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

  • feminist theory, Teaching strategies, Pedagogy, research, rhetorical theory, rhetoric and composition, history of writing

By Brian Ray

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.

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Front Matter and Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface

1. What Is Style, and Why Does It Matter?

2. Historical Review I: From Ancient Greece through Rome

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

4. Contemporary Views on Style

5. The Relationship Between Style, Voice, and Grammar

6. Frontiers of Style in Rhetoric and Composition

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

8. Teaching Strategies and Best Practices

Glossary of Terms

Annotated Bibliography

Works Cited


About the Author

Brian Ray is 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.

Reference Guides to Rhetoric and Composition

Publication Information: Ray, Brian. (2015). Style: An Introduction to History, Theory, Research, and Pedagogy. Parlor Press; The WAC Clearinghouse. 

Series Editors: Charles Bazerman, University of California, Santa Barbara; Mary Jo Reiff,University of Kansas; and Anis Bawarshi, University of Washington

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