1st Edition

Rhetorics, Literacies, and Narratives of Sustainability

Edited By Peter N. Goggin Copyright 2009
    252 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this volume, rhetoricians, literacy scholars, and humanists have come together to examine the complex discursive constructions of sustainability. Touching on topics including conservation efforts in specific locales; social and political constructions of rhetorical place and space; community literacy; historical and archival analysis of institutional politics, policies, and practices concerning the environment and economic growth and development; town planning and zoning issues; and rhetorics of environmental remediation and sustainability, this collection of essays provides rhetoricians and environmentalists a window into the complex and often contradictory arena of discourse on sustainability.

    I. Rhetorical Space, Sustainable Literacies  1. Introduction, Peter Goggin 2. Sustaining Kairotic Rhetorics of Sustainability: Keeping the Green Going through Causistry and Sophistry, Steven Accardi  3. Alone on the Ark: Al Gore Reconstructed in An Inconvenient Truth, Jeff Bergin  4. Acquiring Biospheric Literacy: Discursive Tools, Situated Learning & the Rhetoric of Use, Anne Faith Mareck  5. Creating a Rhetorical Space for Sustainability: The Great Smoky Mountains Association, Elizabeth Giddens  6. Toward Sustainable Literacies: From Representational to Recreational Rhetorics, David M. Grant  7. The Question of Sustainability in Community Literacy Studies, Elenore Long  II. Policies and Politics of Place  8. Rhetorical Regulations, Dennis Paul Tobin  9. Fixing Locke: Civil Liberties on a Finite Planet, Eric Zencey  10. The Vision or the View: Cape Wind and the Rhetoric of Sustainable Energy, Kimberly Moekle  11. The Nine Mile Canyon Coalition: Rhetorical Landscapes, Responsible Public Land Use, Lynda McNeil  12. Writing in the Third Space From the Sun: A Pedantic Analysis of Discussion Papers Written for the 7th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (April 16-27, 2007), Hannah Scialdonne-Kimberley and David Metzger  III. Sustainable Identities  13. From Oral Tradition to Legal Documents: Words to Protect the Headwaters of the San Antonio River, Sally E. Said  14. Organic Intellectuals: The Roots of Counter Cuisine and the Growth of Industrial Organics, Ryan J. Carey 14. Don’t Think of the Environment: Ecological Denial and the Cultural Mythology of Survival Stories, Doug Christensen  15. Natural Law and Positive Law Discourse: The Cyclic Relationship Created by Social Movement, Jill M. Fraley


    Peter N. Goggin is associate professor of English at Arizona State University and is author of Professing Literacy in Composition Studies.

    "The freshness of the outlook offered by the contributors is matched by the range of their methods and topics and the inventiveness of their observations and conclusions." -- M. Jimmie Killingsworth, Rhetoric Review

    "Collectively, the essays offer a clearer definition of the potentialities and problems associated with the nebulous term sustainability by offering humanities scholars places to hang their hats, so to speak, within interdisciplinary spaces addressing the topic of sustainability." -- Lynée Lewis Gaillet, College Composition and Communication