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College English, Vol. 62, No. 1, September 1999

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  • Habit as Memory Incarnate

    Marlon Joan Francoz

    Abstract: Discusses the controversy of mistrusting memory. Considers how the body gives form to memorial categories whose manifestation emerges in the metaphors of everyday use. Shows that the conception of memory model bears no relationship to a faculty that the brain sciences now conceive as a dynamic maker of meaning defined by temporality and transformation rather than fixed spatial location.

    Keywords: College

  • Frances Wright: First Female Civic Rhetor in America

    Robert J. Connors

    Abstract: Describes the successful public lectures of Frances Wright, and looks more closely at her career as a rhetorician trying to determine why she remains less known today than any other major female figure of the 19th century. Concludes that Wright was remembered with derision by her enemies and with regret by those who would have been her friends.

    Keywords: College

  • Textual Trouble in River City: Literacy, Rhetoric, and Consumerism in The Music Man

    Harriet Malinowitz

    Abstract: Offers a reading of "The Music Man" that traces the ways its charm and humor are undergirded by a parodic stance toward American values as rooted in turn-of-the-century discourses of literacy, education, morality, and in the simultaneously burgeoning national obsessing with buying and selling. Considers sexual and textual anxieties in the Progressive Era, "the repressed/repressive librarian," and consumerist rhetoric.

    Keywords: College

  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" in Context: Ceremonial Protest and African American Jeremiad

    Elizabeth Vander Lei and Keith D. Miller

    Abstract: Discusses how "I Have a Dream" is the product of African-American rhetorical traditions of ceremonial protest and jeremiad speech-making, rituals that had crystallized long before King was born. Describes the peaceful essences of the March on Washington and how it was a "Ceremonial Protest." Considers the historical use of "I Have a Dream" over the previous 130 years.

    Keywords: College

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