Drama in the archives: Rereading methods, rewriting history

Cheryl Jean Glenn, Jessica Enoch

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This article examines the historiographic trajectory of rhetoric and composition studies by analyzing archival research practices, using Kenneth Burke's dramatistic pentad as our analytical tool. We rely on a Burkean framework of "scenes, acts, agents, agencies, purposes, and attitudes" to invigorate our understanding of historiographic methods and to open up new possibilities for future histories of rhetoric and composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-342
Number of pages22
JournalCollege Composition and Communication
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2009


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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