Short History of Writing Instruction from Ancient Greece to Modern America

ISBN-10: 1880393301

ISBN-13: 9781880393307

Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)

Authors: James J. Murphy
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Description: This volume provides a systematic historical survey of the methods and purposes of writing instruction in Western culture. The book traces the development of writing curricula from the earliest stages in ancient Greece to the standardization processes of the Roman period which dominated Western schools up to the 18th century. The next major sections outline the shift away from inherited European methods and the emergence of many competing purposes and methods in contemporary America. While some other studies look at particular time periods or at certain issues, this book covers the entire development of writing instruction over a period of 2,500 years up to the present day. The longitudinal approach used enables the reader to track the recurrence over time of not only specific teaching methods but also such major issues as social purpose, writing as power, the effect of technologies, the rise of vernaculars, and writing as a force for democratization. The book concludes with 10 suggestions for further research to deepen understanding of the history of writing instruction.

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Book details

List price: $53.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

James J. Murphy is Professor of Rhetoric and Communications, University of California at Davis

Introduction
Ancient Greek Writing Instruction
The Key Role of Habit in Roman Writing Instruction
Writing Instruction from Late Antiquity to the Twelfth Century
The Teaching of Poetic Composition In the Later Middle Ages
Rhetoric and Writing in the Renaissance
Writing Instruction in Great Britain: The Eighteenth And Nineteenth Centuries
From Rhetoric to Composition: The Teaching of Writing in America to 1900
A Century of Writing Instruction in School and College English
Epilogue
Glossary of Key Terms in the History of Writing Instruction
Contributors
Bibliography for Further Study
Index
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