Rhetoric & Composition I: Autumn 2012 Rotating Header Image

Connections between judicial textualism and our textual analyses

It’s funny how when we’ve talked about something in class, it shows up later in the New York Times:

“It might seem that going to college or teaching in one is an activity less complex than the activity of engaging in constitutional interpretation. But neither activity can be engaged in by someone who had not internalized a vast array of assumptions and presuppositions, each of which is an ingredient of an understanding that can not be gained by rehearsing or cataloging them. Whether negotiating the course schedule or the Constitution, ‘Quicksand awaits all who insist on reading every clause of the document literally.'”

From today’s NYT: Is There a Constitution in This Text?