Understanding Rhetoric

"Understanding Rhetoric is a groundbreaking comic-style guide to writing that is always a hit with both instructors and students.

Author: Elizabeth Losh

Publisher: Bedford Books

ISBN: 1319244998


Page: 368

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After shaking up writing classrooms at more than 550 colleges, universities, and high schools, Understanding Rhetoric, the comic-style guide to writing, has returned for a third edition! Understanding Rhetoric encourages deep engagement with core concepts of writing and rhetoric. With brand-new coverage of fake news, sourcing the source, podcasting as publishing, and support for common writing assignments, the new edition of the one and only composition comic covers what students need to know--and does so with fun and flair.

Understanding Rhetoric

And the detailed instructor’s manual will help both novice and experienced instructors plan a course around Understanding Rhetoric.

Author: Elizabeth Losh

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

ISBN: 1319042139

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

View: 115


After shaking up writing classrooms at more than 450 colleges and universities, Understanding Rhetoric, the comic-style guide to writing that instructors have told us gets "nothing but positive responses from students," has returned for a second edition! Combining the composition know-how of Liz Losh and Jonathan Alexander with the comic-art credibility of Kevin Cannon (Far Arden, Crater XV) and Zander Cannon (Heck, Kaijumax), Understanding Rhetoric encourages deep engagement with core concepts of writing and rhetoric, as teachers and students alike have told us. With a new chapter on collaboration, unique coverage of writerly identity, and extensive discussions of rhetoric, reading, argument, research, revision, and presenting work to audiences, the one and only composition comic covers what students need to know—and does so with fun and flair. A new "Walk the Talk" feature in each chapter helps students see how to put concepts to use in their own reading and writing. And the detailed instructor’s manual will help both novice and experienced instructors plan a course around Understanding Rhetoric.

Understanding Rhetoric

" This text gets at this central concern in two fundamental ways.

Author: Eamon M. Cunningham

Publisher: BrownWalker Press

ISBN: 9781627347051

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 468

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Understanding Rhetoric: A Guide to Critical Reading and Argumentation is a composition textbook that outlines three essential skills – rhetoric, argument, and source-based writing – geared towards newcomers and advanced students alike. Though comprehensive in its coverage, the book’s focus is a simple one: how to move beyond a "gut reaction" while reading to an articulation of what is effective and what is not, while explicitly answering the most important question of "Why?" This text gets at this central concern in two fundamental ways. First, the text teaches composition as a cumulative process, coaching you how to question, challenge, and expand on not just the readings you hold in your hands, but also how to interrogate the internal processes of writing and thinking. The book's blend of composition methods detail the cross-point of product and process to turn reading and writing from a matter of coming up with answers to questions to learning what type of questions need to be asked in the first place. The "right" questions, the text argues, are fundamentally rhetorical in nature. Second, the content of the practice-based chapters is framed into a larger mesh of intellectual history to show how the writing and thinking you are doing today is continuous with a long history of writing instruction that goes back to the ancient world. This book provides equal representation from classical and contemporary theory with the recognition that theory cannot be fully grasped without practice, and practice cannot be fully understood without its theoretical antecedent. After all, you can’t write "outside the box" until you know where the box is and what it looks like.

Understanding Rhetoric

You will find essays in this book on subject matter that will motivate and improve the writers skills in the following areas: rhetorical analysis, position arguments, proposals, understanding the rhetorical situation, and many more.

Author: Elinor A. McNeel

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781532016981

Category: Education

Page: 68

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A Book of Student Writing from Rhetoric and Composition People avoid writing because of the fear and anxiety they have about writing. Prior to attending Penn State and taking a Rhetoric and Composition class, I was one of those people. Depending on the style and the way the material is presented, you will find yourself creating essays, outlining speeches, etc., without giving it a second thought. After my very first English course at Penn State, I was over the fear and was able to not only pass the course with an A but was approached by my Effective Speech and Communications professor requesting my papers be used as samples in her upcoming courses. You will find essays in this book on subject matter that will motivate and improve the writers skills in the following areas: rhetorical analysis, position arguments, proposals, understanding the rhetorical situation, and many more. Also included are a couple of speeches that I thoroughly enjoyed preparing.

