Rhetorical Refusals: Defying Audiences' Expectations

  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-11-20
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr
  • Purchase Benefits
  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $38.00 Save up to $0.38
  • Buy New
    Add to Cart Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?


The first book to explore rhetorical refusals-instances in which speakers and writers deliberately flout the conventions of rhetoric and defy their audiences' expectations-Rhetorical Refusals: Defying Audiences' Expectations challenges the reader to view these acts of rebellion as worthy of deeper analysis than they are commonly accorded, as rhetorical refusals can simultaneously reveal unspoken assumptions behind the very conventions they challenge, while also presenting new rhetorical strategies.

Author Biography

John Schilb is Culbertson Chair of Writing and an associate professor of English at Indiana University. He is the author of Between the Lines:  Relating Composition Theory and Literary Theory.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Toward a Method of Analysis and Evaluation
Studying Rhetorical Refusals: Basic Principlesp. 27
Evaluating Rhetorical Refusals: Categories and Criteriap. 43
Croce's Refusal as a Test Case for Evaluationp. 61
Rhetorical Refusals and American Traditions
Agents, "Truth," and Saliencep. 77
When a Refusal's Context Changesp. 114
The Embedding of a Rhetorical Refusalp. 141
A Literary Rhetorical Refusalp. 158
Conclusionp. 177
Notesp. 183
Works Citedp. 187
Indexp. 199
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review