Introduction to Rhetorical Theory

Author: Gerard A. Hauser
Publisher: Waveland Press
ISBN: 1478608943
Format: PDF
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In this highly accessible new edition, Hauser systematically provides a humanistic account of what transpires when people communicate for some purpose. His masterful blend of classical and contemporary thinking about the use of language and the value of symbolic inducements for social cooperation illuminates fundamental rhetorical precepts and their implications for shaping human realities. The new chapter on publics theory complements the four chapters that introduce the broad themes and issues essential for a rhetorical approach to communication. The new chapter on narrative theory bridges the four chapters devoted to the content of rhetoric and the concluding chapters that emphasize symbolic processes by which humans induce social cooperation and constitute social reality. Throughout the text, Hauser skillfully underscores the power of language to present a particular reality. He explores the fundamental relationship between public discourse and judgment, helping students understand the core of rhetorics civic function. Through relevant, current examples, he illustrates how knowledge and power shape our social and political practices and how both are formed through discourse.

Rhetorical Theory

Author: Timothy Borchers
Publisher: Waveland Press
ISBN: 1478637390
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From the moment we begin to understand the meanings of words and symbols, we have used rhetoric. It is how we determine perceptions of who we are, those around us, and the social structure in which we operate. Rhetorical Theory, Second Edition introduces a broad selection of classical and contemporary theoretical approaches to understanding and using rhetoric. Historical context reveals why rhetorical theories were created, while present-day examples demonstrate how they relate to the world in which we live. Borchers and Hundley present conceptual topics in a succinct and approachable manner. The text is organized topically rather than chronologically, so similarities and differences are easily detected in central ideas. Each chapter is enhanced by the inclusion of theorist biographies, applications of theory to practice, and Internet exercises. The Second Edition expands coverage on mediated rhetoric, feminist rhetoric, alternative rhetorical theories including Afrocentricity and intersectionality, cultural and critical rhetoric, and postmodern implications of rhetoric.

History and Theory of Rhetoric

Author: James A. Herrick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317347846
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The History and Theory of Rhetoric offers discussion of the history of rhetorical studies in the Western tradition, from ancient Greece to contemporary American and European theorists that is easily accessible to students. By tracing the historical progression of rhetoric from the Greek Sophists of the 5th Century B.C. all the way to contemporary studies–such as the rhetoric of science and feminist rhetoric–this comprehensive text helps students understand how persuasive public discourse performs essential social functions and shapes our daily worlds. Students gain conceptual framework for evaluating and practicing persuasive writing and speaking in a wide range of settings and in both written and visual media. Known for its clear writing style and contemporary examples throughout, The History and Theory of Rhetoric emphasizes the relevance of rhetoric to today's students.

Contemporary Rhetorical Theory

Author: John Louis Lucaites
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 9781572304017
Format: PDF, ePub
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This indispensable text brings together important essays on the themes, issues, and controversies that have shaped the development of rhetorical theory since the late 1960s. An extensive introduction and epilogue by the editors thoughtfully examine the current state of the field and its future directions, focusing in particular on how theorists are negotiating the tensions between modernist and postmodernist considerations. Each of the volume's eight main sections comprises a brief explanatory introduction, four to six essays selected for their enduring significance, and suggestions for further reading. Topics addressed include problems of defining rhetoric, the relationship between rhetoric and epistemology, the rhetorical situation, reason and public morality, the nature of the audience, the role of discourse in social change, rhetoric in the mass media, and challenges to rhetorical theory from the margins. An extensive subject index facilitates comparison of key concepts and principles across all of the essays featured.

Reading Rhetorical Theory

Author: Barry Brummett
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780155083042
Format: PDF, Kindle
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An anthology of original readings, Reading Rhetorical Theory uses selections from primary sources to track the history of thinking. Two features of this book enable it to stand apart from other texts on rhetorical theory. First, its unique mix of readings blends traditional authors such as Aristotle, Plato, and Kenneth Burke with popular modern authors such as Karlyn Kohrs Campbell. Second, the editorial introductions develop a consistent and unified perspective that allows for differing interpretations of rhetorical theory at the same time that it ties together the history of the subject. Reading Rhetorical Theory is appropriate in graduate or undergraduate courses that cover the history of rhetorical theory by using primary sources to track the history of thinking about human symbolic influence.

