Rhetorical Speculations

We do not need to think too hard to conjure up a litany of other examples of sf writing and film that have accurately speculated on the future, or our current present or past. Rhetorical Speculations thus uses speculative thought as a ...

Author: Scott Sundvall

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9781607328315

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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The future of writing studies is fundamentally tied to advancing technological development—writing cannot be done without a technology and different technologies mediate writing differently. In Rhetorical Speculations, contributors engage with emerging technologies of composition through “speculative modeling” as a strategy for anticipatory, futural thinking for rhetoric and writing studies. Rhetoric and writing studies often engages technological shifts reactively, after the production and reception of rhetoric and writing has changed. This collection allows rhetoric and writing scholars to explore modes of critical speculation into the transformative effect of emerging technologies, particularly as a means to speculate on future shifts in the intellectual, pedagogical, and institutional frameworks of the field. In doing so, the project repositions rhetoric and writing scholars as proprietors of our technological future to come rather than as secondary receivers, critics, and adjusters of the technological present. Major and emerging voices in the field offer a range of styles that include pragmatic, technical, and philosophical approaches to the issue of speculative rhetoric, exploring what new media/writing studies could be—theoretically, pedagogically, and institutionally—as future technologies begin to impinge on the work of writing. Rhetorical Speculations is at the cutting edge of the subject of futures thinking and will have broad appeal to scholars of rhetoric, literacy, futures studies, and material and popular culture. Contributors: Bahareh Brittany Alaei, Sarah J. Arroyo, Kristine L. Blair, Geoffrey V. Carter, Sid Dobrin, Kristie S. Fleckenstein, Steve Holmes, Kyle Jensen, Halcyon Lawrence, Alexander Monea, Sean Morey, Alex Reid, Jeff Rice, Gregory L. Ulmer, Anna Worm

Rethinking Rhetorical Theory Criticism and Pedagogy

achieved in most professional rhetorical speculations.” While critics sometimes invoked the more mechanical aspects of stylistic analysis, Bryant found that they almost always backed away from “the central questions” or struck “them but ...

Author: Antonio de Velasco

Publisher: MSU Press

ISBN: 9781628952735

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 505

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What distinguishes the study of rhetoric from other pursuits in the liberal arts? From what realms of human existence and expression, of human history, does such study draw its defining character? What, in the end, should be the purposes of rhetorical inquiry? And amid so many competing accounts of discourse, power, and judgment in the contemporary world, how might scholars achieve these purposes through the attitudes and strategies that animate their work? Rethinking Rhetorical Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy: The Living Art of Michael C. Leff offers answers to these questions by introducing the central insights of one of the most innovative and prolific rhetoricians of the twentieth century, Michael C. Leff. This volume charts Leff ’s decades-long development as a scholar, revealing both the variety of topics and the approach that marked his oeuvre, as well as his long-standing critique of the disciplinary assumptions of classical, Hellenistic, renaissance, modern, and postmodern rhetoric. Rethinking Rhetorical Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy includes a synoptic introduction to the evolution of Leff ’s thought from his time as a graduate student in the late 1960s to his death in 2010, as well as specific commentary on twenty-four of his most illuminating essays and lectures.

Rhetoric and Reality

... as well as on the rhetorical speculations of Kenneth Burke and Patricia Bizzell. C. H. Knoblauch and Lil Brannon have also used the term epistemic in describing the rhetoric they are constructing, a rhetoric that invokes Jacques ...

Author: James A. Berlin

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809313600

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 222

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Intended for teachers of college composition, this history of major and minor developments in the teaching of writing in twentieth-century American colleges employs a taxonomy of theories based on the three epistemological categories (objective, subjective, and transactional) dominating rhetorical theory and practice. The first section of the book provides an overview of the three theories, specifically their assumptions and rhetorics. The main chapters cover the following topics: (1) the nineteenth-century background, on the formation of the English department and the subsequent relationship of rhetoric and poetic; (2) the growth of the discipline (1900-1920), including the formation of the National Council of Teachers of English, the appearance of the major schools of rhetoric, the efficiency movement, graduate education in rhetoric, undergraduate courses and the Great War; (3) the influence of progressive education (1920-1940), including the writing program and current-traditional rhetoric, liberal culture, and expressionistic and social rhetoric; (4) the communication emphasis (1940-1960), including the communications course, the founding of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, literature and composition, linguistics and composition, and the revival of rhetoric; and (5) the renaissance of rhetoric and major rhetorical approaches (1960-1975), including contemporary theories based on the three epistemic categories. A final chapter briefly surveys developments through 1987. (JG)

Rhetorical Realism

metaphysics, I am not claiming that doing so offers a more accurate description of classical rhetoric. ... As I discuss in this chapter, for rhetorical studies the implications of Aristotle's speculations on the relationship between ...

