A Theory of Contemporary Rhetoric

By Richard Andrews

© 2013 – Routledge

232 pages

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Hardback: 9780415503556
pub: 2013-08-28
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About the Book

A Theory of Contemporary Rhetoric describes, explains, and argues the overarching theory of contemporary rhetoric. This current view of rhetoric brings together themes in the communication arts, including political literary criticism; bi- and multi-lingualism; multimodality; framing as an artistic and sociological device for composition and interpretation; literacy in the digital age; and the division between fiction and ‘non-fiction’ in language/literature studies. Chapters explore the implications of rhetoric for particular aspects of the field. Discussions throughout the book provide illustrations that ground the material in practice.

As an overarching theory in the communication arts, rhetoric is elegant as a theoretical solution and simple as a practical one. It asks such questions as who is speaking/writing/composing? to whom? why? what is being conveyed? and how is it being conveyed?

Acknowledging the dearth of recent works addressing the theory of rhetoric, this book aims to fill the existing theoretical gap and at the same time move the field of language/literature studies forward into new territory. It provides the keynote theoretical guide for a generation of teachers, teacher educators and researchers in the fields of English as a subject; English as a second, foreign or additional language; and language study in general.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Why rhetoric?

Chapter 3: Rhetoric and English studies

Chapter 4: Rhetoric and power

Chapter 5: Rhetoric and the politics of communication

Chapter 6: Rhetoric and argumentation

Chapter 7: Rhetoric and framing

Chapter 8: Multilingual rhetoric

Chapter 9: Rhetoric and poetics/poetry, or form as a rhetorical strategy

Chapter 10: Rhetoric and drama/theatre

Chapter 11: Rhetoric and multimodality

Chapter 12: Rhetoric in the digital age

Chapter 13: Rhetoric and education

Chapter 14: The future of rhetoric

About the Author

Richard Andrews is Professor in English and International Coordinator at the Institute of Education, London; and Visiting Professor in English Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General