ERIC Number: ED263600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Writing Instruction in Nineteenth-Century American Colleges. Studies in Writing & Rhetoric.
Berlin, James A.
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, "The Triumph of Eighteenth-Century Rhetoric," 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.
Descriptors: College English, Educational History, Educational Theories, Higher Education, Rhetoric, Rhetorical Criticism, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction
Southern Illinois University Press, P.O Box 3697, Carbondale, IL 62901 ($8.50).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Conference on Coll. Composition and Communication, Urbana, IL.