A Short History of Writing Instruction: From Ancient Greece to Contemporary America (3rd New edition)

A Short History of Writing Instruction: From Ancient Greece to Contemporary America (3rd New edition)

By: James J. Murphy (editor)Paperback

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Short enough to be synoptic, yet long enough to be usefully detailed, A Short History of Writing Instruction is the ideal text for undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in rhetoric and composition. It preserves the legacy of writing instruction from antiquity to contemporary times with a unique focus on the material, educational, and institutional context of the Western rhetorical tradition. Its longitudinal approach enables students to track the recurrence over time of not only specific teaching methods, but also major issues such as social purpose, writing as power, the effect of technologies, the rise of vernaculars, and writing as a force for democratization. The collection is rich in scholarship and critical perspectives, which is made accessible through the robust list of pedagogical tools included, such as the Key Concepts listed at the beginning of each chapter, and the Glossary of Key Terms and Bibliography for Further Study provided at the end of the text. Further additions include increased attention to orthography, or the physical aspects of the writing process, new material on high school instruction, sections on writing in the electronic age, and increased coverage of women rhetoricians and writing instruction of women. A new chapter on writing instruction in Late Medieval Europe was also added to augment coverage of the Middle Ages, fill the gap in students' knowledge of the period, and present instructional methods that can be easily reproduced in the modern classroom.

About Author

James J. Murphy is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English and the Department of Communication at the University of California, Davis.


Ways to Read This Book: An Introduction, James J. Murphy Ancient Greek Writing Instruction and Its Oral Antecedents, Richard Leo Enos Roman Writing Instruction as Described by Quintilian, James J. Murphy Writing Instruction from Late Antiquity to the Twelfth Century, Carol Dana Lanham Writing Instruction in Late Medieval Europe, Martin Camargo and Marjorie Curry Woods Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric in the Renaissance, Don Paul Abbott Writing Instruction in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Great Britain: Continuity and Change, Transitions and Shifts, Linda Ferreira-Buckley From Rhetoric to Rhetorics: An Interim Report on the History of American Writing Instruction to 1900, Suzanne Bordelon, Elizabethada A. Wright, and S. Michael Halloran Writing Instruction in School and College English: The Twentieth Century and the New Millennium, David Gold, Catherine L. Hobbs, and James A. Berlin Not a Conclusion, But an Epilogue, James J. Murphy Glossary of Key Terms in the History of Writing Instruction The Next Step in Your Research: A Bibliography for Further Study

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780415897457
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 306
  • ID: 9780415897457
  • weight: 454
  • ISBN10: 0415897459
  • edition: 3rd New edition

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