Required Texts  The following books are required in this course.

Donna Gorrell. Style and Difference. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0618381593

Christopher Johnson. Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little. New York: Norton, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-0393341812

Noah Lukeman. A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation. New York: Norton, 2007 ISBN-13: 978-0393329803

Stanley Fish. How to Write a Sentence, and How to Read One. New York: Harper, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-0061840531

Steven Pinker. The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. New York: Penguin-Viking, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-0241180020

Other reading may be necessary. There are innumerable resources in the Mason Library For example, you may want to refer to particular style guides (for instance, the notorious Strunk and White) for historical perspective on style and usage. There are also useful web materials that we may use in our work this semester.

Selected Resources on Style The following works are Donna Gorrell’s recommendations for further reading on style

Beardsley, Monroe. “Style and Good Style.” In Contemporary Essays on Style. Ed. Glen A. Love and Michael Payne. Glenview IL: Scott, Foresman, 1969

Chatman, Seymour ed. Literary Style: A Symposium. New York: Oxford, 1971

Corbett, Edward P. J. “Approaches to the Study of Style.” In Teaching Composition: Twelve Bibliographic Essays. Ed. Gary Tate. Fort Worth: Texas Christian UP, 1987

Crew, Louie. “Rhetorical Beginnings: Professional and Amateur.” College Composition and Communication 38 (Oct. 1987): 346-50

Elbow, Peter. “Reflections on Academic Discourse: How It Relates to Freshmen and Colleagues.” College English 53 (Feb. 1991): 135-55

Fleischauer, John F. “James Baldwin’s Style A Prospectus for the Classroom.” College Composition and Communication 26 (May 1975): 141-48

_____. “Teaching Prose Style Analysis: One Method.” Style 9 (Winter 1975): 92-102

Gibson, Walker. Tough, Sweet, and Stuffy. Bloomington: Indiana U P, 1966

Graves, Richard L. “A Primer for Teaching Style.” College Composition and Communication 25 (May 1974): 186-90

Halloran, S. Michael. “On Making Choices, Sartorial and Rhetorical.” College Composition and Communication 29.4 (Dec. 1978): 369-371

Hartwell, Patrick. “Grammar, Grammars, and the Teaching of Grammar.” College English 47 (Feb. 1985): 105-27

Hausseman, Brock. Revising the Rules: Traditional Grammar and Modern Linguistics. 2nd ed. Dubuque IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1997

Hjortshoj, Keith. Understanding Writing Blocks. New York: Oxford, 2001.

Horner, Bruce. “Rethinking the ‘Sociality’ of Error: Teaching Editing as Negotiation.” Rhetoric Review 11 (1992): 172-99

Kline, Charles R. Jr., and W. Dean Memering. “Formal Fragments: The English Minor Sentence.” Research in the Teaching of English 11 (Fall 1977): 97-110

Lanham, Richard. Style: An Anti-Textbook. New Haven: Yale U P, 1974

Love, Glen, and Michael Payne, eds. Contemporary Essays on Style: Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Criticism. Glenview, IL: Scott Foresman, 1969

Milic, Louis T. “Rhetorical Choice and Stylistic Option: The Conscious and Unconscious Poles.” In Literary Style: A Symposium. Ed. Seymour Chatman: New York: Oxford, 1971

_____, ed. Stylists on Style: A Handbook with Selections for Analysis. New York: Scribner’s, 1969

Nilsen, Alleen Pace. “Why Keep Searching When It’s Already Their? Reconsidering Everybody’s Pronoun Problem.” English Journal March 2001: 68-73

Rankin, Elizabeth. “Revitalizing Style: Toward a New Theory and Pedagogy.” Freshman English News 14 (Spring 1985): 8-13

Sebeok, Thomas L., ed. Style in Language. Boston: MIT Press, 1960

Sloan, Gary. “Frequency of Errors in Essays by College Freshmen and by Professional Writers.” College Composition and Communication 41.3 (Oct. 1990): 299-308

Smith, Frank. “Reading Like a Writer.” Joining the Literacy Club: Further Essays into Education. Portsmouth NH: Heinemann, 1988

_____. Writing and the Writer. New York: Holt, 1982

Strunk, William Jr., and E. B. White. The Elements of Style, 4th ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000

VandeKopple, William. “Some Exploratory Discourse on Metadiscourse.” College Composition and Communication 36 (1985): 82-93

Weathers, Winston, and Otis Winchester. Copy and Compose: A Guide to Prose Style. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1969

Weathers, Winston. “Teaching Style: A Possible Anatomy.” College Composition and Communication 21 (May 1970): 144-49

Williams, Joseph M. “The Phenomenology of Error.” College Composition and Communication 32.2 (May 1981): 152-168

Zuber, Sharon, and Ann M. Reed.” The Politics of Grammar Handbooks: Generic He and Singular They.” College English 55.5 (Sept. 1993): 515-529


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