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The Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics Studies in the History, Application, and Teaching of Rhetoric Beyond Traditional Greco-Roman Contexts

Edited By Keith Lloyd Copyright 2020
    460 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    460 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics offers a broad and comprehensive understanding of comparative or world rhetoric, from ancient times to the modern day. Bringing together an international team of established and emergent scholars, this Handbook looks beyond Greco-Roman traditions in the study of rhetoric to provide an international, cross-cultural study of communication practices around the globe.

    With dedicated sections covering theory and practice, history, pedagogy, hybrids and the modern context, this extensive collection will provide the reader with a solid understanding of:

    • how comparative rhetoric evolved
    • how it re-defines and expands the field of rhetorical studies
    • what it contributes to our understanding of human communication
    • its implications for the advancement of related fields, such as composition, technology, language studies, and literacy.

    In a world where understanding how people communicate, argue, and persuade is as important as understanding their languages, The Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics is an essential resource for scholars and students of communication, composition, rhetoric, cultural studies, cultural rhetoric, cross-cultural studies, transnational studies, translingual studies, and languages.

    Chapter One: Comparative World Rhetorics: The What and How

    Keith Lloyd

    Part I: What is Comparative Rhetoric?

    Chapter Two: Redefining Comparative Rhetoric: Essence, Facts, and Events

    LuMing Mao

    Chapter Three: The Intersection between Intercultural Communication and Comparative Rhetoric studies: A Review and Case Studies

    Xing (Lucy) Lu

    Chapter Four: What is Jewish Rhetoric? Issues of Diasporas, Nationalities, Cultures, and Pre-Human Emergence: A Case Study

    Steven B. Katz

    Chapter Five: Rhetorical Histories of Comparison: An Archaeology

    of the Comparative Act

    Lance Cummings

    Chapter Six: Rhetoric out of Context: The Challenge of Contemplative Rhetoric

    Joshua DiCaglio

    Part II: History/Recovery

    Chapter Seven: Confucian Deliberation: A Rational Reconstruction of Themes in the Analects

    Arabella Lyon

    Chapter Eight: From Oratory to Writing: An Overview of Chinese Classical Rhetoric (500 BCE-220 CE)

    Hui Wu

    Chapter Nine: Was There an Art of (Asiatic) Rhetoric at Halicarnassus? A Plea for Rediscovering the Lost Centers of Classical Rhetoric

    Richard Leo Enos

    Chapter Ten: An Overview of Kut and Töre as the Pillars of the Turkish Rhetorical Tradition

    Elif Guler

    Chapter Eleven: On the Differences Between Ma’atian Communicative Solidarity and the Socratic Dialectic

    Melba Vélez Ortiz

    Chapter Twelve: Hadassah, that is Esther:’ Diasporic Rhetoric in the Book of Esther

    Eliza Gellis

    Chapter Thirteen: Foundations in Vedic Rhetorical Culture: Approaching Mokṣa Analogically

    Anne Melfi

    Chapter Fourteen: Epistolary Rhetoric

    Rasha Diab

    Chapter Fifteen: Through the Magic Glass of Sufism: Studying Orientalism in Sufism

    Eda Ozyesilpinar and Firasat Jabeen

    Chapter Sixteen: Rhetorical Comparison of Hindu God Krishna and Plato: Towards Exploring Hindu Rhetoric and Greek Rhetoric

    Sweta Baniya

    Chapter Seventeen: Hair-splitting critics and pair-splitting circumstances: the persuasive role of stylistic ornaments in Aśvaghoṣa’s Saundarananda

    Elizabeth Thornton

    Chapter Eighteen: Yuğ□Ceremony□in the Steppe:□Rhetorics□of□Grief in□Turkic Community Formations

    Iklim Goksel

    Part III: Contemporary Comparative Studies

    Chapter Nineteen: I Have No Mother Tongue": (Re)Conceptualizing Rhetorical Voice in Indonesia

    Amber Engelson

    Chapter Twenty: Is Modern Chinese Writing Close to Contemporary English Writing?—Rhetorical modes of Chinese expository paragraphs

    Donghong (Julie) Liu

    Chapter Twenty-One: Ubuntu: A Rhetorical Look at An African Concept of Community and Life

    Leonora Anyango-Kivuva

    Chapter Twenty-Two: You Know You’re Filipino When": nostalgic tropes of Filipinoness in YouTube videos by second-generation Filipino Americans

    Daphne-Tatiana (Data) T. Canlas

    Part IV: Hybrids

    Chapter Twenty-Three: Modern Holism: The Hybrid Rhetorics of Insight Meditation

    Tyler Carter

    Chapter Twenty-Four: Usable Presents: Hybridity in/for Postcolonial African Rhetorics

    Stephen K. Dadugblor

    Chapter Twenty-Five: The Study of Rhetoric in Japan: A Survey of Rhetorical Research from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present

    Massimiliano Tomasi

    Chapter Twenty-Six: Recontextualizing Comparative Rhetoric

    Michelle Zalestki

    Chapter Twenty-Seven: A Comparative Cultural Rhetorics Approach to Indigenous Rhetorics in the Americas

    Abraham Romney

    Chapter Twenty-Eight: New Materialist Orientations to Comparative Historiographical Methods: Places of Invention and Public Memory In Situ

    Erin Cromer Twal

    Chapter Twenty-Nine Nüshu, the Unique Female Rhetoric in the Chinese Rhetorical Tradition

    Xiaobo (Belle) Wang

    Chapter Thirty: A Feminist Praxis of Comparative Rhetoric

    Mari Lee Mifsud

    Part V: Applying and Promoting Comparative Pedagogies

    Chapter Thirty-One: Bringing Comparative Methodologies into the US-Centric Major: Questioning the Nature of "History" and "Text" for Cross-Cultural Learning in English Studies

    Tarez Samra Graban and Meghan Velez

    Chapter Thirty-Two: Cultivating Transnational Thinking Through World Rhetorics

    Xiaoye You

    Chapter Thirty-Three: Enacting Comparative Pedagogies as Common Topics

    Hua Zhu and Yebing Zhao

    Chapter Thirty-Four: Teaching World Rhetorics: Promoting Pedagogy and Addressing Politics

    Shyam Sharma

    Part VI: New Directions

    Chapter Thirty-Five: Comparative Rhetorics of Technology and the Energies of Ancient Indian Robots

    Miles C. Coleman

    Chapter Thirty-Six: Using Bridging Rhetoric for Deliberative Dissent: Some Insights from India

    Keith Lloyd

    Chapter Thirty-Seven: Doing Rhetoric Elsewhere: Chicanx Indigeneities, Colonial Peripheries, and the Underside of Written Communication

    Damián Baca

    Chapter Thirty Eight: Comparative Balāghah: Arabic and Ancient Egyptian Literary Rhetoric Through the Lens of Post-Eurocentric Poetics

    Hany Rashwan

    Chapter Thirty-Nine: Singing "Nan Yar?": The Ecstatic Transmissions of Avudai Akkal and The Awakening of Ramana Maharshi

    Trey Conner and Richard Doyle

    Chapter Forty: Preliminary Steps Towards a General Rhetoric: Existence, Thrivation, Transformation

    Thomas Rickert


    Professor of English at Kent State University Stark, Dr. Keith Lloyd’s research interests include promoting collaborative, innovative, and non-dualistic modes of political and cross-cultural communication. His work is published in Rhetoric Review, Rhetorica, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and the Handbook of Logical Thought in India.