James Berlin

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James Berlin(1942 – 1994) was a scholar of composition studies whose work was often concerned with rhetorical topics. He worked as a professor of English at Wichita State University, as well as at Purdue University. In his article "John Dewey and Peter Elbow: A Pragmatist Revision of Social Theory and Practice," Donald Jones credits him as one of the founders for Expressivism as a respected composition theory. [1]



Rhetorics, Poetics, and Cultures: Refiguring College English Studies. Urbana, Illinois: NCTE, 1996.

Rhetoric and Reality: Writing Instruction in American Colleges. 1900-1985. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1987.

Writing Instruction in Nineteenth-Century American Colleges. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1984.

Major Articles and Chapters

"Cultural Studies." Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition. Ed. Theresa Enos. NY: Garland, 1996. 154-56.

"Poststructuralism, Cultural Studies, and the Composition Classroom." Rhetoric Review 11 (Fall 1992): 16-33. Rpt. Professing the New Rhetoric. Ed. Theresa Enos and Stuart C. Brown. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1994. 461-480.

"Revisionary Histories of Rhetoric: Politics, Power, and Plurality." Writing Histories of Rhetoric, ed. Victor J. Vitanza. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1994. 112-127.

"Composition Studies and Cultural Studies: Collapsing Boundaries." Into the Field: Sites of Composition Studies. Ed. Anne Ruggles Gere. NY: MLA,1993. 99-116.

"Composition and Cultural Studies." Composition and Resistance. Eds. Hurlbert, C. Mark and Michael Blitz. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 1991.

"Postmodernism, Politics, and Histories of Rhetorics." PRE/TEXT 11.3-4 (1990): 169-187.

"Rhetoric and Ideology in the Writing Class." College English 50 (1988): 477-494.

Berlin, James A., et al. Octalog. "The Politics of Historiography." Rhetoric Review 7 (1988): 5-49.

"Revisionary History: The Dialectical Method." PRE/TEXT 8.1-2 (1987): 47-61.

"Rhetoric and Poetics in the English Department: Our Nineteenth-Century Inheritance." College English 47 (1985): 531-533.

"Contemporary Composition: The Major Pedagogical Theories." College English 44 (1982): 765-777.

Berlin, James A., and Robert P. Inkster. "Current-Traditional Rhetoric: Paradigm and Practice." Freshman English News 8. 3 (Winter 1980): 1-4, 13-14.

"Richard Whately and Current-Traditional Rhetoric." College English 42 (September 1980): 10-17. [2]

See Also

Robert L. Scott

Scott, Robert L. "On Viewing Rhetoric as Epistemic"


  1. http://wikicomp.wetpaint.com/page/Expressivism
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_A._Berlin
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