Author: Scot Barnett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317235378

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 228

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Rhetorical Realism responds to the surging interest in nonhumans across the humanities by exploring how realist commitments have historically accompanied understandings of rhetoric from antiquity to the present. For a discipline that often defines itself according to human speech and writing, the nonhuman turn poses a number of challenges and opportunities for rhetoric. To date, many of the responses to the nonhuman turn in rhetoric have sought to address rhetoric’s compatibility with new conceptions of materiality. In Rhetorical Realism, Scot Barnett extends this work by transforming it into a new historiographic methodology attuned to the presence and occlusion of things in rhetorical history. Through investigations of rhetoric’s place in Aristotelian metaphysics, the language invention movement of the seventeenth century, and postmodern conceptions of rhetoric as an epistemic art, Barnett’s study expands the scope of rhetorical inquiry by showing how realist ideas have worked to frame rhetoric’s scope and meanings during key moments in its history. Ultimately, Barnett argues that all versions of rhetoric depend upon some realist assumptions about the world. Rather than conceive of the nonhuman as a dramatic turning point in rhetorical theory, Rhetorical Realism encourages rhetorical theorists to turn another eye toward what rhetoricians have always done—defining and configuring rhetoric within a broader ontology of things.

Renaissance Rhetoric Renaissance Rhetorik

This play defines poetry as the practical realization of rhetorical speculation , an idea that goes back to the Aristotelian philosophical terminology of the Middle Ages . Only three plays might be called modern .

Author: Heinrich F. Plett

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110135671

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 391

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Questions and Rhetoric in the Greek New Testament

In the early period of ancient rhetoric, θέσις was a category of questions that included speculative questions, and later rhetorical handbooks broke this category down into two kinds, with the kind θεωρητικαί coming close to speculative ...

Author: Douglas Estes

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310525080

Category: Religion

Page: 400

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While there are almost 1000 questions in the Greek New Testament, many commentators, pastors, and students skip over the questions for more ‘theological’ verses or worse they convert questions into statements to mine them for what they are saying theologically. However, this is not the way questions in the Greek New Testament work, and it overlooks the rhetorical importance of questions and how they were used in the ancient world. Questions and Rhetoric in the Greek New Testament is a helpful and thorough examination of questions in the Greek New Testament, seen from the standpoint of grammatical, semantic, and linguistic analysis, with special emphasis on their rhetorical effects. It includes charts, tools, and lists that explain and categorize the almost 1000 questions in the Greek New Testament. Thus, the user is able to go to the section in the book dealing with the type of question they are studying and find the exegetical parameters needed to understand that question. Questions and Rhetoric in the Greek New Testament offers vibrant examples of all the major categories of questions to aid the reader in grasping how questions work in the Greek New Testament. Special emphasis is given to the way questions persuade and influence readers of the Greek New Testament.

The Rhetorical Imagination of Kenneth Burke

The most appropriate “ philosophy ” —the one he develops in the Grammar and the Rhetoric — begins with speculations about human motivation in order to find alternatives to handto - hand combat , rifle fire , and aerial bombardment .

Author: Ross Wolin

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570034044

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Blending the genres of biography, intellectual history, and rhetorical theory, this study presents an analysis of Burke's (1897-1993) early essays and his eight theoretical works, placing them in the context of their social and political history. Wolin (humanities and rhetoric, Boston University) casts each work as a re-articulation and extension of the ideas imbedded in Burke's previous efforts. The tactics of conflict, cooperation, and motivation are emphasized. c. Book News Inc.

Rhetorical Theory by Women Before 1900

Of Eloquence , Art , and Speculation Many do seem to admire those writings whose styles are eloquent and , through ignorance , take it for eloquence , commending the method instead of the matter , the words instead of the sense ...

Author: Jane Donawerth

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742517179

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 337

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This anthology is the first to feature women's rhetorical theory from the fifth through the nineteenth centuries. Assembling selections on rhetoric, composition, and communication by 24 women around the world, this valuable collection demonstrates an often-overlooked history of rhetoric as well as women's interest in conversation as a model for all discourse. Among the theorists included are Aspasia, Pan Chao, Sei Shonagon, Madeleine de Scudéry, Hannah More, Hallie Quinn Brown, and Mary Augusta Jordan. The book also contains an extensive introduction, explanatory headnotes, and detailed annotations.

