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3rd Edition

Rhetorical Public Speaking
Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

ISBN 9781138292796
Published June 12, 2017 by Routledge
294 Pages

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Book Description

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 4-Invention


CHAPTER 6-The Rhetorical Situation



CHAPTER 9-Pathos

CHAPTER 10-Eloquence


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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