Rebirth of Rhetoric brings together contributions from several fields to provide a forum in which a unifying theory for language and literature studies can be debated.The book does not aim to resurrect classical Renaissance rhetoric, but to remake it within a contemporary context. The context of texts (both spoken and written) is one of the main emphases of this collection, whether it is the ideology informing the text, or the way in which a text is transformed by its audience. The book also aims to present a range of practical approaches to the study of texts of all kinds: literary; televisual; film and photography. It also argues the case for developments in the Arts and Humanities which will bring together people working in Education, Linguistics, Composition, Literature and Cultural Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. Richard Andrews 2. Aristotle’s Poetics and Rhetoric: narrative as rhetoric’s fourth mode Douglas D. Hesse 3. Persuasive forces: language, ideology and education. Ian Frowe 4. Rhetoric in the university Evelyn d’Auzac 5. Voice/text/pedagogy: re-reading the writing classroom. Pam Gilbert 6. Issues of audience: egocentrism revisited Deborah P. Berrill 7. On teaching non-fiction Carla Asher 8. Narrative, argument and rhetoric Richard Andrews 9. Intertext or inner text? How children learn to read and talk together James McGonigal 10. A rhetoric of reading James E. Seitz 11. Shakespeare’s rhetoric in Action Rex Gibson 12. Reading across media: the case of Wuthering Heights Patsy Stoneman 13. Weathertexts on Spanish, French and English language television Jerry Booth 14. The power of a dress: the rhetoric of a moment in fashion Prudence Black and Stephen Muecke Bibliography Index