The Routledge Reader in Rhetorical Criticism

The Routledge Reader in Rhetorical Criticism

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Bringing together 50 key readings on rhetorical criticism in a single accessible format, The Rhetorical Criticism Reader furnishes instructors with an ideal resource for teaching and practicing the art of rhetorical criticism. Unlike existing readers and textbooks, which rely on cookie-cutter approaches to rhetorical criticism, The Rhetorical Criticism Reader organizes the field conceptually, allowing teachers and students to grapple with the enduring issues and debates surrounding criticism over the past 50 years.

The readings are organized into four sections, each representing key conceptual issues and debates in rhetorical criticism: critic/purpose, object/method, theory/practice, and audience/consequentiality. Each section is preceded by an introductory essay that puts the readings into context. For added flexibility, an alternative table of contents is also included for instructors and students to customize their teaching and reading.

Intended for upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetorical criticism, The Rhetorical Criticism Reader uniquely lends itself to thoughtful discussion of the role of the critic in the critical process. It assists readers not only in learning the tools of criticism, but also in reflecting on the values that underlie the critical endeavor.
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  • Hardback | 826 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 44.45mm | 1,588g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Follow Reader B - That's the Joint; 1 Tables, black and white
  • 0415517540
  • 9780415517546
  • 2,557,498

Table of contents

Part I: Critic/Purpose

Must We All Be 'Rhetorical Critics'? Barnet Baskerville

Criticism Ephemeral and Enduring, Karlyn Kohrs Campbell

Another Shooting in Cowtown, Thomas W. Benson

Rhetoric, Society and the Critical Response, Philip Wander and Steven Jenkins

Rhetorical Criticism as Moral Action, James F. Klumpp and Thomas A. Hollihan

Communication, Social Justice, and Joyful Commitment, Stephen John Hartnett

Leff in Context: What is a Critic's Role? Barbara Warnick

The Critic as Empath: Moving Away from Totalizing Theory, Celeste Michelle Condit

Criticism and Authority in the Artistic Mode, Bonnie J. Dow

Rethinking Critical Voice: Materiality and Situated Knowledges, Julia T. Wood and Robert Cox

"Voice" and "Voicelessness" in Rhetorical Studies, Eric King Watts

Performing Critical Interruptions: Stories, Rhetorical Inventions, and Environmental Justice Movement, Phaedra C. Pezzullo

Part II: Object/Method

Gettsyburg and Silence, Edwin Black

Words the Most Like Things: Iconicity and the Rhetorical Text, Michael Leff and Andrew Sachs

Text, Context, and the Fragmentation of Contemporary Culture, Michael Calvin McGee

Object and Method in Rhetorical Criticism: From Wichelns to Leff and McGee, Dilip Parameshwar Gaonkar

Literature as Equipment for Living, Kenneth Burke

Accidental Rhetoric: The Root Metaphors of Three Mile Island, Thomas B. Farrell and G. Thomas Goodnight

Fantasy and Rhetorical Vision: The Rhetorical Criticism of Social Reality, Ernest G. Bormann

Refitting Fantasy: Psychoanalysis, Subjectivity, and Talking to the Dead, Joshua Gunn

The Rhetoric of the American Western Myth, Janice Hocker Rushing

Spaces of Remembering and Forgetting: The Reverent Eye/I at the Plains Indian Museum, Greg Dickinson, Brian L. Ott, and Eric Aoki

Memory and Reconciliation at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Victoria J. Gallagher

Show/Down Time: "Race," Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture, Thomas K. Nakayama

From Public Sphere to Public Screen: Democracy, Activisim, and the "Violence" of Seattle, Kevin Michael DeLuca and Jennifer Peeples

Part III: Theory/Practice

On Viewing Rhetoric as Epistemic, Robert Scott

Rhetoric as a Way of Being, Thomas W. Benson

Critical Models in the Analysis of Discourse, Thomas B. Farrell

Knowledge Claims in Rhetorical Criticism, David Zarefsky

Rhetorical Theory as Heuristic and Moral: A Pedagogical Justification, Barry Brummett

Constitutive Rhetoric: The Case of the Peuple Quebecois, Maurice Charland

Critical Rhetoric: Theory and Praxis, Raymie E. McKerrow

The Critique of Vernacular Discourse, Kent A. Ono and John M. Sloop

The Materiality of Discourse as Oxymoron: A Challenge to Critical Rhetoric, Dana L. Cloud

Another Materialist Rhetoric, Ronald Walter Greene

Nietzsche and the Aesthetics of Rhetoric, Steve Whitson and John Poulakos

Cinema and Choric Connection: Lost in Translation as Sensual Experience, Brian L. Ott and Diane Keeling

Part IV: Audience/Consequentiality

The Second Persona, Edwin Black

The Third Persona: An Ideological Turn in Rhetorical Theory, Philip C. Wander

Contextual Twilight/Critical Liminality: J.M Barrie's Courage at St. Andrews, 1922, Charles E. Morris III

The Rhetorical Limits of Polysemy, Celeste Michelle Condit

Polysemy: Multiple Meanings in Rhetorical Criticism, Leah Ceccareli

The Spectacular Consumption of "True" African America Culture: "Wassup" with the Budweiser Guys? Eric King Watts and Mark P. Orbe

Vernacular Dialogue and the Rhetoricality of Public Opinion, Gerard A. Hauser

Out-Law Discourse: The Critical Politics of Material Judgment, John M. Sloop and Kent A. Ono

Enacting Red Power: The Consummatory Function in Native American Protest Rhetoric, Randall Lake

Creating Discursive Space through a Rhetoric of Difference: Chicana Feminists Craft a Homeland, Lisa A. Flores

Reflections on Criticism and Bodies: Parables from Public Places, Carole Blair

No Time for Mourning: The Rhetorical Production of the Melancholic Citizen-Subject in the War on Terror, Barbara Biesecker

The Rhetorical Ritual of Citizenship: Women's Voting as Public Performance, 1868-1875, Angela G. Ray
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"An inspired conversation between reflections on the activity of criticism and models of exemplary criticism, The Routledge Reader in Rhetorical Criticism provides a superb introduction to the key theoretical debates in rhetorical criticism."

Sonja K. Foss, Department of Communication, University of Colorado - Denver

"Dickinson and Ott's reader on rhetorical criticism features 50 thoughtfully selected essays, which exemplify several accomplished critics' conceptually-driven, generative practices for criticism of public advocacy, while exploring the intricate relationships between theory and practice. Offering a conversational and dialogic orientation to rhetorical criticism as an alternative to a methods approach, The Routledge Reader in Rhetorical Criticism is an exceptional resource for teaching criticism to graduate students and advanced undergraduates."

Lester C. Olson, Professor of Communication and Women's Studies & Chancellor's Distinguished Teacher, University of Pittsburgh
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About Brian Ott

Brian L. Ott is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Greg Dickinson is Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University.
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