Nineteenth-Century Scottish Rhetoric: The American Connection

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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.

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

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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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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Missing Link 1
2 The Background 16
The History of Scottish Education 18
The Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment 23
The Scottish Philosophy of Common Sense 27
3 Eighteenth- and Nineteenth Century Schools and Universities: Rhetoric and Composition 32
The Linguistic Situation 33
Schools and Universities 35
Pedagogy in Rhetoric and Composition 40
The Nineteenth-Century Reforms 49
4 The University of Edinburgh 54
The University of Edinburgh: Archival Materials 70
Rhetoric, BelIes Lettres, and English Literature 70
Logic and Metaphysics 83
English Literature 91
5 The University of Glasgow 94
The University of Glasgow: Archival Materials 108
Logic and Rhetoric 109
English Literature 125
6 The Universities of the North: St. Andrews and Aberdeen 130
The Universities of St. Andrews and Dundee 132
The University of Aberdeen 138
The Universities of the North: Archival Materials 149
King's College, Aberdeen: Moral Philosophy and Logic 150
Marischal College, Aberdeen: Moral Philosophy and Logic 159
The University of Aberdeen: English Composition and Rhetoric 162
7 The Scottish-American Connection: The Emergence of Belletristic Composition 165
The Roots of Scottish and American Education 166
The Eighteenth Century: The Scottish Influence on America 171
The Nineteenth-Century Connection 176
Conclusion: Literature and Belletristic Composition 179
Notes 189
Works Cited 193
Index 201
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