Introduction to Rhetorical Communication

Author: James C Mccroskey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131734717X
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An Introduction to Rhetorical Communication offers a true integration of rhetorical theory and social science approaches to public communication. This highly successful text guides students through message planning and presentation in an easy step-by-step process. An Introduction to Rhetorical Communication provides students with a solid grounding in the rhetorical tradition and the basis for developing effective messages.

Rethinking Rhetorical Theory Criticism and Pedagogy

Author: Antonio de Velasco
Publisher: MSU Press
ISBN: 1628952733
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What distinguishes the study of rhetoric from other pursuits in the liberal arts? From what realms of human existence and expression, of human history, does such study draw its defining character? What, in the end, should be the purposes of rhetorical inquiry? And amid so many competing accounts of discourse, power, and judgment in the contemporary world, how might scholars achieve these purposes through the attitudes and strategies that animate their work? Rethinking Rhetorical Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy: The Living Art of Michael C. Leff offers answers to these questions by introducing the central insights of one of the most innovative and prolific rhetoricians of the twentieth century, Michael C. Leff. This volume charts Leff ’s decades-long development as a scholar, revealing both the variety of topics and the approach that marked his oeuvre, as well as his long-standing critique of the disciplinary assumptions of classical, Hellenistic, renaissance, modern, and postmodern rhetoric. Rethinking Rhetorical Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy includes a synoptic introduction to the evolution of Leff ’s thought from his time as a graduate student in the late 1960s to his death in 2010, as well as specific commentary on twenty-four of his most illuminating essays and lectures.

Rhetoric and Composition

Author: Steven Lynn
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139788868
Format: PDF, ePub
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Rhetoric and composition is an academic discipline that informs all other fields in teaching students how to communicate their ideas and construct their arguments. It has grown dramatically to become a cornerstone of many undergraduate courses and curricula, and it is a particularly dynamic field for scholarly research. This book offers an accessible introduction to teaching and studying rhetoric and composition. By combining the history of rhetoric, explorations of its underlying theories, and a survey of current research (with practical examples and advice), Steven Lynn offers a solid foundation for further study in the field. Readers will find useful information on how students have been taught to invent and organize materials, to express themselves correctly and effectively, and how the ancient study of memory and delivery illuminates discourse and pedagogy today. This concise book thus provides a starting point for learning about the discipline that engages writing, thinking, and argument.

The Essential Guide to Rhetoric

Author: William M. Keith
Publisher: Bedford Books
ISBN: 9781319094195
Format: PDF
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The Essential Guide to Rhetoric is a useful tool for students who need a brief, topical introduction to the field of rhetoric. This concise book covers both classic and modern rhetorical theory for students and professors who want to gain a further understanding of rhetoric and its practical applications. This guide provides an easy-to-read, jargon-free look at rhetorical theory and how it can be used to supplement an education in communication and public speaking. This guide and other guides in the Essential Guide series were developed to complement a wide variety of communication texts and course needs, offering instructors flexible options to add additional content or emphasis areas to their courses. The Essential Guides can be purchased on their own, packaged at a discount with other Bedford/St.Martin's texts, or used as part of a custom option.

Contemporary Perspectives on Rhetoric

Author: Sonja K. Foss
Publisher: Waveland Press
ISBN: 1478622156
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The anniversary edition marks thirty years of offering an indispensable review and analysis of thinkers who have exerted a profound influence on contemporary rhetorical theory: I. A. Richards, Ernesto Grassi, Chaïm Perelman and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca, Stephen Toulmin, Richard Weaver, Kenneth Burke, Jürgen Habermas, bell hooks, Jean Baudrillard, and Michel Foucault. The brief biographical sketches locate the theorists in time and place, showing how life experiences influenced perspectives on rhetorical thought. The concise explanations of complex concepts are clear, engaging, insightful, and highly accessible, serving as an excellent primer for reading the major works of these scholars. The critical commentary is carefully chosen to highlight implications and to place the theories within a broader rhetorical context. Each chapter ends with a complete bibliography of works by the theorists.