m.a. first draft review

I’ve just sent my first draft of the M.A. project off to the concerned faculty members (and to one fellow grad whose input I especially value).  Following the tradition inaugurated in December, the following breakdown of the M.A.:

Title:

  • “Reopening Corbett’s Fist, or, ‘So You Say You Want a Revolution?'” [this will almost certainly change]

Favorite line:

  • “In contrast, the bed-in events posit a form of social protest in which rhetorical performance is a material intervention; that is, the bed-ins work to short-circuit both Corbett’s eventual resort to dialogue and reason and Browne’s separation of rhetorical action from political action.” (p. 39)

Crappy line I hope no one calls me on:

  • “Like Tobin, historians of rhetoric and composition in the 1960s have equated the emergence and proliferation of these new writing pedagogies with the field’s answer to these serious challenges to the norms of institutional power and authority.”  (p. 5)

A line I really mean even though it sounds like butt-kissing:

  • “Moreover, Marback convincingly argues that writing and rhetoric scholarship has yet to fully account for the crises of the 1960s in three main ways.”  (p. 46)

Bring-it-on-home-line(s):

  • “However, by turning our attention to the Lennon-Ono bed-ins, we might begin to understand a rhetoric and a politics that is more clearly free of insinuation in the forms of the corrupt social order of which the Corbett and Browne rhetorics are a part.  The bed-ins mark a new practice of rhetoric not predicted by either the dualistic schemas offered by 1960s scholars nor (as Marback shows) by the ways composition and rhetoric scholarship has understood the legacy of the 1960s.”  (p.48)

Final Stats:

  • 14968 Words
  • 48 pages w/o Works Cited
  • 52 pages w/ Works Cited
  • 94 paragraphs (still not down to 28)
  • 460 sentences
  • 1093 lines
  • 6 sections
  • 79369 characters
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