Rhetoric, the Polis, and the Global Village represents current thought on the role of rhetoric in various disciplines, and includes such diverse topics as race, technology, and religion, demonstrating the expanding relevance of rhetoric in today's world. The essays included in this volume address the question of the polis in ancient and modern times, gradually converging with the more recent 30-year span between the decade of the Global Village and today's rhetorical rehearsals for a political global economy.
Originating from the 1998 Rhetoric Society of America's biennial conference, and representing the 30-year anniversary of the organization, this volume offers to all readers the keynote lectures and selected papers celebrating the universality of rhetoric across cultures. As a benchmark for the scholarship and growth of the rhetoric discipline in recent history, it will be of great interest to scholars in classical and contemporary rhetoric, writing, and other fields in which rhetoric has attained critical significance and influence.
Contents: Preface. Introductions. C.J. Swearingen, Rhetoric, the Polis, and the Global Village: Now and Then. S.W. Logan, Inclusive Rhetorics and Lost Voices. K.E. Campbell, Race and Rhetoric: An Unlikely Tandem? J.A. Mejía, Latina and Latino Rhetorical Issues. J. Lambiase, Redefining an 800-Pound Godzilla. C.G. Brooke, Cybercommunities and McLuhan: A Retrospect. G. Boswell, Seven Ways of Looking at Religion and Rhetoric. C. Glenn, Rhetoric, Religion, and Social Practices. Keynote Address. J.J. Royster, Sarah's Story: Making a Place for Historical Ethnography in Rhetorical Studies. Selections From the Charles Kneupper Memorial Lecture. G.A. Kennedy, Rhetoric and Culture/Rhetoric and Technology. Part I: Classical Roots. S. Smith, Pity and the Polis. B. McComiskey, The Global Village, Multiculturalism, and the Functions of Sophistic Rhetoric. E. Haskins, Orality, Literacy, and Isocrates' Political Aesthetics. M. Imber, Pudentilla's Anger: The Indirect Discourse of a Roman Matron. S. McKenna, Advertising as Epideictic Rhetoric. Part II: Rhetorics of Culture/Recovering Rhetorical Cultures. L. Agnew, Unstifling the Rhetorical Impulse: Style and Invention in Thomas De Quincey's Rhetoric. J. Swiencicki, Performing Conversion: Washingtonian (In)Temperance Rhetorics. S. Aley, Brave New World: How Alexander Bain's Educational Reforms Addressed Student Needs During the Industrial Age. P.R. Powell, Facing the Audience: Reconsidering "Audience" Through the Chinese Concept of "Face." S.R. Lyons, The Incorporation of the Indian Body: Peyotism and the Pan-Indian Public, 1911-1923. J. Donawerth, Hannah More, Lydia Sigourney, and the Creation of a Women's Tradition of Rhetoric. M.J. Fiesta, Reconstructing Home in Early Feminist Rhetorics: The Religious Discourses of Protestantism and Transcendentalism as Sites of Production for Sarah Grimké and Margaret Fuller. Part III: Rhetoric Tech: Defining Rhetorics in Modern Media and Electronic Discourses. S.G. North, Are the Barbarians of Technology Knocking at the Gate? Vico and Scientism in Twentieth-Century Culture. S.M. Halloran, G. Clark, It's a Great Place to Visit, but I Wouldn't Want to Live There: Virtual American Landscapes of the Nineteenth Century. K.S. Fleckenstein, CyberEthos: Ethos as a Cybernetic System. S. Gill, And Now a Word About Our Sponsors: Advertising and Ethos in the Age of the Global Village. E. Cutler, Dialectic of Technology: Critical Affinities Between Kenneth Burke and the Frankfurt School. Part IV: Rhetorics of Ethics and Agency. A. Bilansky, Rhetoric, Democracy, and the Deliberative Horizon. D. Sweet, When Language Is Just Another Commodity: Enlightenment Theories, Erasure of Agency, and the End of the Political. D.C. Plotkin, Nourishing Equality, Converting Difference: Matthew Arnold and the Rhetoric of Popular Education. R. Norgaard, The Rhetoric of Civility and the Fate of Argument.