Short History of Writing Instruction From Ancient Greece to Contemporary America

ISBN-10: 0415897459

ISBN-13: 9780415897457

Edition: 3rd 2012 (Revised)

Authors: James J. Murphy

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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: $93.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/14/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

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

Ways to Read This Book: An Introduction
Ancient Greek Writing Instruction and Its Oral Antecedents
Roman Writing Instruction as Described by Quintilian
Writing Instruction from Late Antiquity to the Twelfth Century
Writing Instruction in Late Medieval Europe
Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric in the Renaissance
Writing Instruction in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Great Britain: Continuity and Change, Transitions and Shifts
From Rhetoric to Rhetorics: An Interim Report on the History of American Writing Instruction to 1900
Writing Instruction in School and College English: The Twentieth Century and the New Millennium
Not a Conclusion, But an Epilogue
Glossary of Key Terms in the History of Writing Instruction
The Next Step in Your Research: A Bibliography for Further Study
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