Writing as a Way of Being: Writing Instruction, Nonduality, and the Crisis of Sustainability (Yagels
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Title: Writing as a Way of Being
Sub-title: Writing Instruction, Nonduality, and the Crisis of Sustainability
Author(s): Robert P. Yagelski
Publish Date: October 2011
|In this careful examination of the nature of writing, the author demonstrates that the experience of writing, apart from the text that is produced through writing, can be deeply transformative for both individuals and communities. The book presents a dramatic new way to understand writing as an ontological act at a time of unprecedented social, educational, and environmental change. This book offers hope in the form of a pedagogy of writing as an ethical practice of being in the world. It describes a way to harness the power of writing so that writing instruction can become part of a broader effort to imagine and create a more just and sustainable future.
Contents: Introduction. WRITING (AND) THE CRISIS OF SUSTAINABILITY. The Crisis of Sustainability as a Social Problem. Schooling and the Cartesian Self. Writing Instruction and the Cartesian Self. The Ontology of Postsecondary Writing Instruction. Composition and the Crisis of Sustainability. THE CARTESIAN VIEW OF WRITING. Revisiting the Cartesian View of Writing. The Status Quo and the Purposes of Writing Instruction. The Current State of Writing Theory. Thomas Kent's Anti-Cartesian Paralogic Rhetoric. WRITING, BEING, AND NONDUALITY. The Problem of Language and Being. Nonduality as a Framework for Understanding Writing as a Way of Being. Writing (In) an Extra-Linguistic Reality. WRITING AS A WAY OF BEING. Replacing Writing with Writing. The Ontological Experience of Writing. Toward an Ontological Theory of Writing. Digital Literacy and the Experience of Writing. Truth-Seeking and Writing as a Way of Being. A THOUSAND WRITERS WRITING. The Transformative Power of Writing. Writing with Text Rather than Writing the Text. Teaching Writing as a Way of Being Together. The Challenge of Teaching Writing as a Way of Being. Works Cited. About the Author. Author Index. Subject Index.