Mapping Commonplaces: Replanting The Mayflower

By Kwesi Billups Introduction Throughout the course of the semester, students in my College Writing Seminar have embarked on a semester-long journey to investigate the rhetorical situations of various locations around the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. Some students chose to work with street intersections, while others chose more historically documented and culturally relevant locations such as […]

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Up Close with Eagles

In the midst of everything that goes on in the world, there are many “commonplaces” that link us to seemingly unrelated matters. What is a commonplace, you may ask? A commonplace (or topos) has many definitions which include: a physical space in which people can congregate, a shared idea, and the way in which topic […]

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RA 5

In chapter seven of David Fleming’s City of Rhetoric, the topic discussed is home. In this chapter, Fleming introduces the last topoi by using the revitalization of Cabrini Green as an example. He discusses the history of public housing, and how even though the government considers it “low-income”, it is actually destined for those in […]

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