This fall I get to teach our topics in composition studies course, in both Macomb and the QC. So, style! I’m thinking about the following texts:
- Start with excerpts from Queneau, Exercises in Style, and excerpts from rhetorical texts which show evolution in thinking style (Aristotle, Demetrius, Meacham, Sprat, Abbott, Genung).
- Look at some style guides: Gibaldi, MLA Style Manual; the Chicago Manual of Style, Lynch & Horton’s Web Style Guide.
- Academic books about style: Thomas and Turner, Clear and Simple as the Truth; Hebdige, Subculture: The Meaning of Style.
- Some how-to-write books which focus on style: Joe Williams, Style; Strunkenwhite, The Elements of Style.
- A few which cross these lines: Postrel, The Substance of Style; Madden, 99 Ways to Tell a Story.
- Fashion, too; Destiny’s Style and/or Effortless Style. The former appeals because of the connections to music; the latter for its “how-to” content.
I don’t think I’m going to do much with style-as-in-CSS since I bang that drum in other courses. Maybe I’ll present an essay or two which discusses the form/content separation of XHTML/CSS; if students want to work with that for projects, I’ll be ready.