A Short History of Writing Instruction: From Ancient Greece by James J. Murphy

By James J. Murphy

Brief sufficient to be synoptic, but lengthy adequate to be usefully precise, A brief historical past of Writing Instruction is the fitting textual content for undergraduate classes and graduate seminars in rhetoric and composition. It preserves the legacy of writing guide from antiquity to modern occasions with a different specialize in the cloth, academic, and institutional context of the Western rhetorical culture. Its longitudinal process allows scholars to trace the recurrence through the years of not just particular educating tools, but additionally significant concerns equivalent to social goal, writing as strength, the impact of applied sciences, the increase of vernaculars, and writing as a strength for democratization.

The assortment is wealthy in scholarship and important views, that is made obtainable throughout the powerful record of pedagogical instruments incorporated, resembling the main recommendations indexed first and foremost of every bankruptcy, and the word list of keywords and Bibliography for extra research supplied on the finish of the textual content. additional additions contain elevated awareness to orthography, or the actual features of the writing method, new fabric on highschool guide, sections on writing within the digital age, and elevated assurance of girls rhetoricians and writing guideline of girls. a brand new bankruptcy on writing guide in overdue Medieval Europe was once additionally extra to reinforce assurance of the center a long time, fill the distance in scholars wisdom of the interval, and current tutorial equipment that may be simply reproduced within the smooth school room.

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These educators, concentrating on advanced studies, encouraged extending education into young adulthood. Logography is one illustration of how a long-established pragmatic skill evolved into a higher-level study of writing in the service of orality. The concept of “logography” existed during the Archaic Period as a specialized skill to record accounts of important events. ” Here too, however, this form of specialized writing would alter during 23 Eunapius, Vitae Sophistarum 489. Ancient Greek Writing Instruction 23 the Classical Period because it was applied to the immediate constraints of orality.

7 Ostraka used in fifth-century BCE voting. 23 Even these artifacts, unfortunately, come from Egypt not Athens. If the account of Diogenes Laertius is accurate, however, we have a very important piece of evidence about the (r)evolutionary emphasis of writing moving into the upper classes. Xenophon was from an old and established aristocratic family. The fact that he would “create” a writing heuristic to aid orality provides an instance of the diminishing stereotype of writing as a lower-class craft while, at the same time, demonstrating its use by a member of the upper classes of Athenian society.

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