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- DescriptionLucille M. Schultz's The Young Composers: Composition ' s Beginnings in Nineteenth-Century Schools is the first full-length history of school-based writing instruction. Schultz demonstrates that writing instruction in nineteenth-century American schools is much more important in the overall history of writing instruction than we have previously assumed. Drawing on primary materials that have t been considered in previous histories of writing instructionlittle-kwn textbooks and student writing that includes prize-winning essays, journal entries, letters, and articles written for school newspapersSchultz shows that in nineteenth-century American schools, the voices of the British rhetoricians that dominated college writing instruction were attenuated by the voice of the Swiss education reformer Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. Partly through the influence of Pestalozzi's thought, writing instruction for children in schools became child-centered, t just a replica or imitation of writing instruction in the colleges. It was also in these nineteenth-century American schools that personal or experience-based writing began and where the democratization of writing was institutionalized. These schools prefigured some of our contemporary composition practices: free writing, peer editing, and the use of illustrations as writing prompts. It was in these schools, in fact, where composition instruction as we kw it today began, Schultz argues. This book features a chapter on the agency of textbook icography, which includes illustrations from nineteenth-century composition books as well as a cultural analysis of those illustrations. Schultz also includes a lengthy bibliography of nineteenth-century composition textbooks and student and school newspapers.
- Author BiographyLucille M. Schultz is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Cincinnati.
- Author(s)Lucille M. Schultz
- PublisherSouthern Illinois University Press
- Date of Publication30/04/1999
- Series TitleStudies in Writing and Rhetoric
- Place of PublicationCarbondale
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSouthern Illinois University Press
- Content Note20 b&w illustrations
- Weight318 g
- Width139 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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