ERIC Number: ED038391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-May
Reference Count: 0
Theories of Style and Their Implications for the Teaching of Composition--and Other Essays.
Milic, Louis T.; And Others
Four articles deal with approaches to style, the usefulness of contemporary literature, the danger of dogmas, and the place of technical writing in composition courses. Louis T. Milic discusses three "real theories of style"--classical rhetorical dualism, psychological monism, and Crocean aesthetic monism--and the effect of the theories on the teaching of composition. Thomas W. Wilcox, who takes up the difficulty of teaching structural form in composition when both teacher and students are confronted with the open-ended or deliberately ambiguous structures of successful contemporary literature, indicates that teachers may have to modify their concepts of composition if they incorporate "fresh examples of verbal art" in their courses. A. M. Tibbetts presents "a short history of dogma and nonsense in the composition course." Specific dogmas discussed are semantics, communication skills, linguistics, and composition research. W. Earl Britton discusses four definitions of technical writing and differentiates between "imaginative" and "functional" writing through an emphasis on technical writing's "effort to limit the reader to one interpretation." (LH)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Contemporary Literature, Direction Writing, Dogmatism, Educational Theories, English Instruction, Expository Writing, Linguistics, Literary Criticism, Literary Styles, Rhetoric, Semantics, Technical Writing, Twentieth Century Literature, Writing (Composition), Writing Skills
National Council of Teachers of English, 508 South Sixth Street, Champaign, Ill. 61820 (Stock No. 32805, $0.75, prepaid)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.
Note: Articles originally published in "College Composition and Communication" (May 1965)