Novantiqua : Rhetorics as a Contemporary Theory

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This is an important book: original, erudite, useful and ambitious." -Quarterly Journal of SpeechA remarkable book... sure to be of lasting interest... to be reckoned with by all rhetorical theorists." -ChoiceThis is the first contemporary attempt at a holistic theory of rhetoric, well grounded in the context of cultural and social history. Arguing that rhetoric has always been an independent, objective, essential factor in human interaction, Valesio views it as coextensive with human speech in use.
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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 162.56 x 231.14 x 35.56mm | 748.42g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253110556
  • 9780253110558

Table of contents

PrefaceI. What and Why: The Ontology1.1 The Problem1.2 The Field of RhetoricII. The Commonplace as the Common Place2.1 The Aristotelian Dilemma2.2 The Rhetoric of AntirhetoricIII. Rhetoric, Ideology, and Dialectic3.1 The Rock Bottom3.2 Strategies and Tactics3.3 The Tortuous Path to Dialectic3.4 The Nature of Dialectic3.5 Structures and DiscontinuitiesIV. The Structure of the Rheme4.1 The Thicket of Syntax4.2 At the Frontiers of Linguistics4.3 The Fragment4.4 The Metaphor4.5 The Critique of Ideologies4.6 Concluding PerspectiveNotesSelected Bibliography
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