Rhetoric and Communication scholars have recently made notable advances in discovering and/or recovering rhetorical practices of various under-represented and under-recognized cultures. Building on this growing body of scholarship, this book initiates a new line of interdisciplinary inquiry. By turning attention to how histories of cross-border and cross-cultural contacts mobilize different conditions of possibility and engagement, this collection of essays by established and emergent scholars develops a range of new approaches to comparative rhetorical studies in our age of globalization. Using Chinese, Egyptian, Indian, and Japanese rhetorical practices as examples, these essays both challenge current assumptions and methodological perspectives about comparative rhetoric and illustrate how to navigate between the native’s point of view and a critical vantage point outside the native tradition and between the meanings of the past and the exigencies of the present. To promote critical reflection on the challenges, opportunities, and implications of traversing rhetorical times, places, and spaces, the collection concludes with a response essay that takes the reader on a "Tao Trek," revisiting some of the earliest Eastern and Western rhetorical encounters and further illuminating the complexities of comparative engagement in the present moment.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Rhetoric Society Quarterly.
Table of Contents
1. Beyond Bias, Binary, and Border: Mapping out the Future of Comparative Rhetoric LuMing Mao 2. Comparative Rhetoric, Postcolonial Studies, and Transnational Feminisms: A Geopolitical Approach Bo Wang 3. Tied to a Tree: Culture and Self-Reflexivity Mary Garrett 4. Uchi/Soto in Japan: A Global Turn Dominic Ashby 5. Comparative Rhetoric, Egyptology, and the Case of Akhenaten Carol Lipson 6. Learning from India’s Nyāya Rhetoric: Debating Analogically through Vāda’s Fruitful Dialogue Keith Lloyd 7. Tao Trek: One and Other in Comparative Rhetoric, A Response C. Jan Swearingen
LuMing Mao is Chair and Professor in the Department of English, Miami University, Ohio, USA. He is the author of Reading Chinese Fortune Cookie: The Making of Chinese American Rhetoric and co-editor, with Morris Young, of Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric, recipient of Honorable Mention for the MLA 2008 Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize. His essays on comparative rhetoric, Chinese rhetoric, and Asian American rhetoric have appeared in book chapters and in major rhetoric and composition journals.