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The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address

ISBN: 978-1-4051-7813-6
496 pages
May 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address is a state-of-the-art companion to the field that showcases both the historical traditions and the future possibilities for public address scholarship in the twenty-first century.
  • Focuses on public address as both a subject matter and a critical perspective
  • Mindful of the connections between the study of public address and the history of ideas
  • Provides an historical overview of public address research and pedagogy, as well as a reassessment of contemporary public address scholarship by those most engaged in its practice
  • Includes in-depth discussions of basic issues and controversies public address scholarship
  • Explores the relationship between the study of public address and contemporary issues of civic engagement and democratic citizenship
  • Reflects the diversity of views among public address scholars, advancing on-going discussions and debates over the goals and character of rhetorical scholarship
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Notes on Contributors.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: The Study of Rhetoric and Public Address (Shawn J. Parry-Giles and J. Michael Hogan).

Part I The History and Prospects of Rhetoric and Public Address.

1 The History of Public Address as an Academic Study (Martin J. Medhurst).

2 Public Address Scholarship in the New Century: Achievements and Challenges (David Zarefsky).

3 Rhetorical Criticism 2009: A Study in Method (Karlyn Kohrs Campbell).

Part II Basic Research in Rhetoric and Public Address.

4 Textual Recovery, Textual Discovery: Returning to Our Past, Imagining Our Future (Davis W. Houck).

5 The Processes and Challenges of Textual Authentication (Robert N. Gaines).

6 Archival Research and the American Presidency: The Political and Rhetorical Complexities of Presidential Records (Shawn J. Parry-Giles).

7 From Recovering Women’s Words to Documenting Gender Constructs: Archival Research in the Twenty-First Century (Susan Zaeske and Sarah Jedd).

Part III Text and Context in Rhetoric and Public Address.

8 The Racial Contexts of Public Address: Interpreting Violence During the Reconstruction Era (Kirt H. Wilson).

9 Lilies and Lavatory Paper: The Public and the Private in British Suffrage Archives (Cheryl R. Jorgensen-Earp).

10 Studying Visual Modes of Public Address: Lewis Hine’s Progressive-Era Child Labor Rhetoric (Cara A. Finnegan).

11 Theory and Public Address: The Allusive Mr. Bush (John M. Murphy).

Part IV Questions of Effect in Rhetoric and Public Address.

12 Jimmy Carter, Human Rights, and Instrumental Effects of Presidential Rhetoric (Mary E. Stuckey).

13 Analyzing Constitutive Rhetorics: The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions and the “Principles of 98” (James Jasinski and Jennifer R. Mercieca).

Part V The Politics of Rhetoric and Public Address.

14 Feminism and Public Address Research: Television News and the Constitution of Women’s Liberation (Bonnie J. Dow).

15 The Problem of Race in Public Address Research: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Confl icted Aesthetics of Race (Eric King Watts).

16 Sexuality and Public Address: Rhetorical Pasts, Queer Theory, and Abraham Lincoln (Charles E. Morris III).

17 Public Address and the Revival of American Civic Culture (J. Michael Hogan).

Select Bibliography.

Index.

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Shawn J. Parry-Giles is Professor of Communication and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Maryland.  She is also the Director of the Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership, and the author of The Rhetorical Presidency, Propaganda, and the Cold War, 1945-1955 (2001), and co-author of Constructing Clinton: Hyper-Reality and Presidential Image-Making in Postmodern Politics (2002).

J. Michael Hogan is Professor of Communication at Penn State University. He is the author of many books, including The Panama Canal in American Politics (1986), The Nuclear Freeze Campaign (1994), and Woodrow Wilson's Western Tour (2006), along with two edited books, Rhetoric and Community (1998), and Rhetoric and Reform in the Progressive Era (2003).

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  • Focuses on public address as both a subject matter and a critical perspective
  • Mindful of the connections between the study of public address and the history of ideas
  • Provides an historical overview of public address research and pedagogy, as well as a reassessment of contemporary public address scholarship by those most engaged in its practice
  • Includes in-depth discussions of basic issues and controversies public address scholarship
  • Explores the relationship between the study of public address and contemporary issues of civic engagement and democratic citizenship
  • Reflects the diversity of views among public address scholars, advancing on-going discussions and debates over the goals and character of rhetorical scholarship
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"On the whole, an indispensable volume for those interested in the history and future of the field. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (Choice, 1 May 2011)

"This excellent volume explores theoretical and critical perspectives that inform the study of public address, engaging significant issues of contemporary scholarship. Its contribution to the study of rhetoric as a force in history and as a tool of democratic deliberation is enormous." James R. Andrews, Professor Emeritus Communication & Culture, American Studies, Indiana University

 "'Oratory still matters in US politics,' the editors proclaim on page 1, and then they present a timely and comprehensive set of essays by distinguished authors showing us why and how it always has.  This volume is required reading for scholars and students of US public address." Vanessa Beasley, Vanderbilt University

 “This is a timely and important book. The work of exceptional scholars at once embodies the finest traditions in the theory and criticism of public discourse, and points readers in innovative directions for productive research in the twenty-first century. The volume combines case studies, explorations in theory and method, and exemplary archival research in a fashion certain to be of value to scholars at every level.”  David Henry, University of Nevada at Las Vegas

 “Parry-Giles and Hogan have given us a gift.  Their edited volume contains insightful, timely analysis from some of the best minds in the discipline on where public address scholarship has been, where it is, and where it might be going.  The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address pushes scholars to reflect on important theoretical, political, and methodological issues while it simultaneously underscores the continuing relevance of rhetoric and its study to civic education.  All in all, this volume is a splendid contribution.” Denise M. Bostdorff, The College of Wooster

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