Writing Instruction in Nineteenth-Century American Colleges

ISBN-10: 0809311666
ISBN-13: 9780809311668
Edition: N/A
Authors: James A. Berlin
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Description: Defining a rhetoric as a social invention arising out of a particular time, place, and set of circumstances, Berlin notes that “no rhetoric—not Plato’s or Arisshy;totle’s or Quintilian’s or Perelman’s—is permanent.” At any given time several  More...

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List price: $35.00
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 4/30/1984
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440

Defining a rhetoric as a social invention arising out of a particular time, place, and set of circumstances, Berlin notes that “no rhetoric—not Plato’s or Arisshy;totle’s or Quintilian’s or Perelman’s—is permanent.” At any given time several rhetorics vie for supremacy, with each attracting adherents representing varishy;ous views of reality expressed through a rhetoric. nbsp; Traditionally rhetoric has been seen as based on four interacting elements: “reshy;ality, writer or speaker, audience, and language.” As emphasis shifts from one element to another, or as the interaction between elements changes, or as the defshy;initions of the elements change, rhetoric changes. This alters prevailing views on such important questions as what is apshy;pearance, what is reality. nbsp; In this interpretive study Berlin classishy;fies the three 19th-century rhetorics as classical, psychological-epistemological, and romantic, a uniquely American development growing out of the transcenshy;dental movement. In each case studying the rhetoric provides insight into society and the beliefs of the people.

James A. Berlin began his teaching career in elementary schools in Flint and Detroit, Michigan. After earning a Ph.D. in Victorian literature at the University of Michigan, he became an assistant professor of composition at Wichita State University. While there, he also served as first Director of the Kansas Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project. He next taught at the University of Cincinnati, where he was Director of Freshman English. Since 1987, he has been Professor of English at Purdue University.

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