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Archives of Instruction: Nineteenth-Century Rhetorics, Readers, and Composition Books in the United States

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Both a historical recovery and a critical rethinking of the functions and practices of textbooks, Archives of Instruction: Nineteenth-Century Rhetorics, Readers, and Composition Books in the United States argues for an alternative understanding of our rhetorical traditions. The authors describe how the pervasive influence of nineteenth-century literacy textbooks demonstrat ...more
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Published February 21st 2005 by Southern Illinois University Press
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Apr 30, 2013 Lance rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rhetoric, history
Judging by the title, one might think this book not so interesting or useful, except as bibliographic reference. On the contrary, it is one of the most useful books I've read for understanding composition and rhetoric in the 19th century, particularly how to make sense of the slew of textbooks (many of which accessible digitally these days). In particular, the chapter "Constructing Composition Books" was eye-opening to some of the discursive roots of composition textbooks that generally lay outs ...more
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