1st Edition

Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition Communication from Ancient Times to the Information Age

Edited By Theresa Enos Copyright 1996
    828 Pages
    by Routledge

    Modern rhetoric is a vital tool Rhetoric, the strategic presentation of ideas and choice of language, informs all writing, speaking, thinking, and learning. It provides the guiding principles and practical framework for effective written and spoken communication. Modern rhetoric can help fight the current literacy crisis in our schools--it is a vital tool for teaching students to write logically and persuasively. Alphabetically arranged This alphabetically-arranged reference guide surveys the field, covering rhetoric's principles, concepts, applications, practical tools, and major thinkers. Rhetoric is increasingly studied in the context of other disciplines, such as anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and pedagogy, because its well-established rules and time-honored methods are useful for developing modern communications and writing skills. Draws on expertise of 288 contributors Drawing on the scholarship and expertise of 288 contributors, the Encyclopedia presents a long-needed overview of rhetoric and its role in contemporary education and communications, discusses rhetoric's contributions to various fields, surveys the applications of this versatile discipline to the teaching of English and language arts, and illustrates its usefulness in all kinds of discourse, argument, and exchange of ideas. The coverage has been tailored to meet the needs of American teachers and students. Each entry followed by a bibliography Following each entry is a bibliography of key texts and recommended reading. Cross-references, a comprehensive index, and a list of entries and contributors make this unique reference work easy to use. The Encyclopedia's 467 entries take four forms: brief identification of figure, term, or concept (Hugh Blair, commonplaces, kairos) * elaborate notes (exposition, hermeneutics, Nietzsche) * essays that explore a subject in depth (Aristotle, ethos, feminist rhetoric) * extended articles that illuminate rhetoric's art and methodology (argument, composition studies, invention) Distinguished Advisory Board: Carroll C. Arnold, Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University * Patricia Bizzell, Department of English, College of the Holy Cross * Ernest G. Bormann, Department of Speech-Communication, University of Minnesota * Stuart C. Brown, Department of English, New Mexico State University * Edward P.J. Corbett, Emeritus, Department of English, Ohio State University * Frank J. D'Angelo, Department of English, Arizona State University * Richard Leo Enos, Department of English, Texas Christian University * Bruce E. Gronbeck, Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa * Bruce Herzberg, Department of English, Bentley College * Winifred Bryan Horner, Emerita, Department of English, Texas Christian University * Richard L. Johannesen, Department of Communication Studies, Northern Illinois University * Henry W. Johnstone, Jr., Department of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University * James Kinneavy, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin * Janice M. Lauer, Department of English, Purdue University * Andrea A. Lunsford, Department of English, Ohio State University * James J. Murphy, Department of Rhetoric, University of California, Davis * Muriel Saville-Troike, Department of English, University of Arizona * Robert L. Scott, Department of Speech-Communication, University of Minnesota * Kathleen E. Welch, Department of English, University of Oklahoma * W. Ross Winterowd, Department of Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literature, University of Southern California * Richard Young, Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University

    A sampling of the coverage :Historyenvironmental rhetoric * Horace * logocentrism * Marxist rhetoric * liturgy * l9th-century rhetoric * women rhetoricians * rhetoric of film * Toolsanastrophe * coherence * communication theory * computer applications * deconstruction * irony * hyperbole * semiotics * synecdoche * metaphor * PractitionersJacques Derrida * Roland Barthes * Boethius * Martin Buber * Ernst Cassirer * Paul de Man * Michel Foucault * Bertrand Russell


    Theresa Enos founder and editor of Rhetoric Reviews Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona, where she teaches writing and rhetoric. In addition to being the author of numerous publications on rhetorical theory and issues in writing, she is the editor of A Sourcebook for Basic Writing Teachers and Learning from the Histories of Rhetoric: Essays in Honor of Winifred Bryan Horner.

    "Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition offers the best guide to rhetoric and composition at understood and practiced in the United States." -- Literary Research Guide
    "It is helpful to have a source such as this that can help people understand and analyze the ways that a message is crafted and why its creator chose to cast it in a certain way." -- Rettig on Reference
    "An invaluable resource for our discipline...impressively broad in scope. These articles provide useful information and enjoyable browsing for even the most expert eye. The Encyclopedia is not only a fine reference, but is also the ultimate coffee-table book. In five years, we'll wonder how we ever did without it." -- Rhetoric Society Quarterly
    "A pleasure." -- College Composition and Communication
    "Rhetoricians, whatever their disciplinary affiliation, will welcome the Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition as the most comprehensive, current reference in English in their field." -- Journal of Communication
    "Both students and teachers of rhetoric will find this reference book a useful guide." -- ARBA '970
    "A valuable reference source that will be of service to rhetoricians, their students, and those interested in learning about important terms, concepts, figures, theories, and periods in the discipline." -- Quarterly Journal of Speech