The Emperor’s New Clothes

Literature, Literacy, and the Ideology of Style

This book should be read by every student of rhetoric and composition studies, for it is a superb, systematic, well-researched treatment of the fifth rhetorical domain, style.
Susan Miller, University of Utah

Since the Renaissance, what has been considered the “best” style of writing has always been connected with the dominant cultural agenda of the time. In this book, Kathryn Flannery offers a demystifying perspective on theorists who have argued for an essential distinction between “content” and “style,” and focuses on the importance of understanding written prose style as a cultural asset. She addresses the development of prose criticism, the evolution of English teaching, the history of Francis Bacon and Richard Hooker's writing, and a modern discourse on stylistics.

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Kathryn T. Flannery

Kathryn T. Flannery is professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Feminist Literacies: 1968Ð1975.

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