The Rhetoric of RHETORIC : The Quest for Effective Communication
Written by Wayne Booth, author of the seminal book, The Rhetoric of Fiction (1961).
Explores the consequences of bad rhetoric in education, in politics, and in the media.
Investigates the possibility of reducing harmful conflict by practising a rhetoric that depends on deep listening by both sides.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 152 x 226 x 8mm | 340.2g
- 05 Nov 2004
- John Wiley and Sons Ltd
- Blackwell Publishing Ltd
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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About Wayne C. Booth
The Rhetoric of Fiction (1961),
A Rhetoric of Irony (1974),
Critical Understanding (1979),
The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction (1988),
The Craft of Research (with Williams and Colomb, 1994), and
For the Love of It: Amateuring and Its Rivals (1999). Like most of his publications, his teaching has concentrated on diverse ways of improving human communication.
Back cover copy
After exploring and combating the various pejorative definitions of "rhetoric" and briefly tracing its history, Booth explores the consequences of bad rhetoric in education, in politics, and in the media. A few cures for bad rhetoric are offered, and a final chapter investigates the possibility of reducing harmful conflict by practicing a rhetoric that depends on deep listening by both sides. The key example used is the warfare between science and religion.
Table of contents
Part I Rhetoric s Status: Up, Down, and Up?.
1 How Many Rhetorics ?.
2 A Condensed History of Rhetorical Studies.
3 Judging Rhetoric.
4 Some Major Rescuers.
Part II The Need for Rhetorical Studies Today.
5 The Fate of Rhetoric in Education.
6 The Threats of Political Rhetrickery.
7 Media Rhetrickery.
Part III Reducing Rhetorical Warfare.
8 Can Rhetorology Yield More Than a Mere Truce, in Any of Our Wars ?.
Index of Names and Titles.
Index of Subjects