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Review of Donghong Liu and Keith Lloyd (Eds.). Rhetoric and Composition Studies, CCNU Press, P. R. China (2020). 218 pp

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Yue Ding  

Central China Normal University, China

Qiong Gan
Central China Normal University, China


Composition is inextricably linked to rhetoric. Composition-Rhetoric, a discipline which emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s in North America, embodies a modern view of rhetoric that places writing centrally in rhetorical work. Emphasizing the function of rhetoric as an underlying theory of composition, this field has drawn more and more attention from the academics in China in recent years. Nonetheless, until now, most textbooks on English writing in China have tended to focus merely on rudimentary composition training rather than on composition research and instruction. A book on the theory and practice of teaching English writing is very much needed by English majors and teachers who teach English writing in China. 


In this regard, Rhetoric and Composition Studies is a timely and crucial book. This book was co-authored by Donghong Liu, Professor of English from Central China Normal University and Keith Lloyd, Professor of English at Kent State University. Both of them have published many research papers in journals, including those enjoying international recognition, and are influential in their academic fields. The main research directions of Prof. Liu are rhetoric and composition studies, pragmatics and second language acquisition. The research interest of Prof. Lloyd lies in fields such as comparative rhetoric, feminist argumentation, and argumentation theory.