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Recovering Argument

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Edited by Randall Lake


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This volume presents the best scholarship from the 19th National Communication Association/American Forensic Association Conference on Argumentation, which took place July 30-August 2, 2015, at Cliff Lodge, Snowbird Resort, in Alta, Utah. The Alta Conference, first held in 1979, is the oldest conference in argumentation studies in the world and biennially brings together a lively group of scholars, representing a variety of countries, with diverse perspectives on the theory and practice of argument. The essays in Recovering Argument invite reflection upon and reconsideration of argumentation’s legacy, present status, and potential roles in social, cultural, and political life. Readers will encounter essays that treat the relationship between argumentation and memory, historical approaches to argumentation, the vitality of public and interpersonal argument, argument’s role in leadership, discursive and presentational forms of argument, and the challenges of difference. Readers also will find these topics addressed from a variety of historical, social-scientific, and critical-interpretive perspectives.

Table of Contents

Recovering Argument: An Introduction Randall A. Lake

Keynote Address

"Lafayette, we are here!": Why Did the US Commemorate Its World War I Dead in Europe? V. William Balthrop and Carole Blair

Spotlight Panel

Introduction: In Celebration of Bruce Gronbeck (1941-2014)

1 Recovering Bruce Gronbeck: Reflecting on Argument’s Role in Rhetorical History Michael Janas

2 Recovering Bruce Gronbeck: Reflecting on Argument’s Role in Political Rhetoric Heidi Hamilton

3 Recovering Bruce Gronbeck at Alta: Theory and the Critic of Argumentation David B. Hingstman

Part I: Recovering Argument in History

Argument in Service of Memory

4 Stories of Origin: Recovering Atomic Histories in the "Noisy" Nuclear Culture of Richland, Washington R. Brandon Anderson

5 Temporary Holocaust Tattoos: Recovering Signs for Collective Prosthetic Memory Linda Diane Horwitz and Daniel C. Brouwer

6 Gorbachev’s Argument for Perestroika: Forgotten or Remembered? Ludmila Hyman

7 "The Blind Remembrance!": Rhetorical Tensions in the 1962 Emancipation Proclamation Centennial Anne C. Kretsinger-Harries

8 Recovering Nature: Memory and Scientific Argument at the American Museum of Natural History Chandra A. Maldonado

9 The Agency of the Archive and the Challenges of Classification Angela G. Ray

Memory in Service of Argument

10 Conspiracy as Legal Doctrine and Historiographical Framework: From the Nuremberg Trials to Contemporary Holocaust Denial Discourse Laura Alberti

11 Recovering Patton’s Speech: Materializing Persistent Arguments Stephen J. Heidt

12 The Irony of Originalist Arguments in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Kevin A. Johnson and Michael K. Middleton

13 Argument Constellations in Voting Rights Debates Catherine H. Palczewski

Recovering Legacies of Argumentation

14 Me and Michael McGee: Recovering an Isocratean Tradition in the Art of Argumentation Geoffrey D. Klinger

15 Recovering Argumentation’s Figurative Domain Ilon Lauer

PART II: Recovering Argument in Public/Politics

Argument and the Public Sphere

16 Recovering Rational Argument: A Case Study of Vaccine Skeptics Brett Bricker

17 Carbon Sink: Higher Education and the Liberal Public Sphere Travis Cram

18 Challenges to Recovering Arguments Once Challenged in the Public Sphere Edward A. Hinck

19 Fact-Checking and the Liberal Public Sphere: Can Argument be Recovered? Jeffrey W. Jarman

20 Recovering the Potential of Argument in the Public Sphere: Moms Demand Action and Threats of Gendered Violence in the Gun Control Debate Sarah T. Partlow Lefevre

Health and/of Argument

21 Recovering Trust: Mothers’ Anti-Vax to Pro-Vax Conversions Beth L. Boser

22 Recovering From Autism: A Rhetorical Perspective Matthew G. Gerber

23 The Logic(s) of Diagnosis: An Argumentative Analysis of Controversy Over the Inclusion of PTSD in Official Psychiatric Nomenclature (1975-1978) Joel Lemuel

24 Healthy Disagreement: Exploring Medical Controversies Through Structured Public Debates Gordon R. Mitchell

25 Recovering From Pathological Argumentation: A Theory of Argument Systems and Intersubjective Psychosis L. Paul Strait

Health(y) Argument About Ebola

26 When Things Argue G. Thomas Goodnight

27 Ebola, Reason, and Fear James F. Klumpp

28 Recovering Productive Pity to Motivate Americans to Corrective Action on Africa’s Ebola Crisis: Lessons From Kenneth Burke and Senator Christopher Coons Kathryn M. Olson

29 Ebola and the Liberal Public Sphere Robert C. Rowland

30 The Ebola Crisis as an Interfield Dispute David Zarefsky

Argument and Terror

31 The Case of Shura City: Rhetorical Cartography, Argument Mapping, and the Global War on Terror Heather Ashley Hayes

32 Discovering and Recovering Arguments About Terror: Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama in Comparative Perspective Loretta Rowley, Kevin Coe, and Robert Layne

33 Recovering Argument by Dissociation: ISIL, Hyatt Boumeddiene, and the Networked Security State Carol Winkler

Recovering Leadership Through Argument

34 Recovering Cross-Cultural Audience(s) in Presidential Public Argument Andrew D. Barnes

35 Sisi, Anticatēgoria, and Recovering Egypt Randall Fowler

36 Problematic Constraints on the Successful Exercise of Leadership, Their Negative Impact, Palliative Measures, and Argument as a More Effective Remedy Dennis S. Gouran

