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Rhetorics, Literacies, and Narratives of Sustainability

Edited By

Peter N. Goggin

ISBN 9781138809185
Published July 3, 2014 by Routledge
252 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

List of Figures



Peter Goggin

1 Rhetorical Techne, Local Knowledge, and Challenges in Contemporary Activism

Elenore Long

2 Writing in the Third Space from the Sun: A Pentadic Analysis of Discussion Papers Written for the 7th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (April 16-27, 2007)

Hannah Scialdone-Kimberley and David Metzger

3 Creating a Rhetorical Space for Biodiversity: The Great Smokey Mountains Association

Elizabeth Giddens

4 The Vision or the View: Cape Wind and the Rhetoric of Sustainable Energy

Kimberly Moekle

5 The Nine Mile Canyon Coalition: Rhetorical Landscapes, Responsible Public Land Use

Lynda McNeil

6 From Oral Tradition to Legal Documents: Words to Protect the Headwaters of the San Antonio River

Sally E. Said

7 Acquiring Biospheric Literacy: Discursive Tools, Situated Learning and the Rhetoric of Use

Anne Faith Mareck

8 Alone on the Ark: Al Gore Reconstructed in An Inconvenient Truth

Jeff Bergin

9 Adventure Narratives and the Ethos of Survival

Doug Christensen

10 Fixing Locke: Civil Liberties on a Finite Planet

Eric Zencey

11 Toward Sustainable Literacies: From Representational to Recreational Rhetorics

David M. Grant



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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