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The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies

The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies

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October 2008 | 712 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies surveys the latest advances in rhetorical scholarship, synthesizing theories and practices across major areas of study in the field and pointing the way for future studies. Edited by Andrea A. Lunsford and Associate Editors Kirt H. Wilson and Rosa A. Eberly, the Handbook aims to introduce a new generation of students to rhetorical study and provide a deeply informed and ready resource for scholars currently working in the field.

Key Features:
  • Brings together scholars from across the disciplines of Speech, Communication, English, and Writing Studies. While rhetoric is by definition interdisciplinary, self-identified scholars in the field are most often institutionally separated from one another. This Handbook bridges this divide by providing a refreshing range of transdisciplinary views on the nature, status, definition, and scope of rhetoric today.
  • Offers a thorough-going overview of rhetorical studies today. Organized in four sections—Historical Studies in Rhetoric; Rhetoric Across the Disciplines; Rhetoric and Pedagogy, and Rhetoric and Public Discourse—the volume provides a single resource for engaging rhetorical studies.
  • Underscores the importance of rhetoric to education across a wide range of disciplines as well as to effective participation in public arenas. Thus the volume connects rhetoric's long teaching tradition to an activist agenda for informed civic engagement.
  • Addresses methodological and theoretical difficulties and offers means of negotiating them.
  • Provides one of the first introductions to rhetorical studies across cultures and to the related debates concerning comparative and contrastive rhetorics.

C. Jan Swearingen and Edward Schiappa
Introduction: Historical and Comparative Rhetorical Studies: Revisionist Methods and Directions
Arthur E. Walzer and David Beard
1. Historiography and the Study of Rhetoric
Richard Leo Enos
2. Rhetorical Archaeology: Established Resources, Methodological Tools, and Basic Research Methods
Christine Mason Sutherland
3. Medieval and Renaissance Rhetorical Studies of Women
Lynee Lewis Gaillet and Elizabeth Tasker
4. Recovering, Revisioning, and Regendering the History of 18th- and 19th-Century Rhetorical Theory and Practice
James Arnt Aune
5. Coping With Modernity: Strategies of 20th-Century Rhetorical Theory
Frans H. van Eemeren
6. The Study of Argumentation
Margaret D. Zulick
7. Rhetoric of Religion: A Map of the Territory
Kate Ronald
8. Feminist Perspectives on the History of Rhetoric
Sue Hum and Arabella Lyon
9. Recent Advances in Comparative Rhetoric
John Lyne and Carolyn R. Miller
Introduction: Rhetoric, Disciplinarity, and Fields of Knowledge
Jeanne Fahnestock
10. The Rhetoric of the Natural Sciences
Edward M. Clift
11. The Rhetoric of Economics
Don Bialostosky
12. Rhetoric in Literary Criticism and Theory
Judy Z. Segal
13. Rhetoric of Health and Medicine
Gordon R. Mitchell
14. Rhetoric and International Relations: More Than 'Cheap Talk'
Julie Thompson Klein
15. The Rhetoric of Interdisciplinarity: Boundary Work in the Construction of New Knowledge
Cheryl Glenn and Martin Carcasson
Introduction: Rhetoric as Pedagogy
Bruce Horner and Min-Zhan Lu
16. Rhetoric and (?) Composition
Jarrod Atchison and Ed Panetta
17. Intercollegiate Debate and Speech Communication: Historical Developments and Issues for the Future
Morris Young and Connie Kendall
18. The Consequences of Rhetoric and Literacy: Power, Persuasion, and Pedagogical Implications
Joyce Irene Middleton
19. Echoes frmo the Past: Learning How to Listen, Again
Wendy B. Sharer
20. Civic Participation and the Undergraduate Curriculum
Brian L. Ott and Greg Dickinson
21. Visual Rhetoric and/as Critical Pedagogy
Roxanne Mountford
22. A Century After the Divorce: Challenges To a Rapprochement Between Speech Communication and English
Kirt Wilson and Rosa A. Eberly
Introduction: The Common Goods of Public Discourse
David Zarefsky
23. History of Public Discourse Studies
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell and Zornitsa D. Keremidchieva
24. Race, Sex, and Class in Rhetorical Criticism
Gerard A. Hauser and Maria T. Hegbloom
25. Rhetoric and Critical Theory: Possibillities for Rapprochement in Public Deliberation
Laura J. Gurak and Smiljana Antonijevic
26. Digital Rhetoric and Public Discourse
Stephen Howard Browne
27. Arts of Address in Revolutionary America
Angela G. Ray
28. Explosive Words and Glimmers of Hope: U.S. Public Discourse, 1860-1900
Thomas W. Benson
29. For the Common Good: Rhetoric and Discourse Practices in the United States, 1900-1950
James Darsey and Josh Ritter
30. Religious Voices in American Public Discourse
Vanessa B. Beasley
31. Between Touchstones and Touch Screens: What Counts as Contemporary Political Rhetoric?
Robert Cox and Christina R. Foust
32. Social Movement Rhetoric

"Imagine four separate critical anthologies, all excellent and useful, each devoted to a specialized subject area within a broad disciplinary topic, and each containing a useful survey of the subject's historical context and intellectual pedigree and a brief introduction to the ensuing articles that demonstrate the current thinking within the field from a variety of useful perspectives. Combine these hypothetical titles into a single volume, add a statement of scope and purpose that combines personal history with an excellent survey of the intellectual and academic milieu out of which the specialized subjects arose, and one has the present title. Lunsford (Stanford), Wilson (Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities), and Eberly (Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park) offer 32 chapters in four divisions: "Historical Studies in Rhetoric," "Rhetoric across the Disciplines," "Rhetoric and Pedagogy," and "Rhetoric and Public Discourse." The many contributors remind the reader that rhetoric today is an ever-expanding, inclusive subject best characterized as an interdisciplinary creature ranging freely across (and even beyond) the fields of English, composition and writing, and communications. In its theory and applied practice, rhetoric has become something greater than the Greeks imagined, something better identified as meta-rhetoric, unlimited by its current conception and reevaluation of what "rhetorical" means. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty."

A.P. Church
Dickinson State University
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