Conflation of rhetorical traditions: The formation of modern Chinese writing instruction

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In his recent studies on classical Chinese text structures and contemporary Chinese composition textbooks, Andy Kirkpatrick claims that Mainland Chinese students are taught to write Chinese compositions in contemporary "Anglo-American" rhetorical style. This paper examines the historical formation of modern Chinese writing instruction and argues that the introduction of Western rhetoric into China in the beginning of the twentieth century did enrich modern Chinese rhetoric through, for example, Western scientific rhetoric(s); but more importantly, together with other historical forces, it helped to revitalize and retrieve the extremely rich Chinese rhetorical tradition in modern Chinese writing instruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-169
Number of pages20
JournalRhetoric Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 14 2005


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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