chapter  7
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From Rhetoric to Rhetorics: An Interim Report on the History of American Writing Instruction to 1900

Local histories of composition test our theories about the infl uence of popular textbooks, innovative teachers, dominant pedagogies, and landmark curricular reforms. They challenge the dominant narrative of composition history, located in primarily elite research institutions, disrupting its apparent simplicity as the myth of origin and proposing alongside it a complicated and discontinuous array of alternative histories.