This book is an anthology of landmark essays in rhetorical criticism. In historical usage, a landmark marks a path or a boundary; as a metaphor in social and intellectual history, landmark signifies some act or event that marks a significant achievement or turning point in the progress or decline of human effort. In the history of an academic discipline, the historically established senses of landmark are mixed together, jostling to set out and protect the turfmarkers of academic specialization; aligning footnotes to signify the beacons that have guided thought and, against these "conservative" tendencies, attempting to contribute fresh insights that tempt others along new trails.
The editor has chosen essays for this collection that give some sense of the history of rhetorical criticism in this century, especially as it has been practiced in the discipline of speech communication. He also emphasizes materials that may illustrate where the discipline conceives itself to be going -- how it has marked its boundaries; how it has established beacons to invite safety or warn us from the rocks; and how it has sought to preserve a tradition by subjecting it to constant revision and struggle. In the hope of providing some coherence, the scope of this collection is limited to rhetorical criticism as it has been practiced and understood within the discipline of speech communication in North America in this century.
Contents: T.W. Benson, Introduction: Beacons and Boundary-Markers: Landmarks in Rhetorical Criticism (1993). H.A. Wichelns, The Literary Criticism of Oratory (1925). K. Burke, The Rhetoric of Hitler's Battle (1939). M.H. Nichols, Lincoln's First Inaugural (1954). C.C. Arnold, Lord Thomas Erskine: Modern Advocate (1958). H.G. Stelzner, "War Message, "December 8, 1941: An Approach to Language (1966). R.L. Scott, A Rhetoric of Facts: Arthur Larson's Stance as a Persuader (1968). J.A. Campbell, Darwin and The Origin of Species: The Rhetorical Ancestry of an Idea (1970). E. Black, The Second Persona (1970). M.C. Leff, G.P. Mohrmann, Lincoln at Cooper Union: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Text (1974). K.K. Campbell, Stanton's "Solitude of Self": A Rationale for Feminism (1980). S.E. Lucas, Genre Criticism and Historical Context: The Case of George Washington's First Inaugural Address (1986). M. Charland, Constitutive Rhetoric: The Case of the Peuple Québécois (1987).
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.