Rhetoric and stylistics

Eachofthem illustrates a different way of understanding rhetoric. The more common expression is xiu- cixue ['theory/study of decorated speech'], reminiscent of the idea of ornamental rhetoric. The second expression could come to stand ...

Author: Ulla Fix

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110178579

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1421

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Rhetoric and stylistics deal with successful human communication and the arrangement of language in texts. The handbook offers surveys of theoretical approaches, forms of linguistic practice and practical contexts from antiquity to the present.

Rhetorical Audience Studies and Reception of Rhetoric

Without audiences, there would be no rhetoric. Understanding audiences, therefore, is essential for understanding rhetoric. If we do not understand when, how and why audiences are influenced by communication, or see how they negotiate ...

Author: Jens E. Kjeldsen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319616186

Category: Political Science

Page: 339

View: 202


This book examines the reception of rhetoric and the rhetoric of reception. By considering salient rhetorical traits of rhetorical utterances and texts seen in context, and relating this to different kinds of reception and/or audience use and negotiation, the authors explore the connections between rhetoric and reception. In our time, new media and new forms of communication make it harder to distinguish between speaker and audience. The active involvement of users and audiences is more important than ever before. This project is based on the premise that rhetorical research should reconsider the understanding, conceptualization and examination of the rhetorical audience. From mostly understanding audiences as theoretical constructions that are examined textually and speculatively, the contributors give more attention to empirical explorations of actual audiences and users. The book will provide readers with new knowledge on the workings of rhetoric as well as illustrative and guiding examples of new methods of rhetorical studies.

Rhetoric at the Non Substantialistic Turn

Ethics primarily resides in the rhetor as ethos but like power, it also resides in discourse when it promotes good or evil, and in the audience as it responds to the good or evil of rhetoric. Important as understanding rhetoric as power ...

Author: Therese Boos Dykeman

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498573214

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

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This book formulates a theory of global rhetoric encompassing Eastern and Western approaches. Based on the Field-Being philosophy, this book delves into the ontological foundations of both kinds of rhetoric and argues that both understandings are necessary for global communication.

Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition

These judgments depend at least as much on how their authors understand "rhetoric" as on how they understand Bakhtin, for when Bialostosky (forthcoming) adopts a sophistic version of rhetoric from Michael Billig, he too can make a ...

Author: Theresa Enos

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135816063

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 832

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First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Rhetoric in an Antifoundational World

with which we can understand , if only partially , those constraints . Terry Eagleton , whose essay " A Short History of Rhetoric ” is quoted with approval by Fish , takes something of a different view . Less certain than Fish or Rorty ...

Author: Professor Michael F Bernard-Donals

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300070225

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 468

View: 179


In this brilliant collection, literary scholars, philosophers, and teachers inquire into the connections between antifoundational philosophy and the rhetorical tradition. What happens to literary studies and theory when traditional philosophical foundations are disavowed? What happens to the study of teaching and writing when antifoundationalism is accepted? What strategies for human understanding are possible when the weaknesses of antifoundationalism are identified? This volume offers answers in classic essays by such thinkers as Richard Rorty, Terry Eagleton, and Stanley Fish, and in many new essays never published before. The contributors to this book explore the nexus of antifoundationalism and rhetoric, critique that nexus, and suggest a number of pedagogical and theoretical alternatives. The editors place these statements into a context that is both critical and evaluative, and they provide for voices that dissent from the antifoundational perspective and that connect specific, practical pedagogies to the broader philosophical statements. For those with an interest in rhetoric, philosophy, comparative literature, or the teaching of composition, this book sets forth a wealth of thought-provoking ideas. "I have nothing but praise for this work -- a masterful treatment of the question, What positive intellectual projects are possible within a world that radically questions the existence of philosophical foundations?" -- Steven Mailloux, University of California, Irvine

Preaching the New Testament as Rhetoric

addressed in the Greco-Roman handbooks, they turned to the many forms of modern rhetorical theory.129 The result was a ... 133 In recovering the ancient understanding of rhetoric, the “new rhetoric” which Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca ...

