THE TAGMEMIC CONTRIBUTION TO COMPOSITION TEACHING
Dr. Bruce L. Edwards
Professor of English
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
Table of Contents
FOREWORD TO THE CYBER-EDITION
This monograph was first published in 1979, and is a revision of my Master's
Thesis at Kansas State University, written under the direction of the late
Dr. Donald Stewart. I owe Dr. Stewart a great deal, not the least of which
is my understanding of rhetoric as a profoundly moral and humanistic art;
I continue to build on the foundation of his rich understanding of the
diversity and historical context of rhetorical studies in the U.S. in the
19th and 20th Centuries. The profession lost a great thinker and humanitarian
when Dr. Stewart died.
From this early consideration of the role and promise of tagmemics, I have
continued to write and teach about tagmemics and have bequeathed to a number
of graduate students a love and respect for tagmemic discourse theory.
Several of them have written doctoral theses on one or more aspects of
tagmemic discourse theory and its role in shaping the profession at large,
informing our pedagogy, and providing innovative ways of producing and
Except for a few minor places, this text represents the original 1979 manuscript.
I would change a number of things in the text were I to do it again; however,
it seems to me a useful historical document, capturing the spirit and optimism
of one era in the contemporary history of composition history, theory,
and pedagogy, and I invite the cyber-reader to explore it in that context.
My thanks to my doctoral student, Joe Wilferth, for scanning, editing,
and formatting my text for web publication.
(c) 1997, Bruce L. Edwards. All Rights Reserved.