Style: An Introduction to History, Theory, Research, and Pedagogy

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Brian Ray

Reference Guides to Rhetoric and Composition
Series Editors: Charles Bazerman, Mary Jo Reiff, and Anis Bawarshi

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Style: An Introduction to History, Theory, Research, and Pedagogy conducts an in-depth investigation into the long and complex evolution of style in the study of rhetoric and writing. The theories, research methods, and pedagogies covered here offer a conception of style as more than decoration or correctness—views that are still prevalent in many college settings as well as in public discourse.

The book begins by tracing origins of style in sophistic-era Greece, moving from there to alternative and non-Western rhetorical traditions, showing style as always inventive and even at times subversive. Although devalued in subsequent periods, including the twentieth century, contemporary views now urge for renewed attention to the scholarly and pedagogical possibilities of style as experimentation and risk, rather than as safety and conformity. These contemporary views include work in areas of rhetoric and composition, such as basic writing, language difference, digital and multimodal discourse, feminist rhetorics, and rhetorical grammar. Later chapters in this book also explore a variety of disciplines and research methods—sociolinguistics and dialectology, literary and rhetorical stylistics, discourse and conversation analysis, and World Englishes. Finally, teachers and students will appreciate a final chapter that explains practical teaching methods, provides ideas for assignments and activities, and surveys textbooks that promote a rhetorical stance toward style.

About the Author

Brian Ray is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Composition at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His work on style and language issues has appeared in Rhetoric Review, Composition Studies, Computers and Composition, and the Journal of Basic Writing.


Series Editors' Preface by Anis Bawarshi, Charles Bazerman, and Mary Jo Reiff

1 What Is Style, and Why Does It Matter?

Definitions of Style
Style as Form and Meaning
Style as Eloquence
Style as Grammar
Style as Voice
Style as Possibility and Risk
Conclusion: A Cacophony of Definitions

2 Historical Review I: From Ancient Greece through Rome

Style Before the Sophists
Sophists (Fifth and Fourth Centuries BCE)
Plato (Fourth Century BCE)
Isocrates (Fifth and Fourth Centuries BCE)
Aristotle (Fourth Century BCE)
Roman Style: Cicero and Quintilian
Greco-Roman Rhetorical Curriculum: Imitation and the Progymnasmata
Later Greeks: Demetrius, Hermogenes, and Longinus (First — Fourth Century, CE)
Feminist and Non-Western Styles in the Classical and Ancient World
Augustine of Hippo (Fourth and Fifth Centuries CE)

3 Historical Review II: From the Middle Ages through Nineteenth Century US

Boethius (Fifth and Sixth Centuries CE)
Christine de Pizan
Renaissance Style
Renaissance Curriculum
The Ramist Watershed
Style in the Enlightenment and the Standardization of English
Gutting the Classical Canon: Harvard and the New Curriculum, 1875–1940

4 Contemporary Views on Style

Style in Publics and Counterpublics
Style, Voice, and Discourse
Bakhtin, Dialogism, and Style
Bakhtin, Classical Rhetoric, and Postmodern Imitation

5 The Relationship Between Style, Voice, and Grammar

Linguistics and Style in Rhetoric and Composition
Christensen's Rhetoric
Winston Weathers and Alternate Style
Sentence-Combining Pedagogies
Rhetorical Grammar

6 Frontiers of Style in Rhetoric and Composition

Language Difference, Linguistic Diversity, and Style
Style, Voice, and Feedback in Second Language Writing
Women's Writing and Breaking Rules 13
Style, Academic Genres, and Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)
Style, Digital Genres, and Multimodality

7 Researching Style: Methods in Rhetoric, Composition, and Related Disciplines

Rhetoric and Composition
Discourse Analysis
Rhetorical Analysis
From Style to Styles: An Overview of Sociolinguistics
Corpus Linguistics and Stylistics
Research(es) on World Englishes and Global English

8 Teaching Strategies and Best Practices

T. R. Johnson and The Rhetoric of Pleasure
Textbooks: Linguistic and Sociolinguistic Approaches
Approaches Informed by Classical Rhetoric
Mixed Approaches
Final Thoughts on Teaching Style

Annotated Bibliography: Further Readings on Style
Works Cited
About the Author

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