37 Recovering Responsibility: The Rhetoric of Responsibility in Presidential Policy Debates Scott Harris

38 Prime Minister Abe’s Critical Turn: From the Ideology of A Beautiful Country to the Metaphor of Three Arrows Hiroko Okuda, Takeshi Suzuki, and Hiroshi Matsusaka

Public Argument on Social Media

39 Twitter: How Terministic Screens Polarize Presidential Debates Michael Eisenstadt

40 Perspective by Incongruity in Internet Memes: The Case of the Japanese Hostage Crisis (2015) Naoki Kambe

41 Digital Conspiracy Argument and the Recovery of Nonverbal Communication as Signs of Complicity Ryan Neville-Shepard

42 Arguments for Everybody: Social Media, Context Collapse, and the Universal Audience Don Waisanen

Part III: Recovering Argument in Theory and Criticism

The Challenge of Gender

43 The Subversive Sister: An Analysis of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s Appropriation of Masculine Classical Form Sara Baugh-Harris

44 Recovery as Discovery: Finding Lucy Nicole Williams Barnes

45 Argumentation in the Identity Politics of the Trans Selfie: Recovering Greek Mythology to Analyze Contemporary Gender Arguments Emma Frances Bloomfield

46 The Restrained Tongue: Recovering Bathsua Makin’s Weapon in 17th-Century England Meredith Neville-Shepard

47 Recovering Bodies of Argument: Refuting Rape Rationalizations in Public Discourse Joan Faber McAlister

48 Virtual Violations: Shaming Rape Victims via Social Media Memes Denise Oles-Acevedo

49 Recovering Rape: Sexual Violence in Women’s Public Address in the United States, 1848-1915 Kari Storla

The Challenge of Presentational Arguments

50 Genre, Modality, and Written Rap Battles: A Preliminary Investigation Eli T. Bacon

51 A Critical Recovery of Images as Arguments: Manipulation, Distortion, and Debating Abortion James Patrick Dimock, Katie Brunner, Brandon McCasland, and Mandy Paris

52 Evental Images and the Generation of Argument Leslie A. Hahner

53 Corporeal Anxiety: The Visual Argumentation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Tips From Former Smokers Advertisements Jacob Justice

54 Recovering Tragedy: Tragic Argument and Nonviolent Protest Ryan Erik McGeough

55 Examining Presentational Devices: Strategic Maneuvering in Lipitor’s Direct-to-Consumer Drug Advertising Lucas Youngvorst

The Challenge of Interpersonal Arguments

56 Emotions, Perceived Resolvability, and Conflict Strategy Usage in K-12 Parent-Teacher Serial Arguments Jennifer L. Bevan, Roxanne Greitz Miller, and Casey Hamilton

57 Clarifying the Idea of Argument Stakes Dale Hample, Yiwen Dai, and Mengqi Zhan

58 A New Measurement for Argument Topic Interdependence in Serial Arguments Amy Janan Johnson and Ioana A. Cionea

59 Lines of Argument in Regulative Messages: Comparisons Across Three Decades Susan L. Kline

The Challenges of/to Academic Debate

60 Recovering Debate Coaches as Civic Figures: Highly Active Debate Coaches, Their Participation in Civic Outreach Activities, and Reward Perceptions Brian Lain, Mark Hlavacik, Matea Ivanovic, and Brian Ontiveros-Kersch

61 Pathos in Intercollegiate Debate: Emotion as an Argumentative Warrant William Mosley-Jensen and Nathan Rothenbaum

62 Recovering and Celebrating Controversy: Justifications for Intercollegiate Policy Debate for the 21st Century Edward Panetta and R. Jarrod Atchison

63 Debate as Oral Activity Dallas Perkins

Recovering Genres of Discursive Argument

64 Recovering the Scientific Polemic: Alfred Kinsey’s Rhetoric Brendon Bankey

65 Recovering That Which Never was Truly Lost: Richard McKeon, the United Nations, and the Importance of Democracy in a World of Tensions Matthew P. Brigham

66 Dissenting to Dispassion: Recovering Pathos in Judicial Rhetoric Through Harry Blackmun’s Opinion in Callins v. Collins Mikaela Malsin

67 Recovering the Argumentative Limits of the Open Letter: Jackie Robinson’s Open Letters Scott J. Varda and Abraham I. Khan

About the Editor

Randall A. Lake is Associate Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, USA, where he also was Director of Debate from 1981-1990, and Director of Forensics from 1990-1994. Among other positions, he served on the NCA Committee on International Discussion and Debate from 1998-2002, organizing exchanges with teams from the United Kingdom, Japan, the Soviet Union, and Eastern European countries. He was editor-in-chief of Argumentation and Advocacy from 2004-2008 and associate editor of three previous Alta Conference volumes. His research has appeared in Argumentation and Advocacy, Argumentation, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Monographs, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and numerous edited collections. He also created and maintains, a website devoted to woman suffrage rhetoric, particularly that of Abigail Scott Duniway, of Oregon. He has received the NCA Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Dissertation Award (1982), the NCA Golden Anniversary Monograph Award for article of the year (1998), and the AFA Daniel Rohrer Research Award for article of the year (1998, 2016). His scholarship explores argumentation’s cultural and civic functions and emphasizes difference in the context of social change, focusing particularly on Native American, feminist, and conservative rhetorics.

Subject Categories

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