The first two chapters of my dissertation focus on place as a topos for invention studies; basically, I think that place has been a crucial organizing feature of the ways we’ve approached rhetorical invention theories and strategies in Comp/Rhet. We think of invention as occurring in or out–of the writer’s mind, of generic conventions, of the classroom, of the field of composition. . .I’ve spent most of my time gathering up other people’s views of invention and charting it, but the question is. . .where’s my map of invention? I rely too heavily on other people without making my own thoughts evident. And all of this should lead to my discussion of the essay, which is what I really want to talk about. The connection is lacking now, though. . .
A first step in mapping my views of invention? Here you go:
Hmm. . .