Berthoff, Ann E. “Rhetoric as hermeneutic.” College composition and communication 42.3 (1991): 279-287.
Berlin, James A. Rhetorics, Poetics, and Cultures : Refiguring College English Studies. Urbana, Ill.: National Council of Teachers of English, 1996.
The influence of structuralist and poststructuralist theories in the humanities, social sciences, and even the sciences—what Jameson has called the linguistic turn—can be seen as an effort to recover the tools of rhetoric in discussing the material effects of language in the conduct of human affairs. (xvii)
Berlin’s reflections on the contributions of the panelists strikes me as key to my understanding Berthoff’s relationship to the field and its orientation historically, particularly as her legacy emerges through the 80’s and 90’s.
This paragraph substantially identifies ‘tensions’ or misapprehensions occurring between Berthoff and “the mainstream” as defined by Berlin: