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Nineteenth-Century Scottish Rhetoric: The American Connection
     

Nineteenth-Century Scottish Rhetoric: The American Connection

by Winifred Bryan Horner
 

Winifred Bryan Horner argues that an understanding of the changes that occurred in the content of nineteenth-century courses in logic, rhetoric, and belles lettres taught in Scottish universities provides important critical insight into the development of the twentieth-century American composition course, as well as courses in English literature and critical theory

Overview

Winifred Bryan Horner argues that an understanding of the changes that occurred in the content of nineteenth-century courses in logic, rhetoric, and belles lettres taught in Scottish universities provides important critical insight into the development of the twentieth-century American composition course, as well as courses in English literature and critical theory.

Because of the inaccessibility of primary materials documenting the changes in courses taught at Scottish universities, the impression remains that the nineteenth century represents a break with the traditional school curriculum rather than a logical transition to a new focus of study. Horner has discovered that the notes of students who attended these classes—meticulously transcribed records of the lectures that professors dictated in lieu of printed texts—provide reliable documentation of the content of courses taught during the period. Using these records, Horner traces the evolution of current traditional composition, developed in the United States in the first part of the twentieth century, from courses taught in nineteenth-century, northern Scottish universities. She locates the beginning of courses in English literature and belletristic composition in the southern schools, particularly Edinburgh.

Horner’s study opens new vistas for the study of the evolution of university curricula, especially the never before acknowledged influence of belletristric rhetoric on the development of the North American composition course.

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Horner documents how shifts in emphasis in the way rhetoric was taught in 18th- and 19th-century Scottish universities were crucial in the development of today's courses in English literature, critical theory, and composition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809314706
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
01/12/1993
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1300L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Winifred Bryan Horner holds the Lillian Radford Chair of Rhetoric and Composition and is a professor of English at Texas Christian University.

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