Author: Tim MacBride

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781625649959

Category: Religion

Page: 274

View: 603


Since the rise of the "New Homiletic" a generation ago, it has been recognized that sermons not only say something to listeners, they also do something. A truly expository sermon will seek not merely to say what the biblical text said, but also to do what the biblical text did in the lives of its original audience. In Preaching the New Testament as Rhetoric, MacBride looks how at the discipline of rhetorical criticism can help preachers discern the function of a New Testament text in its original setting as a means of crafting a sermon that can function similarly in contemporary contexts. Focusing on the letters of Paul, he shows how understanding them in light of Greco-Roman speech conventions can suggest ways by which preachers can communicate not just the content of the letters, but also their function. In this way, the power of the text itself can be harnessed, leading to sermons that inform and, most importantly, transform.

Rhetoric and Power

From this example, we can see how Thucydides followed Gorgias in understanding rhetoric through a medical lens, as a symbolic response to a perceived sickness or imbalance in the political body that required mētis, or practical skill, ...

Author: Nathan Crick

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781611173963

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 280

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Through Rhetoric and Power, Nathan Crick dramatizes the history of rhetoric by explaining its origin and development in Classical Greece beginning the oral displays of Homeric eloquence in a time of kings following its ascent to power during the age of Pericles and the Sophists, and ending with its transformation into a rational discipline with Aristotle in a time of literacy and empire. Crick advances the thesis that rhetoric is primarily a medium and artistry of power, but that the relationship between rhetoric and power at any point in time is a product of historical conditions, not the least of which is the development and availability of communication media. With chapters in chronological order investigating major works by Homer, Heraclitus, Aeschylus, Protagoras, Gorgias, Thucydides, Aristophanes, Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle, Rhetoric and Power tells the story of the rise and fall of classical Greece while simultaneously developing rhetorical theory from the close criticism of particular texts. As a form of rhetorical criticism, this volume offers challenging new readings to canonical works like Aeschylus’s Persians, Gorgias’s Helen, Aristophanes’s Birds, and Isocrates’s Nicocles by reading them as reflections of the political culture of their time. Through this theoretical inquiry, Crick uses these criticisms to articulate and define a plurality of rhetorical genres and concepts, such as heroic eloquence, tragicomedy, representative publicity, ideology, and the public sphere, and their relationships to different structures and ethics of power, such as monarchy, democracy, aristocracy, and empire. Rhetoric and Power thus provides the foundation for rhetorical history, criticism, and theory that draws on contemporary research to prove again the incredible richness of the classical tradition for contemporary rhetorical scholarship and practice.

The Rhetoric of Videogames as Embodied Practice

In Procedural Habits, I describe the ways in which “habit” functions as an important concept for understanding rhetoric and writing practices in contemporary videogames. My decision to focus on this particular term has to do with an ...

Author: Steve Holmes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351399470

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 274

View: 361


The Rhetoric of Videogames as Embodied Practice offers a critical reassessment of embodiment and materiality in rhetorical considerations of videogames. Holmes argues that rhetorical and philosophical conceptions of "habit" offer a critical resource for describing the interplay between thinking (writing and rhetoric) and embodiment. The book demonstrates how Aristotle's understanding of character (ethos), habit (hexis), and nature (phusis) can productively connect rhetoric to what Holmes calls "procedural habits": the ways in which rhetoric emerges from its interactions with the dynamic accumulation of conscious and nonconscious embodied experiences that consequently give rise to meaning, procedural subjectivity, control, and communicative agency both in digital game design discourse and the activity of play.

Medieval Rhetoric

medieval rhetoric evolved as it did . Doing so would help us better understand how textual invention evolved , offering clues to how texts were meant to be interpreted . But in order to better understand the history of hermeneutics in ...

Author: Scott D. Troyan

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415971632

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Roman Rhetoric

The route to understanding rhetoric, whether in theory or practice, is through the environment in which it operates. Thus, when discussing situational factors involving rhetoric in Greece, historians will use the term “kairos” as a ...

