18th and 19th Century Rhetorical Traditions Resources

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English 696D 18th and 19th Century Rhetorical Traditions|

Prof. Thomas P. Miller

Office: Modern Languages 380 Wednesdays and Thursdays 12-1:00 and by appointment
Phone: 621-3553     


Syllabus | Resources (last updated 9/27/05)

One way to get oriented to the history of rhetoric is to read the introductions (which you are assigned for the second class) and backtrack on the bibliographies.  Another is to search the library.  If you are new to the U of A, consider the on-line documentation and resources provided by RIO.
Another way to get oriented is to do research on the web on rhetoric, literature, history, and more specialized topics.  Please suggest additional sites as you discover them. 
This page includes resources
Authors and Developments Studied in Our Seminar
General Portals to Online Collections
History of Rhetoric
History of Education
History of Women
Other Historical Resources
Selected Resources on Contemporary Issues

My resource pages on other areas
Classical Rhetorics
Professing English
Community Literacies

Authors and Developments Studied in Our Seminar

Links on Gramsci:
   Gramsci webpage created by Monica Stillo:

The Federalist essays of  Alexander Hamilton, James Maddison, and John Jay

Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments:

George Campbell's Philosophy of Rhetoric, an online edition prepared by Lewis Ulman:

This Hugh Blair webpage includes not only his Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres but also useful information on its philosophical and historical contexts:

General Portals to Online Collections

The On-Line Books page at the University of Pennsylvania provides access to thousands of online books and other major collections:

Including the valuable Making of America collection at Cornell that includes dozens of nineteenth-century journals and hundreds of books and pamphlets:

From Revolution to Reconstruction, a website with primary texts and background materials on American history:

The Nineteenth Century in Print: The Making of America in Books and Periodicals includes 1500 books and 23 periodicals from the period:

Akihito Ishikawa's American Literature on the Web includes online resources and texts by American authors grouped by historical periods:

JSTOR is a collection of online journals held by our library.  You must gain access through the Electronic Journals page to verify your UofA affiliation with your last name and cat card number: http://www.library.arizona.edu/indexes/links/ejournals.shtml

The collection includes full articles in many subject areas, with these journals under Education:

  • College English 1939-1999
  • History of Education Quarterly 1961-1997
  • History Teacher 1967-1999
  • Journal of Blacks in Higher Education 1993-2000
  • Journal of Higher Education 1930-1997
  • Journal of Negro Education 1932-1997
  • Sociology of Education 1963-1997
  • Journal of Educational Sociology 1927-1963

While College English and College Composition and Communication do not include much historical research, full text articles in recent years are available on the NCTE website:

History of Rhetoric

The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing includes a useful annotated bibliography of works on the history of rhetoric as well as a general overview of the history of rhetoric (and also bibliographies of other areas of rhetoric and composition):

 UofA Library guide to Rhetoric and Composition resources:

This Selected Bibliography for the Study of Rhetoric by Lewis Ulman is about five years old, but it includes a useful list of basic primary works and links to other online bibliographies:

Sacred and Secular Rhetorical Traditions of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries by Roxanne Mountford is the website for the version of this seminar that she taught in 2001:

This list of definitions of rhetoric by major historical sources was compiled by Andrea Lunsford:

History of Education

UofA Library guide to Education resources:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Literacy and Education

History of Education in the United States

History of American Education (lots of images)

Colonial higher ed (images) 
History of Women

 Boston University Research Guide to Women in the United States in the 19th Century

Voice of the Shuttle

The Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric provides a group of committed scholars:

The Digital Schomburg African American Women Writers of the 19th Century includes a rich archive of primary texts as well as bibliographies and related links:

This Hannah More website provides a link to her Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education and other works as well as information on their historical context:

Women and Social Movements

Andrea Lunsford's Gender and History of Rhetoric includes a useful bibliography on the subject and links to related sources:

Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921
Other Historical Resources

 Encyclopaedia of USA History provides good overviews, short biographies of many figures, including some we are reading, and some pages from primary texts such as accounts of slavery:

US Labor History is a teaching and research site:

The Victorian Web is a comprehensive website with primary texts and resources on the history of philosophy, science and technology, social and political history, and other areas:

UofA Library guide to History resources:

Famous Trials

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy provides useful information on such figures as John Dewey:
Selected Resources on Contemporary Issues

The Forest of Rhetoric: silva rhetoricae by Gideon Burton includes useful information on a range of basic concepts in rhetoric, including a list of rhetorical figures, benchmarks in the history of rhetoric, and the arts of rhetoric:

The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing  by Patricia Bizzell, Bruce Herzberg and Nedra Reynolds provides a handy searchable bibliography to work in various areas of rhetoric and composition:

UofA Library guide to Government Documents:

The Rhetoric Page at Kettering University created by Mark Gellis includes useful materials on teaching and research in rhetoric and composition:

Composition Course Database Browser provides a set of links to a wide range of composition courses, including some by leading scholars:

Ethical Spectacle includes resources on topical political and ethical issues ranging from environmental to gay issues:

This Composition and Rhetoric Database was kept up until 2001by Lee Honeycutt:

Rich Haswell's Compile is a searchable database of almost 57,000 works in rhetoric and composition, including major journals and edited collections up to about 1999:

The Communication Department at the University of Iowa includes one of the richest sets of links in rhetorical and cultural studies that I know of, including links on a range of major cultural theorists that are valuable to get oriented to their works:

New Social Movement Network:

Websites for most relevant journals:

JAC (formerly the Journal of Advanced Composition) is a leading journal in rhetorical and cultural theory (includes mostly tables of contents):

Rhetoric Society Quarterly is published by the Rhetoric Society of America, perhaps the leading organization in historical scholarship (includes tables of contents and abstracts):

Rhetoric Review (includes tables of contents):

Rhetorica is the journal of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric: 

The online journal Workplace provides one of the best leftist perspectives on rhetoric and composition, including critiques of labor practices and interviews with such influential figures as Richard Ohmann: