as a whole clarifies how the basic principles of contrastive rhetoric theory can help composition instructors to understand writing and rhetorical decisions.
With the inclusion of current research on multicultural issues, this collection is appropriate for all instructors in ESL writing, including teachers in rhetoric, composition, and linguistics. It can also be used as an advanced text for students in these areas. Wherever it is employed, it is certain to offer significant new insights into the application of contrastive rhetoric within the composition discipline.
"This slim volume offers ESL teachers a chance to enrich their pedagogy both through new strategies and through a deeper understanding of their learners."
"Panetta's book breaks new ground and enlarges the scope of contrastive rhetoric….One of the impressive features of this volume is its organization of well-selected articles. It is an accomplishment to revisit and redefine contrastive rhetoric so well in a slim volume….has made a significant contribution to the field of contrastive rhetoric, and it is timely and up to date. It is a valuable resource for anyone who is engaged in writing research and instruction."
—The Modern Language Journal
Contents: R.B. Kaplan, Foreword. C.G. Panetta, Preface. Part I:Contrastive Rhetoric Revisited. C.G. Panetta, Understanding Cultural Differences in the Rhetoric and Composition Classroom: Contrastive Rhetoric as Answers to ESL Dilemmas. A. Bliss, Rhetorical Structures for Multilingual and Multicultural Students. J. Corbett, Contrastive Rhetoric and Resistance to Writing. K.R. Woolever, Doing Global Business in the Information Age: Rhetorical Contrasts in the Business and Technical Professions. D. Scoggins, Contrastive Rhetoric Theory in an Electronic Medium: Teaching ESL Writers to Become Bricoleurs in a Computer-Assisted Classroom. Part II: U. Connor, Contrastive Rhetoric Redefined. L.R. Micciche, Contrastive Rhetoric and the Possibility of Feminism. J.R. Comfort, African-American Women's Rhetorics and the Culture of Eurocentric Scholarly Discourse. M. McBeth, The Queen's English: A Queery Into Contrastive Rhetoric. F. Reynolds, Afterword.