Rhetorical Criticism

Rhetorical Criticism : Perspectives in Action

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Covering a broad range of rhetorical perspectives, Rhetorical Criticism: Perspectives in Action presents a thorough, accessible, and well-grounded introduction to rhetorical criticism. Throughout the text, sample essays written by noted experts provide students with models for writing their own criticism. In addition to covering traditional modes of rhetorical criticism, the volume presents less commonly discussed rhetorical perspectives (for example, close-textual analysis, mythic criticism, framing analysis, ideographic criticism, concept oriented criticism, and critical rhetoric), exposing student to a wide range of material. Featuring nineteen chapters, all written by leading rhetoric scholars, the volume offers the most comprehensive introduction to rhetorical criticism available. Features: The chapters are written by a nationally recognized scholar in that area, giving students the best and most current research for each perspective. Each chapter includes an original sample essay that gives students a model of rhetorical criticism for their own assignments. Each author comments on his or her writing process to demonstrate the personal nature of criticism.
This unique emphasis allows students to appreciate that writing criticism is not a simple formulaic process. Every chapter features a "Potentials and Pitfalls" section that highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the rhetorical perspective being discussed.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 396 pages
  • 182.88 x 261.62 x 27.94mm | 997.9g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 073912773X
  • 9780739127735

About Jim A. Kuypers

Jim A. Kuypers is a member of the Department of Communication at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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Table of contents

Part 1 Editor's Foreword Chapter 2 1. What is Rhetoric? Chapter 3 2. Rhetorical Criticism as Art Chapter 4 3. On Objectivity and Politics in Criticism Chapter 5 4. The Rhetorical Situation Chapter 6 5. The Traditional Perspective Chapter 7 6. Close Textual Analysis: Approaches and Applications Chapter 8 7. Generic Criticism Chapter 9 8. Criticism of Metaphor Chapter 10 9. The Narrative Perspective Chapter 11 10. Kenneth Burke's Dramatic Form Criticism Chapter 12 11. Kenneth Burke's Pedantic Criticism: The Wheels of Creation Chapter 13 12. Framing Analysis Chapter 14 13. The Fantasy Theme Perspective Chapter 15 14. The Mythic Perspective Chapter 16 15. Feminist Criticism Chapter 17 16. Ideographical Criticism Chapter 18 17. Critical Rhetoric Chapter 19 18. Conceptually Oriented Criticism Chapter 20 19. Eclectic Criticism
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