Rhetorical Public Speaking: Civic Engagement in the Digital Age, Third Edition offers students an innovative approach to public speaking by employing the rhetorical canon as a means of constructing artful speech in a multi-mediated environment. It provides a foundation to guide students in understanding, constructing, and delivering messages that address matters of public concern. This edition features contemporary as well as historical examples to highlight key concepts and show how rhetoric works in practice. Each chapter includes speech excerpts, summaries, and exercises for review and retention. Students of public speaking are encouraged to employ their new skills as engaged citizens of society.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1- Genres of Public Speaking
CHAPTER 2- Delivery and Memory
CHAPTER 3- Arrangement
CHAPTER 6-The Rhetorical Situation
Nathan Crick is Associate Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University. His publications include The Keys of Power: The Rhetoric and Politics of Transcendentalism (2017), Rhetoric and Power: The Drama of Classical Greece (2015), and Democracy and Rhetoric: John Dewey on the Arts of Becoming (2010).
This book, which aims to teach students how to be engaged citizens, emphasizes debate, deliberation, and persuasion on public contexts, while also stressing their artistic elements. Students using this book will learn the techniques of public advocacy and the value of public deliberation, understanding both as social action, within a context of ethical communication. It is the kind of book our political times require.
-Mary E. Stuckey, Georgia State University, USA
A thoughtful, methodical and inspiring handbook that shows students how to become engaged citizens by means of the spoken word, that is, eloquent transgressors of silence and public apathy.
-John Poulakos, University of Pittsburgh, USA