"Where Writing Begins: A Postmodern Reconstruction" is an innovative approach to the postmodern dilemma in rhetoric and composition that" "offers a positive and postmodern pedagogy that redefines and revalues writing and the teaching of writing through reconstructive, postmodern thought. The result is a fresh understanding of both the field of composition and writing instruction.Drawing on the rich potential of beginning as a philosophical concept, Michael Carter asks the simple question: Where does writing begin? His findings take readers first to a new view of what it means to begin, and then to a new understanding of writing and teaching writing based on the redefined beginning. Challenging conventional notions that posit beginning as a chronological and temporal concept, he instead advocates an ontological and philosophical approach, in which beginning embodies both deconstruction and reconstructionand the very possibility of newness.Adding to a growing body of rhetorical scholarship in postmodern reconstruction, "Where Writing Begins "illustrates that writing must be understood within the framework of deconstruction and reconstruction. Writing, then, may be newly defined and valued as beginning. Weaving together conceptual, structural, and methodological patterns, Carter s study is also a journey through the history of philosophy and rhetoric that will leave readers feeling refreshed and teachers eager to return to their classes."
Michael Carter is an associate professor of English at North Carolina State University. His scholarly articles have been published in "College English, Rhetorica, Rhetoric Review, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, "and as book chapters in "Teaching Advanced Composition: Why and How "and "Landmark Essays on Advanced Composition.""