Instructor: Durst Days: Wednesday Time: 3:35pm – 6:25pm
Location: Uptown Campus West
UC’s English Department owns the world’s foremost collection of 19th Century composition textbooks and handbooks, thanks to retired colleague Lucille Schultz, who gathered the materials from more than 15 libraries and archives throughout the country. The collection includes more than 300 pedagogical works, as well as sets of student writing and published scholarship from and about the 1800’s. The print version of the archive resides in McMicken 110-R, while the digital version can be accessed at: https://scholar.uc.edu/collections/05741w32f?locale=en.
ENGC 7040 is your opportunity to work with our renowned collection. In the course, we will study the 19th Century roots of current composition theories and practices. We will learn methodologies for primary source research and dig into the archive to investigate questions of personal interest and disciplinary importance. We will read and discuss foundational scholarship in composition history, while keeping in mind that this field is still very young and the most valuable research is yet to come. Texts include: John Brereton’s The Origins of Composition Studies in the American College, 1875-1925, Robert Connors’ Composition-Rhetoric: Backgrounds, Theory, and Pedagogy, Albert Kitzhaber’s Rhetoric in American Colleges, 1850-1900, Nan Johnson’s Nineteenth-Century Rhetoric in North America, and Lucille Schultz’s The Young Composers: Composition’s Beginnings in Nineteenth-Century Schools. Books can be purchased inexpensively online. Assignments include leading a class discussion, drafting a scholarly article, and writing short reflections.