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Connors provides a history of composition and its pedagogical approaches to form, genre, and correctness. He shows where many of the today’s practices and assumptions about writing come from, and he translates what our techniques and theories of teaching have said over time about our attitudes toward students, language and life. Connors locates the beginning of a new rhetorical tradition in the mid-nineteenth century, and from there, he discusses the theoretical and pedagogical innovations of the last two centuries as the result of historical forces, social needs, and cultural shifts. This important book proves that American composition-rhetoric is a genuine, rhetorical tradition with its own evolving theoria and praxis. As such it is an essential reference for all teachers of English and students of American education.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 1. Gender Influences: Composition-Rhetoric as an Irenic Rhetoric
  2. pp. 23-68
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  1. 2. Shaping Tools: Textbooks and the Development of Composition-Rhetoric
  2. pp. 69-111
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  1. 3. Composition-Rhetoric, Grammar, and Mechanical Correctness
  2. pp. 112-170
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  1. 4. Licensure, Disciplinary Identity, and Workload in Composition-Rhetoric
  2. pp. 171-209
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  1. 5. Discourse Taxonomies in Composition-Rhetoric
  2. pp. 210-256
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  1. 6. Style Theory and Static Abstractions
  2. pp. 257-295
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  1. 7. Invention and Assignments in Composition-Rhetoric
  2. pp. 296-328
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 329-346
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 347-364
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 365-374
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 386-386
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822971825
Related ISBN
9780822956303
MARC Record
OCLC
607807773
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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