Calvin and the Rhetoric of Piety

He further characterizes their speculations as " idle " ( frigidus ) , a term used frequently by Cicero to describe language that lacks energy and vigor or , more precisely , rhetorical arguments that fail to produce the intended effect ...

Author: Serene Jones

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 066422850X

Category: Religion

Page: 252

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Throughout the years, biographers have depicted John Calvin in manifold ways. Serene Jones takes a fresh look at Calvin as she draws a compelling portrait of Calvin as artist, engaged in the classical art of rhetoric. According to Jones, this art was used knowingly and skillfully by Calvin to persuade and challenge his diverse audiences. Jones offers a rhetorical reading of the first three chapters of Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion. What emerges is a truly original interpretation of Calvin and his work.

Landmark Essays on Contemporary Rhetoric

These issues are theoretical in character , but they also have practical ramifications , and consequently they offer a tangible ground for applying the results of meta - rhetorical speculation . In turning to the Speech Communication ...

Author: Thomas B. Farrell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000106862

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

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This work brings together the pivotal, scholarly essays responsible for the present resurgence in rhetorical studies. Assembled by one of the most respected senior scholars in the field of rhetoric, the essays chart a course from tradition-based theory of civic rhetoric to ongoing issues of figuration, power, and gender. Together with a lucid introductory essay, these studies help to integrate the still-volatile questions at the core of humanities scholarship in rhetoric. The introductory student as well as the seasoned scholar will gain familiarity and footing in this oldest--and still new--liberal art.

Rhetoric Modality Modernity

Rhetoric in opposition, rescuing elements discarded by philosophy, makes amends for, is compensatory for philosophical habits ... The focus on modality suggests as well a reciprocity: modal interests strengthen rhetorical speculation; ...

Author: Nancy S. Struever

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 9781459627208


Page: 304

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Since antiquity, philosophy and rhetoric have traditionally been cast as rivals, with the former often lauded as a search for logical truth and the latter usually disparaged as empty speech. But in this erudite intellectual history, Nancy S. Struever stakes out a claim for rhetoric as the more productive form of inquiry. Struever views rhetoric through the lens of modality, arguing that rhetoric's guiding interest in what is possible - - as opposed to philosophy's concern with what is necessary - - makes it an ideal tool for understanding politics. Innovative readings of Hobbes and Vico allow her to reexamine rhetoric's role in the history of modernity and to make fascinating connections between thinkers from the classical, early modern, and modern periods. From there she turns to Walter Benjamin, reclaiming him as an exemplar of modernist rhetoric and a central figure in the long history of the form. Persuasive and perceptive, Rhetoric, Modality, Modernityis a nove rewriting of the history of rhetoric and a heady examination of the motives, issues, and flaws of contemporary inquiry.

Rhetorical Traditions and British Romantic Literature

... and speculations , to disclose to his readers not what they know already but such novelties and rare glimpses of the mysteries of human nature as might stimulate their reflection and speculation . In terms of De Quincey's rhetoric ...

Author: Don H. Bialostosky

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253311802

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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. The contributors are Stephen C. Behrendt, Don H. Bialostosky, Jerome Christensen, Richard W. Clancey, Klaus Dockhorn, James Engell, David Ginsberg, Bruce E. Graver, Scott Harshbarger, Theresa M. Kelley, J. Douglas Kneale, John R. Nabholtz, Lawrence D. Needham, Marie Secor, Nancy S. Struever, Leslie Tannenbaum, and Susan J. Wolfson.

The Life of Reason

which sense discloses; only, as science aims at controlling its speculation by experiment, the hidden reality it ... solid supports and faithful warnings which we were looking for with such ill success in our rhetorical speculations.

Author: George Santayana

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 9781465523679

Category: Philosophy

Page: 230

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A Manual of Greek Literature

It is probably owing to these rhetorical speculations , which began as early as the second contury B.C. , that a number of orations , which are decidedly spurious and unworthy of him , such as the dóyos éTTLtáblos and the épwtikos ...

Author: Charles Anthon


ISBN: UCAL:$B310828

Category: Greek literature

Page: 580

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Rhetorical Hermeneutics

The paragraph depicts Darwin as a passive observer, not given to theoretical speculation, who is "struck” by "certain facts" and who follows those facts to gradually arrive at his evolutionary insight. It is as if Darwin were following, ...

