About the author: Joseph Zeppetello is an Assistant Professor English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He is the author of short stories published in Iron Horse and The Little Magazine, and articles published in The Hudson Valley Regional Review. He received his D.A. in Humanistic Studies, Philosophy/English from the State University of New York at Albany.1999 0-7734-7993-7
This study deals with the emergence of the writing self as it stands in English composition theory today. This discussion is divided into three categories: the essentialist self, the linguistic self, and the pragmatic self. After an analysis of the evolution of philosophical constructions of the self, this work proposes a pragmatic, ironist self based on the later work of Richard Rorty.