Writing Instruction in Nineteenth-Century American Colleges

Writing Instruction in Nineteenth-Century American Colleges

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An examination of nineteenth century rhetoric is presented in this publication. The first chapter analyzes three rhetorical systems of the nineteenth century: classical, psychological-epistemological, and romantic. The second chapter discusses the demise of the classical tradition, while the third chapter, qThe Triumph of Eighteenth-Century Rhetoric, q focuses on the rhetorical theories of George Campbell, Hugh Blair, and Richard Whately, exploring their influences on nineteenth century pedagogy and social thought. Chapter four describes American imitators of Campbell and Blair, specifically Samuel P. Newman and Henry Day, and chapter five deals with Ralph Waldo Emerson and romantic rhetoric. Chapter six examines aspects of the scientific approach--the managerial scheme of invention, arrangement, and style--and its consequences. Chapter seven presents the rhetoric of Fred Newton Scott as a new direction for college writing instruction, and the final chapter considers three contemporary approaches to teaching writing. A twelve-page bibliography concludes the study.Genung. for example, explained that he had introduced the aquot;laboratory methodaquot; in the writing class. Students were to learn to write by studying literary models, especially the informal essay, discovering their stylistic principles for themselves and then applying them in their own ... study of informal essays, short poems, and short stories; the writing of themes; and the correction of themes by the teacher.

Title:Writing Instruction in Nineteenth-Century American Colleges
Author:James A. Berlin
Publisher:SIU Press - 1984-04-30


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