Sentimental constructions and indeterminate meanings: Thomas Jefferson and the works of Sterne [and] The idea of an OWL: Online writing conferences for second language students
Stephen Joseph Donahue, Idaho State University, United States
Idaho State University . Awarded
This paper offers an extension and a revision of historian Andrew Burstein's discussion of Thomas Jefferson's interest in the works of Laurence Sterne. Sterne's writings, Burstein argued in The Inner Jefferson, provided Jefferson with a model for emotional expression. Thus, he maintained, through investigating Jefferson's references to Sterne, one could unveil more of the emotional world of Thomas Jefferson than had been previously possible. This paper revisits many of Jefferson's references to Sterne and argues that both Sterne's words and Jefferson's uses of them contain indeterminate meanings that make any construction of an emotional “inner Jefferson” problematic. In addition, this paper argues that Burstein's rendering of an emotional and, indeed, sentimental Jefferson performs a rhetorical function by creating a sympathetic portrait of Jefferson in contrast to the recent emphasis placed upon his role as a slaveholder.
This paper describes the creation of an online writing lab (OWL) by the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program at Idaho State University. It discusses the features of the ESOL OWL and the collaborative process through with the project was developed. The paper also details the circumstances that led to a decision to offer writing conferences via e-mail to a group of international students enrolled in a distance-learning course. It describes the nature of tutoring by e-mail, compares this process to that of tutoring in face-to-face sessions, and offers a rationale for effectively using e-mail to tutor second language students in writing.
Donahue, S.J. Sentimental constructions and indeterminate meanings: Thomas Jefferson and the works of Sterne [and] The idea of an OWL: Online writing conferences for second language students. Ph.D. thesis, Idaho State University.
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