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The Ends of rhetoric : history, theory, practice / edited by John Bender and David E. Wellbery.


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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1990.
  • Book
  • xiv, 238 p. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-231) and index.
  • Preface-- Part I. Rhetoric Today: 1. Rhetoricality: on the modernist return of rhetoric John Bender and David E. Wellbery-- Part II. The Rhetoric of Tradition: 2. The crisis of performance Gregory Nagy-- 3. Metaphor and catachesis Patricia Parker-- Part III. Rhetoric, Reading, Writing: 4. On the one hand ... Jonathan Goldberg-- 5. Lurid figures Neil Hertz-- Part IV. The Analytic of Rhetoric: 6. Analytic speech: from restricted to general rhetoric Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen-- 7. Rhetoric and relevance Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson-- 8. The emancipation of rhetorical elements in art: from postmodernity to the technical era Walther Ch. Zimmerli-- Part V. Rhetoric and Interaction in America: 9. The ends of American puritan rhetoric Sacvan Bercovitch-- 10. The rhetoric of ethnic identity Richard Sennett-- Notes-- Index.
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Publisher's Summary:
The discipline of rhetoric - adapted through a wide range of reformulations to the specific requirements of Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance societies - dominated European education and discourse, whether public or private, for more than two thousand years. The end of classical rhetoric's domination was brought about by a combination of social and cultural transformations that occured between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Concurrent with the 'theory boom' of recent decades, rhetoric has appeared as a center of discussion in the humanities and social sciences. Rhetorical inquiry, as it is thought and practiced today, occurs in an interdisciplinary matrix that touches on philosophy, linguistics, communication studies, psychoanalysis, cognitive science, sociology, anthropology, and political theory. Rhetoric is now an area of study without accepted certainties, a territory not yet parceled into topical subdivisions, a mode of discourse that adheres to no fixed protocols. It is a noisy field in the cybernetic sense of the term: a fertile ground for creative innovation. This volume embodies the interdisciplinary character of rhetoric. The essays draw on wide-ranging conceptual resources, and combine historical, theoretical, and practical points of view. The contributors develop a variety of perspectives on the central concepts of rhetorical theory, on the work of some of its major proponents, and on the breaks and continuities of its history. The spectrum of thematic concern is broad, extending from the Greek polis to the multi-ethnic city of modern America, from Aristotle to poststructuralism, from questions of figural language to problems of persuasion and interaction. But a common interdisciplinary interest runs through all the essays: the effort to rethink rhetoric within the contemporary epistemological situation. In this sense, the book opens new possibilities for research within the human sciences.<.
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Bender, John B.
Wellbery, David E.

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