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A Companion to Rhetoric and Rhetorical Criticism

Walter Jost (Editor), Wendy Olmsted (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-99984-4
522 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Rhetoric offers the first major survey in two decades of the field of rhetorical studies and of the practice of rhetorical theory and criticism across a range of disciplines.

  • Assesses rhetoric’s place in the larger intellectual universe.
  • Focuses on the practical side of rhetoric, looking at specific works, problems and figures.
  • Provides examples of rhetoric from ancient times to the present day.
  • Written by leading scholars from a variety of different fields.
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors x

Introduction xv

Acknowledgments xvii

PART I Rhetoric in Its Place and Time 1

1 Introduction: Contingency and Probability 5
Dilip Parmeshwar Gaonkar

2 The Politics of Deliberation: Oratory and Democracy in Classical Athens 22
David Cohen

3 Text and Context in the Roman Forum: The Case of Cicero’s First Catilinarian 38
B. A. Krostenko

4 A Conversational Opener: The Rhetorical Paradigm of John 1:1 58
Marjorie O’Rourke Boyle

5 Continental Poetics 80
Arthur F. Kinney

6 ‘‘His tail at commandment’’: George Puttenham and the Carnivalization of Rhetoric 96
Wayne A. Rebhorn

7 Rhetorical Selfhood in Erasmus and Milton 112
Thomas O. Sloane

8 Rhetoric, Rights, and Contract Theory in the Early Modern Period 128
Victoria Kahn

9 The Philosophy of Rhetoric in Campbell’s Philosophy of Rhetoric 141
Joel C. Weinsheimer

10 The Rhetorical Legacy of Kenneth Burke 152
Herbert W. Simons

PART II Rhetoric’s Favorite Places 169

11 Topics (and deliberation): Exemplifying Deliberation: Cicero’s De Officiis and Machiavelli’s Prince 173
Wendy Olmsted

12 Deliberation (and topics): Cultivating Deliberating: Mindfully Resourceful Innovation In and Through the Federalist Papers 190
David J. Smigelskis

13 Ethos: Socrates Talks Himself Out of His Body: Ethical Argument and Personal Immortality in the Phaedo 206
Eugene Garver

14 Pathos: Rhetoric and Emotion 221
James L. Kasteley

15 Analogies, Parables, Paradoxes: Get On Down: Plato’s Rhetoric of Education in the Republic 238
Kathy Eden

16 Aphoristic Style: The Rhetoric of the Aphorism 248
Gary Saul Morson

17 Argumentation: What Jokes Can Tell Us About Arguments 266
Thomas Conley

18 Commonplaces: Sensus Communis 278
John D. Schaeffer

19 Judgment: Arts of Persuasion and Judgment: Rhetoric and Aesthetics 294
Anthony J. Cascardi

PART III Rhetoric and Its Critics 309

20 Epiphany and Epideictic: The Low Modernist Lyric in Robert Frost 311
Walter Jost

21 Lolita: Solipsized or Sodomized?; or, Against Abstraction – in General 325
Peter J. Rabinowitz

22 Narrative as Rhetoric and Edith Wharton’s Roman Fever: Progression, Configuration, and the Ethics of Surprise 340
James Phelan

23 ‘‘Mind the Gap’’: W. G. Sebald and the Rhetoric of Unrest 355
Adam Zachary Newton

24 Rhetoric in the Wilderness: The Deep Rhetoric of the Late Twentieth Century 372
James Crosswhite

PART IV All in Good Time – and Timing 389

25 Aristotle’s Rhetoric and Bakhtin’s Discourse Theory 393
Don Bialostosky

26 Reviving the Rhetorical Heritage of Protestant Theology 409
Stephen H. Webb

27 Rhetoric: Time, Memory, Memoir 425
Nancy S. Struever

28 Rhetoric in the Law 442
Robert P. Burns

29 Rhetorical Hermeneutics Still Again: or, On the Track of Phrone¯sis 457
Steven Mailloux

30 Rhetoric and Poetics: How to Use the Inevitable Return of the Repressed 473
Charles Altieri

31 My Life with Rhetoric: From Neglect to Obsession 494
Wayne C. Booth

Index 505

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Author Information

Walter Jost teaches in the English Department at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Wendy Olmsted teaches in the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago.
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The Wiley Advantage


  • The first state-of-the-art survey of rhetorical studies for two decades.

  • Assesses rhetoric’s place in the larger intellectual universe.

  • Focuses on the practical side of rhetoric, looking at specific works, problems and figures.

  • Provides examples of rhetoric from ancient times to the present day.

  • Written by leading scholars from a variety of different fields.
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Reviews

"Walter Jost and Wendy Olmsted have produced a remarkable volume that serves equally well as an introduction to rhetorical studies and as a reference work for specialists. The range of the essays and the credentials of the contributors mark the book as important, but its most notable feature is the conception and development of a general work on rhetoric that remains connected with specific texts, historical contexts, and material circumstances ... The result is a volume impressive in its parts and invaluable in its totality – a must read." Michael C. Leff, Northwestern University
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