Author: Alan G. Gross

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438405179

Category: Philosophy

Page: 371

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Examines the nature of rhetorical theory and criticism, the rhetoric of science, and the impact of poststructuralism and postmodernism on contemporary accounts of rhetoric.

Creating the Ancient Rhetorical Tradition

At the same time, Haskins' arguments from our lack of evidence are purely speculations. Indeed, the fact that Isocrates has no place in Aristotle's other works might simply suggest that Isocrates is either not taken seriously as a ...

Author: Laura Viidebaum

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108875806

Category: History


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This book explores the history of rhetorical thought and examines the gradual association of different aspects of rhetorical theory with two outstanding fourth-century BCE writers: Lysias and Isocrates. It highlights the parallel development of the rhetorical tradition that became understood, on the one hand, as a domain of style and persuasive speech, associated with the figure of Lysias, and, on the other, as a kind of philosophical enterprise which makes significant demands on moral and political education in antiquity, epitomized in the work of Isocrates. There are two pivotal moments in which the two rhetoricians were pitted against each other as representatives of different modes of cultural discourse: Athens in the fourth century BCE, as memorably portrayed in Plato's Phaedrus, and Rome in the first century BCE when Dionysius of Halicarnassus proposes to create from the united Lysianic and Isocratean rhetoric the foundation for the ancient rhetorical tradition.

The Ethical Fantasy of Rhetorical Theory

In a sense, and precisely because he was at heart a rhetorical theorist, Burke's work always approaches but never ... speak to a very rhetorical view of symbolicity, a view belying Burke's speculations about an endpoint in the Rhetoric ...

Author: Ira Allen

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 9780822983422

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 328

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Despite its centrality to its field, there is no consensus regarding what rhetorical theory is and why it matters. The Ethical Fantasy of Rhetorical Theory presents a critical examination of rhetorical theory throughout history, in order to develop a unifying vision for the field. Demonstrating that theorists have always been skeptical of yet committed to "truth" (however fantastic), Ira Allen develops rigorous notions of truth and of a "troubled freedom" that spring from rhetoric’s depths. In a sweeping analysis from the sophists Aristotle, and Cicero through Kenneth Burke, Chaïm Perelman and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyceta, and contemporary scholars in English, communication, and rhetoric’s other disciplinary homes, Allen offers a novel definition of rhetorical theory: as the self-consciously ethical study of how humans and other symbolic animals negotiate constraints.

Essays on Classical Rhetoric and Modern Discourse

In his 1978 review of recent research on rhetorical theory , Michael Leff comments on the negative implications of this split between theory and practice for those in speech : " In fact , then , our meta - rhetorical speculation is ...

Author: Robert Connors

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809311348

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 291

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Eighteen essays by leading scholars in English, speech communication, educa­tion, and philosophy explore the vitality of the classical rhetorical tradition and its influence on both contemporary dis­course studies and the teaching of writing. Some of the essays investigate the­oretical and historical issues. Others show the bearing of classical rhetoric on contemporary problems in composition, thus blending theory and practice. Com­mon to the varied approaches and view­points expressed in this volume is one central theme: the 20th-century revival of rhetoric entails a recovery of the clas­sical tradition, with its marriage of a rich and fully articulated theory with an equally efficacious practice. A preface demonstrates the contribution of Ed­ward P. J. Corbett to the 20th-century re­vival, and a last chapter includes a bibli­ography of his works.

Landmark Essays on Aristotelian Rhetoric

In the maze of philosophical and rhetorical speculation from the latter quarter of the 4th century onward it came to be catalogued in a rather cavalier fashion as an abbreviated syllogism, an interpretation still common.

Author: Richard Leo Enos

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000150094

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 280

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There is little doubt that Aristotle's Rhetoric has made a major impact on rhetoric and composition studies. This impact has not only been chronicled throughout the history of rhetoric, but has more recently been contested as contemporary rhetoricians reexamine Aristotelian rhetoric and its potential for facilitating contemporary oral and written expression. This volume contains the full text of Father William Grimaldi's monograph studies in the philosophy of Aristotle's Rhetoric. The eight essays presented here are divided into three rubrics: history and philosophical orientation, theoretical perspectives, and historical impact. This collection provides teachers and students with major works on Aristotelian rhetoric that are difficult to acquire and offers readers an opportunity to become active participants in today's deliberations about the merits of Aristotelian rhetoric for contemporary teaching and research.