Author: Richard Leo Enos

Publisher: Parlor Press LLC

ISBN: 9781602350816

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 274


Greek and Roman traditions dominate classical rhetoric. Conventional historical accounts characterize Roman rhetoric as an appropriation and modification of Greek rhetoric, particularly the rhetoric that flourished in fifth and fourth centuries BCE Athens. However, the origins, nature and endurance of this Greco-Roman relationship have not been thoroughly explained. Roman Rhetoric: Revolution and the Greek Influence reveals that while Romans did benefit from Athenian rhetoric, their own rhetoric was also influenced by later Greek and non-Hellenic cultures, particularly the Etruscan civilization that held hegemony over all of Italy for hundreds of years before Rome came to power.

Methodologies for the Rhetoric of Health Medicine

This empirical, pragmatic, and collective approach to understanding rhetoric is crucial for a translingual approach to medical rhetoric. My application of this methodology situates it in a diverse, transnational environment that ...

Author: Lisa Meloncon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315303734

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 314

View: 506


This volume charts new methodological territories for rhetorical studies and the emerging field of the rhetoric of health and medicine. In offering an expanded, behind-the-scenes view of rhetorical methodologies, it advances the larger goal of differentiating the rhetoric of health and medicine as a distinct but pragmatically diverse area of study, while providing rhetoricians and allied scholars new ways to approach and explain their research. Collectively, the volume’s 16 chapters: Develop, through extended examples of research, creative theories and methodologies for studying and engaging medicine’s high-stakes practices. Provide thick descriptions of and heuristics for methodological invention and adaptation that meet the needs of needs of new and established researchers. Discuss approaches to researching health and medical rhetorics across a range of contexts (e.g., historical, transnational, socio-cultural, institutional) and about a range of ethical issues (e.g., agency, social justice, responsiveness).

Organizational Rhetoric

In 1971, Richard Vatz challenged Bitzer's perspective, and suggested a new way of understanding rhetorical situations. Each of these perspectives, though different philosophically, offers important insights for those who study or create ...

Author: Mary F. Hoffman

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781483342788

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 853


An unprecedented text explains how to analyze the role of rhetoric in organizations Integrating rhetorical theories and methods with principles of organizational communication, this pioneering text provides students with a step-by-step method for analyzing and critiquing examples of organizational rhetoric. The first half of the book offers an accessible introduction to rhetorical research, theory, and criticism and equips students for analyzing the messages of organizations in a variety of contexts. The second half focuses on needs in real-life organizational situations: to create and maintain identity; to manage messages about issues, risk, and crisis; and to communicate with those "inside" the organization. Contemporary examples and case studies (including a dispute over clean energy in Texas, efforts on the part of restaurant owners in New York to fight food labeling requirements, and a university's announcement that it is building a "body farm") illustrate the importance of this area of study and provide opportunities for students to apply their emerging analytical and critical thinking skills. Key Features Grounds the explanation and critique of persuasive organizational messages in traditional and contemporary rhetorical literature Shows students how to critique the messages organizations use to create and maintain organizational power Demonstrates the importance of rhetoric to the success of the organization Uses case studies and accompanying worksheets to help students move through the process of analyzing sample situations and messages Covers image/impression management, issue management, crisis management, and other key facets of organizational rhetoric Includes models of the book's method for analysis at the beginning of each chapter to help students visualize how each step fits into the larger system Intended Audience Organizational Rhetoric: Situations and Strategies is ideal for a wide range of courses at the upper-level undergraduate and master's level, including Organizational Communication, Organizational Studies, Public Relations, and Rhetorical Studies. This first-of-its-kind textbook is also an essential addition to the libraries of Communication/Rhetoric and Business instructors.

Rhetoric before and beyond the Greeks

... other resources for understanding rhetoric in Greece. While the inclination to define Athenian rhetoric as Greek rhetoric has made it difficult to consider other forms of rhetoric, ancient sources allude to other forms of rhetoric.

Author: Carol S. Lipson Roberta A. Binkley

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791485033

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 274

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Examines rhetorical practices in cultures and time periods that have received little attention to date.