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Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition

Communication from Ancient Times to the Information Age, 1st Edition

Edited by Theresa Jarnagin Enos


808 pages

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Available for the first time in paperback, this classic reference 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.

Drawing on the scholarship and expertise of 288 contributors, the Encyclopedia presents an 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.

Table of Contents

A sampling of the coverage :


environmental rhetoric * Horace * logocentrism * Marxist rhetoric * liturgy * l9th-century rhetoric * women rhetoricians * rhetoric of film *


anastrophe * coherence * communication theory * computer applications * deconstruction * irony * hyperbole * semiotics * synecdoche * metaphor *


Jacques Derrida * Roland Barthes * Boethius * Martin Buber * Ernst Cassirer * Paul de Man * Michel Foucault * Bertrand Russell

About the Editor

Theresa Enos is founder and editor of Rhetoric Review and 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.

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