Critical Questions: Invention, Creativity, and the Criticism of Discourse and Media

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Critical Questions is an anthology of original and reprinted essays on criticism of discourse and media. It explores the subject of critical invention, the variety of practices by which the fundamental questions guiding critical research are developed, refined, and justified. Practicing critics have contributed thirteen paired essays: an original discussion of inventional practices with respect to a specific critical essay of theirs, and the reprinted essay itself. Part I examines the process of critical ...
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Critical Questions is an anthology of original and reprinted essays on criticism of discourse and media. It explores the subject of critical invention, the variety of practices by which the fundamental questions guiding critical research are developed, refined, and justified. Practicing critics have contributed thirteen paired essays: an original discussion of inventional practices with respect to a specific critical essay of theirs, and the reprinted essay itself. Part I examines the process of critical invention and explains the maxims by which the anthologized essays are organized. In Part II, well-known critics discuss how they compose their critical projects, with reference to the specific essays reprinted here. The commentary pieces demystify the process of writing criticism, investigating how critical questions arise, how critics select their critical stance and subject matter, and how criticism evolves and changes during the process of writing.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312089719
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Invention in Media and Rhetorical Criticism: A General Orientation 3
Ch. 2 Professionalization and the Eclipse of Critical Invention 15
Ch. 3 Wandering with Rhetorical Criticism 71
Ch. 4 The Invention of Rhetorical Criticism in My Work 82
Criticism Requires Understanding and Pursuing One's Own Interests 96
Ch. 5 Feminist Criticism and The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Commentary 97
Hegemony, Feminist Criticism, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show 102
Ch. 6 The Campaign for Civil Defense
Commentary 118
The Campaign for Civil Defense and the Struggle to Naturalize the Bomb 125
Ch. 7 The Frankenstein Myth in Contemporary Cinema
Commentary 155
The Frankenstein Myth in Contemporary Cinema 161
Criticism Is Written to and for an Audience 183
Ch. 8 Rhetorical Structure and Primate
Commentary 184
The Rhetorical Structure of Frederick Wiseman's Primate 189
Ch. 9 Constitutive Rhetoric and the Peuple Quebecois
Commentary 206
Constitutive Rhetoric: The Case of the Peuple Quebecois 211
Ch. 10 Pseudo-Private and the PTL Ministry Scandal
Commentary 233
Public, Private, and Pseudo-Private: Ethics and Images in the Collapse of the PTL Ministry 238
Criticism is Both Served and Confined by Theory and Method 258
Ch. 11 The Metaphor of Force in Prowar Discourse
Commentary 259
The Metaphor of Force in Prowar Discourse: The Case of 1812 264
Ch. 12 Premillennial Apocalyptic
Commentary 281
Premillennial Apocalyptic as a Rhetorical Genre 286
Ch. 13 The Rhetoric of Dehumanization
Commentary 301
The Rhetoric of Dehumanization: An Analysis of Medical Reports of the Tuskegee Syphilis Project 307
Ch. 14 Cicero's Redemptive Identification
Commentary 323
Redemptive Identification: Cicero's Catilinarian Orations 327
Criticism Rarely Travels a Straight Line to Its End 343
Ch. 15 Public Memorializing in Postmodernity
Commentary 344
Public Memorializing in Postmodernity: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial as Prototype 350
Ch. 16 The Rhetoric of American Foreign Policy
Commentary 383
The Rhetoric of American Foreign Policy 389
Ch. 17 Reminiscences of Los Alamos
Commentary 417
Reminiscences of Los Alamos: Narrative, Critical Theory, and the Organizational Subject 423
Contributors 449
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