Purpose & Guidelines:
Sharon Crowley, in Ancient Rhetoric for Contemporary Students, informs us that “[i]n pre-modern times, most rhetors kept written collections of copied passages; these were called florilegia (flowers of reading) in medieval times, and commonplace books during the Renaissance and into the eighteenth century” (250; emphasis in original; qtd in Micciche). Furthering the point, in her “Making a Case for Rhetorical Grammar,” Laura Micciche explains that “Commonplace books encourage students to read and analyze texts as skillfully crafted documents that convey and perform different kinds of meanings—among them, aesthetic, rhetorical, and political” (724).
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Mostly you will earn points for completion and thought, and if I have given a specific goal for that week’s exhibit, you should obviously aim to fulfill that goal.
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