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English Composition I

by: Mrs. Gracie Block

English Composition I ENGL 1101

Mrs. Gracie Block

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Date Created: 10/27/15
From Grammar to Rhetoric Invention Discovery Techniques 1 Identify an interesting visual element something visible and perceptible in the text Naturally it should intrigue you and stimulate your interests analytically 2 Now revisit the text Perform a close textual reading of places in order to locate places in the text where your selected element surfaces What patterns can you identify what trends and repetitions what interrelationships to other visual cues or perhaps contrasts Hints a Look for repetition of your selected word phrase object image etc b Look for sets of related words or word categories This is called semantic mapping examining how one target word is tied to other related words c Words images objects even grammatical and typographical cues are first associated with their meanings What meanings does your word image object or whatever generate Does the text adhere to this expected meaning or reverse it why d What contexts literary cultural historical does the novel provide for this particular word image object etc e Begin to note relationships between words in the set or patterns of images connected to a central idea or typographical eccentricities that accrue meanings f Compare and contrast words images phrases etc to discover relationships and thematic significance Take copious notes write down explanatory remarks and ask theoretical why and how questions that lead to probing analytical inquiry Don t limit your focus just yet play out multiple possibilities and continue to embrace the process of inquiry 3 You should be able to locate patterns of meaning as you revisit the text These patterns of meaning will tell you something about your questions Look for the glue that ties all this together 4 Now draw rhetoricstage conclusions about the meaning and signi cance of your visual element to a larger eld of meaning in the text If your element is truly compelling you ll find that your conclusions are


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