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Manly Writing Gender, Rhetoric, and the Rise of Composition

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ISBN-10: 0809316919

ISBN-13: 9780809316915

Edition: 1993

Authors: Miriam Brody

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In this critical history of the gendered politics of rhetoric and the rise of composition, Miriam Brody argues that nothing about words or their arrangement is innately gendered. Yet since the English Enlightenment, teachers have encouraged their students to admire and imitate "manly" writing, writing that is plain, forceful, cogent, and true. Similarly, students have been enjoined to avoid so-called effeminate or feminine writing—writing characterized as vague, unorganized, ornate, and deceitful. Such advice, part of what Brody terms the hidden curriculum, has served the interests of discourse communities as various as the early Enlightenment Royal Society in seventeenth-century London…    
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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 11/30/1993
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Writing about Writing
The Eunuch and Vicious Writing
Rhetoric for Gentlemen: Advice to Writers in the Age of the Enlightenment
Plain Writing for Science: Advice in the Early Enlightenment
The Rhetorical and Gendered Politics of George Campbell
The Gendered Aesthetics of Enlightenment Rhetoric
Composition Texts for Schools
"Doing" Grammar and Learning Latin
Teaching Character in the American Schooltext in the Nineteenth Century
The Modern Composition Text: Organic and Original, Armed and Loaded
Conclusion: Through the Looking Glass
Notes
Works Cited
Index