Don Bialostosky

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Don Bialostosky is a Professor in the Composition: Literacy, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric group who is also active in the literature program. He received his PhD in English in 1977 from the University of Chicago.

Research and Publications

He is the author of a long list of chapters and articles on the Romantics, with particular attention to Wordsworth and Coleridge, and on pedagogy, rhetoric, and dialogics.

He is the author of two books, Making Tales: The Poetics of Wordsworth's Narrative Experiments (U of Chicago P, 1984) and Wordsworth, Dialogics, and the Practice of Criticism Cambridge UP 1992). He is co-editor of the collection, Rhetorical Traditions and British Romantic Literature (Indiana UP, 1995). He has been a leading figure in thinking through the uses and consequences of the work of Mikhail Bakhtin, especially with reference to pedagogy, composition, and rhetoric.

His current projects include an introduction to poetry entitled “How to Play a Poem” and a collection of essays on Bakhtin and rhetoric.

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Don Bialostosky. How to Play a Poem. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017