Finitude's Clamor, or, Notes Toward a Communitarian Literacy (Writing)
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To the extent that rhetoric and writings studies bases its theories and pedagogies on the self-present composing subject--the figure of the writer who exists apart from the writing context, from the 'world', from others--it is anti-communitarian. Communication can take place only among beings who are given over to the 'outside', exposed, open to the other's effraction. This essay therefore calls for the elaboration of a 'communitarian' literacy that understands reading and writing as functions of this originary sociality, as expositions not of who one is (identity) but of the fact that 'we' are (community).