An outgrowth of the recent meeting of the International Society of the History of Rhetoric, this collection challenges the reader to reexamine the broad influence of 18th- and 19th-century Scottish rhetoric, often credited for shaping present-day studies in psychology, philosophy, literary criticism, oral communication, English literature, and composition. The contributors examine its influence and call for a new appraisal of its importance in light of recent scholarship and archival research. Many of the essays in the first section discuss the contributions of recognized influential figures including Adam Smith and Hugh Blair. Other essays focus on the importance of 18th-century Scottish sermons in relation to public discourse, audience analysis, peer evaluation, and professional rhetoric. Essays in the second section address 19th-century rhetorical theory and its influence on North American composition practice.
"…provides an interesting glimpse into a significant moment in European and American preaching history and will be of interest to both students of preaching and rhetoric."
Contents: Preface. Acknoledgments. Contributors. W.B. Horner, Introduction. Part I: Reexamining Influential Figures. D. Harrington, Hume's Concept of Taste in the Context of Epideictic Rhetoric and Eighteenth-Century Ethics. W.A. Wallace, Thomas Reid's Philosophy as a Basis for Rhetoric. S.C. Jarratt, Ekphrastic Rhetoric and National Identity in Adam Smith's Rhetoric Lectures. S.J. McKenna, Fitting Words: Propriety in Adam Smith's Rhetoric and Ethics. D. Abbot, Blair "Abroad". The European Reception of the Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres. G.L. Hatch, Student Notes of Hugh Blair's Lectures on Rhetoric. S. Sloane, Professor William Greenfield, Sad Successor to Professor Hugh Blair: A Study of the Second Regius Professor of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres at University of Edinburgh, 1784-1798. M. Pittock, Staff and Student: The Teaching of Rhetoric in the Scottish Universities. H. Cohen, Rhetoric and Freedom in the Scottish Treatment of the History of Rhetoric. M. Gellis, The Rhetoric of George Campbell's Sermons. S.J. Sarkela, Rhetorical Theory and Practice in Scottish Sermons Against American Independence, 1776-1779. J. Nienkamp, Scottish Influences on Richard Whately's Theory of Pathos. L. Ferreira-Buckley, "Scotch Knowledge" and the Formation of Rhetorical Studies in Nineteenth-Century England. Part II: The Rhetoric of North American Composition. B.L. Hewett, Samuel P. Newman's A Practical System of Rhetoric: An American Cousin of Scottish Rhetoric. L.L. Gaillet, George Jardine's Outlines of Philosophical Education: Prefiguring Twentieth-Century Composition Theory and Practice. S. Aley, The Impact of Science on Rhetoric Through the Contributions of the University of Aberdeen's Alexander Bain. A. Lunsford, Alexander Bain and the Teaching of Composition in North America. Author Index. Subject Index.