Composition-Rhetoric: Backgrounds, Theory, and Pedagogy (Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy and Culture)

December 9, 2020
Composition-Rhetoric: Backgrounds, Theory, and Pedagogy (Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy and Culture)

Connors provides a history of composition and its pedagogicalapproaches to form, genre, and correctness. He shows where many ofthe today’s practices and assumptions about writing come from, andhe translates what our techniques and theories of teaching havesaid over time about our attitudes toward students, language andlife.Connors locates the beginning of a new rhetorical tradition inthe mid-nineteenth century, and from there, he discusses thetheoretical and pedagogical innovations of the last two centuriesas the result of historical forces, social needs, and culturalshifts.This important book proves that American composition-rhetoric isa genuine, rhetorical tradition with its own evolving theria andpraxis. As such it is an essential reference for all teachers ofEnglish and students of American education.