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4th Edition

A Short History of Writing Instruction
From Ancient Greece to The Modern United States

ISBN 9780367349806
Published April 28, 2020 by Routledge
378 Pages

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Book Description

This newly revised Thirtieth Anniversary edition provides a robust scholarly introduction to the history of writing instruction in the West from Ancient Greece to the present-day United States.

It preserves the legacy of writing instruction from antiquity to contemporary times with a unique focus on the material, educational, and institutional context of the Western rhetorical tradition. Its longitudinal approach enables students to track the recurrence over time of not only specific teaching methods, but also major issues such as social purpose, writing as power, the effect of technologies, orthography, the rise of vernaculars, writing as a force for democratization, and the roles of women in rhetoric and writing instruction. Each chapter provides pedagogical tools including a Glossary of Key Terms and a Bibliography for Further Study. In this edition, expanded coverage of twenty-first-century issues includes Writing Across the Curriculum pedagogy, pedagogy for multilingual writers, and social media.

A Short History of Writing Instruction is an ideal text for undergraduate and graduate courses in writing studies, rhetoric and composition, and the history of education.

Table of Contents

1. Ancient Greek Writing Instruction and its Oral Antecedents  2. Roman Writing Instruction as Described by Quintilian  3. Writing Instruction from Late Antiquity to the Twelfth Century  4. Writing Instruction in Late Medieval Europe  5. Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric in the Renaissance  6. Continuity and Change in Writing Instruction in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Great Britain  7. “Available Means” for Rhetorical Instruction: “Broadening Perspectives” on Rhetorical Education Prior to 1900 8. Writing Instruction in U.S. Colleges and Schools: The Twentieth Century and the New Millennium

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James J. Murphy is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English and the Department of Communication at the University of California, Davis.

Christopher Thaiss is Professor Emeritus of Writing Studies in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis.



Praise for the 3rd edition

"What a remarkable book, covering such a wide sweep of history. I've relied on it for decades, and now we have this fine revision. It is an essential resource." --Mike Rose, UCLA Graduate School of Education

"I hope teachers of writing through all educational levels will be drawn to this volume by its title and will come away with a sense of the richness and complexity of speaking, reading, and writing pedagogies in historically specific contexts. This collection makes a strong case for the value of investigating those histories for help with pressing questions about the role of the English teacher, the composition curriculum, and the rhetoric curriculum in our own historical movement." --Susan C. Jarratt, University of California, Irvine

"A Short History of Writing Instruction is a thoroughly researched but broadly accessible collection of period pieces by noted historians. The collection should be of particular interest to those who are interested in institutional and sociocultural histories and recent efforts to deepen our engagement with the craft."--Thomas P. Miller, University of Arizona