Making Sense of Messages: A Critical Apprenticeship in Rhetorical Criticism, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Making Sense of Messages

A Critical Apprenticeship in Rhetorical Criticism, 1st Edition

By Mark Stoner, Sally J. Perkins


368 pages

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Using a developmental approach to the process of criticism, Making Sense of Messages serves as an introduction to rhetorical criticism for communication majors. The text employs models of criticism to offer pointed and reflective commentary on the thinking process used to apply theory to a message. This developmental/apprenticeship approach helps students understand the thinking process behind critical analysis and aids in critical writing.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

1. What Are Rhetorical Messages?

2. Criticism: What Critics Do with Rhetorical Messages

II. Process to Product

3. Four Kinds of Critical Thinking

4. The Process of Description

5. The Process of Analysis

6. The Process of Interpretation

7. The Process of Evaluation

8. Writing Your Ideas

III. Analytical Tools

9. Classical Approaches: Ancient Rhetoric

10. Classical Approaches: New Rhetoric

11. The Narrative Paradigm

12. Fantasy Theme Analysis

13. Burkeian Analysis

14. Ideological Approaches

15. Feminist Approaches

16. Postmodern Approaches

17. Visual Communication


1. Sample Analysis of "She's Leaving Home"

2. Sample Student Paper: Barbara Jordan's Keynote Address at the 1992 Democratic National Convention: A Neutral Approach to a Partisan Task

3. Sample Student Paper: A Response to the Death of a Princess: The Form and Function of a Eulogy

About the Authors

Mark R Stoner, California State University

Sally J Perkins, California State University

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies