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Landmark Essays on Historiographies of Rhetorics

1st Edition

Edited by Victor J Vitanza


216 pages

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This reader presents essays that editor Victor Vitanza describes as "efforts at revisionary histories that are either quasi-traditional histories or radical subversive histories." They are influential works published over the past four decades by major rhetoricians and historians with radically different presumptions and challenges to the status quo of history. Their discussions present a full array of possible histories in terms of originations, classicisms, scientific objectivities, temporalities, literary criticisms, feminisms, modernity/post-modernity, aesthetics, and perpetually more and more contestations. Providing a forum for scholars’ original voices as the discussions have developed over the decades, this collection is a unique and valuable text for advanced study on the history of rhetoric.

Table of Contents

Enos, Richard Leo. "Notions, Presumptions, and Presuppositions in Hellenic Discourse: Rhetorical Theory as Philological Evidence." Philosophy and Rhetoric, 14.3 (1981): 173-84.

Murphy, James J. "The Historiography of Rhetoric: Challenges and Opportunities." Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric. 1.1 (1983): 1-8.

Blair, Carole. "Contested Histories of Rhetoric: The Politics of Preservation, Progress, and Change." Quarterly Journal of Speech 78.4 (November 1992). 403-28.

Ballif, Michelle. "Re/dressing Histories; Or, On Re/Covering Figures Who Have Been Laid Bare By Our Gaze." Rhetoric Society Quarterly 22.1 (1992): 91-98.

Farenga, Vincent. "Periphrasis on the Origin of Rhetoric." Modern Language Notes 94.5 (1979): 1033-55.

Foucault, Michel. "Nietzsche, Genealogy, History." Language, Counter-Memory, Practice: Selected Essays and Interviews. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1980: 139-65.

Poulakos, John. "Testing and Contesting Classical Rhetorics." Rhetoric Society Quarterly 36 (2006): 171-79.

Struever, Nancy S. "The Classical Background." Rhetoric, Modality, Modernity. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2009: 1-8.

DuBois, Page. "Prologue." Out of Athens: The New Ancient Greeks. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2010: 1-26.

Berlin, James, Robert J. Connors, Sharon Crowley, Richard Leo Enos, Victor J. Vitanza, Susan C. Jarratt, Nan Johnson, Jan Swearingen, James J. Murphy. "Octalog: The Politics of Historiography." Rhetoric Review 7.1 (1988): 5-49.

Lois Agnew, James J. Murphy, Cheryl Glenn, Nan Johnson, Jan Swearingen, Richard Leo Enos, Jasper Neel, Linda Ferreira-Buckley, Janice Lauer Rice, Janet M. Atwill, Kathleen Ethel Welch, Roxanne Mountford, Thomas Miller, Victor J. Vitanza. "Octalog: A Retrospective. Rhetorical Historiography and the Octalogs." Rhetoric Review, 30.3 (2011): 237-57.

Kennedy, George A. "A Hoot in the Dark: The Evolution of General Rhetoric." Philosophy and Rhetoric. 25.1 (1992): 1-21.


About the Series

Landmark Essays Series

Landmark Essays is a series of anthologies providing ready access to key rhetorical studies in a wide variety of fields. The classic articles and chapters that are fundamental to every subject are often the most difficult to obtain, and almost impossible to find arranged together for research or for classroom use. This series solves that problem.

Each book encompasses a dozen or more of the most significant published studies in a particular field, and includes an index and bibliography for further study.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies