The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric

The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric

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Culminating a decade of conferences that have explored presidential speech, "The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric" assesses progress and suggests directions for both the practice of presidential speech and its study. In Part One, following an analytic review of the field by Martin Medhurst, contributors address the state of the art in their own areas of expertise. Roderick P. Hart then summarizes their work in the course of his rebuttal of an argument made by political scientist George Edwards: that presidential rhetoric lacks political impact. Part Two of the volume consists of the forward-looking reports of six task forces, comprising more than forty scholars, charged with outlining the likely future course of presidential rhetoric, as well as the major questions scholars should ask about it and the tools at their disposal. "The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric" will serve as a pivotal work for students and scholars of public discourse and the presidency who seek to understand the shifting landscape of American political leadership.show more

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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 162.56 x 241.3 x 35.56mm | 771.1g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • index
  • 1585446262
  • 9781585446261

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"The essays are all outstanding. Written by seasoned, insightful critics, they exemplify the best contemporary scholarship on presidential rhetoric being done today...Any one with a serious interest in presidential rhetoric, any presidential scholars for that matter, will appreciate this work. The ability of the authors to probe theoretical/critical issues with such technical sophistication while producing a book tha can be read with understanding and profit across disciplines is most impressive."--James R. Andrews, Communication and Culture, American Studies, Indiana Universityshow more

About James Arnt Aune

JAMES ARNT AUNE, a professor of communication at Texas A&M University, is the coeditor of one previous volume in the Presidential Rhetoric Series, Civil Rights Rhetoric and the American Presidency (2005), and the author of several other books on rhetoric. MARTIN J. MEDHURST is the founding editor of the Presidential Rhetoric Series and the prime mover behind the ten conferences on that topic held at Texas A&M University as a program of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. This volume is the outgrowth of the last of those conferences. Medhurst is now a Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Baylor University.show more

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