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The Routledge Reader in Rhetorical Criticism

ISBN 9780415517553
Published October 17, 2012 by Routledge
840 Pages

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Book Description

Bringing together 50 key readings on rhetorical criticism in a single accessible format, The Rhetorical Criticism Reader furnishes instructors with an ideal resource for teaching and practicing the art of rhetorical criticism. Unlike existing readers and textbooks, which rely on cookie-cutter approaches to rhetorical criticism, The Rhetorical Criticism Reader organizes the field conceptually, allowing teachers and students to grapple with the enduring issues and debates surrounding criticism over the past 50 years.

The readings are organized into four sections, each representing key conceptual issues and debates in rhetorical criticism: critic/purpose, object/method, theory/practice, and audience/consequentiality. Each section is preceded by an introductory essay that puts the readings into context. For added flexibility, an alternative table of contents is also included for instructors and students to customize their teaching and reading.

Intended for upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetorical criticism, The Rhetorical Criticism Reader uniquely lends itself to thoughtful discussion of the role of the critic in the critical process. It assists readers not only in learning the tools of criticism, but also in reflecting on the values that underlie the critical endeavor.

Table of Contents

     Part I: Critic/Purpose

  1. Must We All Be ‘Rhetorical Critics’? Barnet Baskerville
  2. Criticism Ephemeral and Enduring, Karlyn Kohrs Campbell
  3. Another Shooting in Cowtown, Thomas W. Benson
  4. Rhetoric, Society and the Critical Response, Philip Wander and Steven Jenkins
  5. Rhetorical Criticism as Moral Action, James F. Klumpp and Thomas A. Hollihan
  6. Communication, Social Justice, and Joyful Commitment, Stephen John Hartnett
  7. Leff in Context: What is a Critic’s Role? Barbara Warnick
  8. The Critic as Empath: Moving Away from Totalizing Theory, Celeste Michelle Condit
  9. Criticism and Authority in the Artistic Mode, Bonnie J. Dow
  10. Rethinking Critical Voice: Materiality and Situated Knowledges, Julia T. Wood and Robert Cox
  11. "Voice" and "Voicelessness" in Rhetorical Studies, Eric King Watts
  12. Performing Critical Interruptions: Stories, Rhetorical Inventions, and Environmental Justice Movement, Phaedra C. Pezzullo
  13. Part II: Object/Method

  14. Gettsyburg and Silence, Edwin Black
  15. Words the Most Like Things: Iconicity and the Rhetorical Text, Michael Leff and Andrew Sachs
  16. Text, Context, and the Fragmentation of Contemporary Culture, Michael Calvin McGee
  17. Object and Method in Rhetorical Criticism: From Wichelns to Leff and McGee, Dilip Parameshwar Gaonkar
  18. Literature as Equipment for Living, Kenneth Burke
  19. Accidental Rhetoric: The Root Metaphors of Three Mile Island, Thomas B. Farrell and G. Thomas Goodnight
  20. Fantasy and Rhetorical Vision: The Rhetorical Criticism of Social Reality, Ernest G. Bormann
  21. Refitting Fantasy: Psychoanalysis, Subjectivity, and Talking to the Dead, Joshua Gunn
  22. The Rhetoric of the American Western Myth, Janice Hocker Rushing
  23. Spaces of Remembering and Forgetting: The Reverent Eye/I at the Plains Indian Museum, Greg Dickinson, Brian L. Ott, and Eric Aoki
  24. Memory and Reconciliation at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Victoria J. Gallagher
  25. Show/Down Time: "Race," Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture, Thomas K. Nakayama
  26. From Public Sphere to Public Screen: Democracy, Activisim, and the "Violence" of Seattle, Kevin Michael DeLuca and Jennifer Peeples
  27. Part III: Theory/Practice

  28. On Viewing Rhetoric as Epistemic, Robert Scott
  29. Rhetoric as a Way of Being, Thomas W. Benson
  30. Critical Models in the Analysis of Discourse, Thomas B. Farrell
  31. Knowledge Claims in Rhetorical Criticism, David Zarefsky
  32. Rhetorical Theory as Heuristic and Moral: A Pedagogical Justification, Barry Brummett
  33. Constitutive Rhetoric: The Case of the Peuple Québécois, Maurice Charland
  34. Critical Rhetoric: Theory and Praxis, Raymie E. McKerrow
  35. The Critique of Vernacular Discourse, Kent A. Ono and John M. Sloop
  36. The Materiality of Discourse as Oxymoron: A Challenge to Critical Rhetoric, Dana L. Cloud
  37. Another Materialist Rhetoric, Ronald Walter Greene
  38. Nietzsche and the Aesthetics of Rhetoric, Steve Whitson and John Poulakos
  39. Cinema and Choric Connection: Lost in Translation as Sensual Experience, Brian L. Ott and Diane Keeling
  40. Part IV: Audience/Consequentiality

  41. The Second Persona, Edwin Black
  42. The Third Persona: An Ideological Turn in Rhetorical Theory, Philip C. Wander
  43. Contextual Twilight/Critical Liminality: J.M Barrie’s Courage at St. Andrews, 1922, Charles E. Morris III
  44. The Rhetorical Limits of Polysemy, Celeste Michelle Condit
  45. Polysemy: Multiple Meanings in Rhetorical Criticism, Leah Ceccareli
  46. The Spectacular Consumption of "True" African America Culture: "Wassup" with the Budweiser Guys? Eric King Watts and Mark P. Orbe
  47. Vernacular Dialogue and the Rhetoricality of Public Opinion, Gerard A. Hauser
  48. Out-Law Discourse: The Critical Politics of Material Judgment, John M. Sloop and Kent A. Ono
  49. Enacting Red Power: The Consummatory Function in Native American Protest Rhetoric, Randall Lake
  50. Creating Discursive Space through a Rhetoric of Difference: Chicana Feminists Craft a Homeland, Lisa A. Flores
  51. Reflections on Criticism and Bodies: Parables from Public Places, Carole Blair
  52. No Time for Mourning: The Rhetorical Production of the Melancholic Citizen-Subject in the War on Terror, Barbara Biesecker
  53. The Rhetorical Ritual of Citizenship: Women’s Voting as Public Performance, 1868-1875, Angela G. Ray

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Brian L. Ott is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Greg Dickinson is Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University.


"An inspired conversation between reflections on the activity of criticism and models of exemplary criticism, The Routledge Reader in Rhetorical Criticism provides a superb introduction to the key theoretical debates in rhetorical criticism."

Sonja K. Foss, Department of Communication, University of Colorado - Denver

 "Dickinson and Ott’s reader on rhetorical criticism features 50 thoughtfully selected essays, which exemplify several accomplished critics’ conceptually-driven, generative practices for criticism of public advocacy, while exploring the intricate relationships between theory and practice. Offering a conversational and dialogic orientation to rhetorical criticism as an alternative to a methods approach, The Routledge Reader in Rhetorical Criticism is an exceptional resource for teaching criticism to graduate students and advanced undergraduates."

Lester C. Olson, Professor of Communication and Women's Studies & Chancellor’s Distinguished Teacher, University of Pittsburgh