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The Origins of Composition Studies in the American College, 1875-1925: A Documentary History

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This volume describes the formative years of English composition courses in college through a study of the most prominent documents of the time: magazine articles, scholarly reports, early textbooks, teachers' testimonies-and some of the actual student papers that provoked discussion. Includes writings by leading scholars of the era such as Adams Sherman Hill, Gertrude ...more
Paperback, 584 pages
Published January 4th 1996 by University of Pittsburgh Press (first published January 1st 1995)
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For those interested in the history of composition, this is oddly readable, considering that it is mostly a collected archive of documents, articles, textbooks, and student essays. Two major things struck me as I read through these. First, the practice of composition has changed very little, despite massive shifts in theory. One will find much of the same discourse from this book in our current "archive." Second, the opinions and theory about composition during the turn of last century was much ...more
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