Rhetorical Criticism : Exploration and Practice

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  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
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Rhetorical critics suggest how to use symbols more effectively, how to communicate in more self-reflective ways, and how to construct messages that best accomplish intended goals. Familiarity with the processes of rhetorical criticism contributes to more effective communication with our friends and families, in the decoration of our homes and offices, in the choices we make about our dress, and in our efforts to present our ideas at school or at work.
Knowledge of the operation of rhetoric improves our skills as audience members for messages. When we understand the various options available to rhetors in the construction of messages and how they function together to create the effects they produce, we are able to question the choices others make in the construction of acts and artifacts. We are less inclined to accept existing rhetorical practices and to respond uncritically to the messages we encounter. As a result, we become more engaged and active participants in shaping the nature of the worlds in which we live.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The nature of rhetorical criticismp. 3
Doing rhetorical criticismp. 11
Neo-Aristotelian criticism : genesis of rhetorical criticismp. 25
Sample essaysp. 33
Conventional wisdom - traditional form - the President's message of November 3, 1969p. 35
The power of Saddam Hussein's war rhetoricp. 56
Critical approachesp. 67
Cluster criticismp. 69
Sample essaysp. 75
The Hay-Wain : cluster analysis in visual communicationp. 78
A cluster analysis of Enron's code of ethicsp. 94
Construction of an enemy in George W. Bush's state of the union speechp. 101
Fantasy-theme criticismp. 109
Sample essaysp. 116
Narrative analysis of sexual etiquette in teenage magazinesp. 118
Coping with loss : U2's "one tree hill"p. 136
The sociopolitical messages of graffiti artp. 140
Feminist criticismp. 151
Sample essaysp. 161
"Ladybug picnic" : engendering pyrophobia and promethean desirep. 163
Judy Chicago's The dinner party : empowering of women's voice in visual artp. 168
Americanizing gay parents : a feminist analysis of Daddy's roommatep. 182
Generic criticismp. 193
Sample essaysp. 202
Family photographs : a generic descriptionp. 205
Beauty in conflict : discussion on artp. 212
"A time of shame and sorrow" : Robert F. Kennedy and the American jeremiadp. 219
Ideological criticismp. 239
Sample essaysp. 248
Civilized colonialism : Pocahantas as neocolonial rhetoricp. 253
Cyber ideology : an ideological criticism of the UNICEF, UNAIDS, and UNFPA web sitesp. 272
A tale of two ideologies : Winona LaDuke's vice presidential nomination acceptance speechp. 280
Metaphor Criticismp. 299
Sample essaysp. 305
Indigestible food, conquering hordes, and waste materials : metaphors of immigrants and the early immigration restriction debate in the United Statesp. 307
Making the familiar foreign : dissent and metaphor surrounding the Iraq Warp. 320
Architectural metaphor as subversion : the Portland buildingp. 325
Narrative criticismp. 333
Sample essaysp. 341
The rhetorical power of a compelling story : a critique of a "toughlove" parental support groupp. 344
The model minority myth of Asian Americans in 1966 : a narrative criticismp. 356
Boy story 2 : a narrative analysisp. 377
Pentadic criticismp. 383
Sample essaysp. 390
A pentadic analysis of Senator Edward Kennedy's address to the people of Massachusetts July 25, 1969p. 392
A pentadic analysis of the CRACK web sitep. 401
Teddy bears at Greenham commonp. 407
Generative criticismp. 411
Sample essaysp. 430
Haunting Argentina : synecdoche in the protests of the mothers of the Plaza de Mayop. 431
Star of fear, star of hope : North Star to reach realityp. 455
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