The History and Theory of Rhetoric

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  • Copyright: 2008-06-06
  • Publisher: Pearson
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The History and Theory of Rhetoric offers an accessible discussion of the history of rhetorical studies in the Western tradition, from ancient Greece to contemporary American and European theorists.The origins and history of rhetoric, Plato, Aristotle, Roman society and rhetoric, rhetoric in Christian Europe, rhetoric in the Renaissance, Enlightenment rhetorics, and contemporary rhetoric issues.Rhetorical theory and history.

Table of Contents

An Overview of Rhetoric
Rhetoric and Persuasion
Defining Rhetoric
Rhetorical Discourse
Social Functions of the Art of Rhetoric
The Origins and Early History of Rhetoric
The Rise of Rhetoric in Ancient Greece
The Sophists
Two Influential Sophists
Aspasia's Role in Athenian Rhetoric
Plato vs. the Sophists: Rhetoric on Trial
Plato'sGorgias: Rhetoric on Trial
Rhetoric in Plato'sPhaedrus: A True Art?
Aristotle on Rhetoric
Aristotle's Definitions of Rhetoric
Three Rhetorical Settings
The Artistic Proofs
The Topoi or Lines of Argument
Aristotle on Style
Rhetoric at Rome
Roman Society and the Place of Rhetoric
The Rhetorical Theory of Cicero
Longinus: On the Sublime
Rhetoric in the Later Roman Empire
Rhetoric in Christian Europe
Rhetoric, Tension, and Fragmentation
Rhetoric and the Medieval Curriculum
Rhetoric in the Early Middle Ages: Augustine, Capella, and Boethius
St. Augustine
Martianus Capella
Three Rhetorical Arts in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries
The Art of Preaching
The Art of Letter Writing
The Art of Poetry
Rhetoric in the Renaissance
Features of Renaissance Rhetoric
Lorenzo Valla: Retrieving the Rhetorical Tradition
Women and Renaissance Rhetoric
Italian Humanism: A Catalyst for Rhetoric's Expansion
Rhetoric as Personal and Political Influence
Humanism, Rhetoric, and the Study of Classical Texts
Petrarch and the Origins of Italian Humanism
Pico della Mirandola and the Magic of Language
Juan Luis Vives
Rhetoric and theVita Activa
Madame de Scudery
The Turn toward Dialectic: Rhetoric and Its Critics
Renaissance Rhetorics in Britain
Enlightenment Rhetorics
Vico on Rhetoric and Human Thought
British Rhetorics in the Eighteenth Century
The Elocutionary Movement
The Scottish School
Richard Whately's Classical Rhetoric
Contemporary Rhetoric I: Argument, Audiences, and Advocacy
Argumentation and Rational Discourse
Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca: A New Rhetoric
Stephen Toulmin and the Uses of Argument
Argumentation and Scientific Inquiry
Deirdre McCloskey and the Rhetoric of Economics
Clifford Geertz and Rhetoric in Anthropology
Michael Billig and the Rhetoric of Social Psychology
John Campbell on the Rhetoric of Charles Darwin
Criticisms of the Rhetoric of Science
Contemporary Rhetoric II: As Equipment for Living
Rhetoric in Its Social Context: The Dramatic and Situational Views
Kenneth Burke and Rhetoric as Symbolic Action
Lloyd Bitzer and Rhetoric as Situational
Rhetoric as Narration
Mikhail Bakhtin and the Polyphonic Novel
Wayne Booth and the Rhetoric of Fiction
Jurgen Habermas and the Conditions of Rational Discourse
Contemporary Rhetoric III: Texts, Power, and Alternatives
Michael Foucault: Discourse, Knowledge, and Power
Jacques Derrida: Texts, Meanings, and Deconstruction
Richard Weaver: Rhetoric and the Preservation of Culture
Feminism and Rhetoric: Critique and Reform in Rhetoric
George Kennedy and Comparative Rhetoric
All chapters conclude with Conclusion
Questions for Review
Questions for Discussio and Terms
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