- Ph.D., State University of New York, Binghamton, 1978
- M.A., English Literature, Hofstra University, 1974
John Lincoln Schilb
Professor Emeritus, English
Professor Emeritus, English
I specialize in composition, rhetoric, and literary theory, as well as being interested in how these areas connect. I explore possible links among them in my current work as editor of the journal College English, in my 1992 book Between the Lines: Relating Composition Theory and Literary Theory (Boynton/Cook), and in two collections I co-edited for the Modern Language Association: Contending with Words: Composition and Rhetoric in a Postmodern Age (1991) and Writing Theory and Critical Theory (1994). In my most recent book, Rhetorical Refusals: Defying Audiences’ Expectations (Southern Illinois University Press, 2007), I turn to examining a specific kind of persuasive act, one in which the writer or speaker deliberately breaks with rhetorical conventions to achieve some higher aim. Here at IU, I regularly teach both graduate and undergraduate courses, including a seminar on Holocaust representations for the University’s summer Intensive Freshman Seminars Program. Also, I train Indiana and Michigan high school instructors to teach our undergraduate course in Literary Interpretation at their home institutions.
“Composing Literary Studies in Graduate Courses.” Disciplining English. Ed. David Shumway. and Craig Dionne. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002. 137-48.
“The WPA and the Politics of Litcomp.” The Writing Program Administrator’s Resource. Ed. Stuart Brown, Theresa Enos, and Catherine Chaput. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2002. 165-79.
“Autobiography After Prozac.” Rhetorical Bodies: Towards a Material Rhetoric. Ed. Jack Selzer and Sharon Crowley. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1999. 202-17.
“Reprocessing the Essay.” Post-Process Composition Theory: Beyond the Writing Process Paradigm. Ed. Thomas Kent. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1999. 198-214.
“Scholarship in Composition and Literature: Some Comparisons.” Academic Advancement in Composition Studies. Ed. Richard and Barbara Geselle Gebhardt. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1996. 21-31.
“Future Historiographies of Rhetoric and the Present Age of Anxiety.” Writing Histories of Rhetoric. Ed. Victor Vitanza. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1994. 128-38.
“Composing Conflicts: A Writing Teacher’s Perspective.” Teaching the Conflicts: Gerald Graff, Curricular Reform, and the Culture Wars. Ed. William Cain. New York: Garland, 1994. 95-108.
“The History of Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of History.” PRE/TEXT: The First Decade. Ed. Victor Vitanza. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993. 237-62. [Rpt. With a new postscript from PRE/TEXT 7 (1987): 11-31.]
“Poststructuralism, Politics, and the Subject of Pedagogy.” Pedagogy is Politics. Ed. Maria-Regina Kecht. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992. 48-69.
“Cultural Studies, Postmodernism, and Composition.” Contending With Words: Composition and Rhetoric in a Postmodern Age. Ed. Patricia Harkin and John Schilb. New York: MLA, 1991. 173-88.
“Text,’ Author,’ Reader,’ and History’ in the Introduction to Literature Course.” Practicing Theory in Introductory College Literature Courses. Ed. James M. Cahalan and David B. Downing. Urbana: NCTE, 1991. 59-71.
“Preparing Graduate Students to Teach Literature: Composition Studies as a Possible Foundation.” Pedagogy 1 (2001): 507-524.
“Traveling Theory and the Defining of New Rhetorics.” Rhetoric Review 11 (1992): 34-48.
“What’s at Stake in the Conflict Between Theory’ and Practice’ in Composition?” Rhetoric Review 10 (1991): 91-97.
“The Role of Ethos: Ethics, Rhetoric, and Politics in Contemporary Feminist Theory.” PRE/TEXT 11 (1990): 211-34.