Critiques of Contemporary Rhetoric / Edition 2

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This book covers criticism of the persuasion that surrounds us in daily life; speeches at political conventions, editorials in newspapers, essays in magazines of opinion, debates in Congress, state legislatures, and political campaigns, and all of the efforts by which protesters and reformers justify their views. The authors focus attention on responding intelligently to this rhetoric. They view rhetorical criticism not as a matter of being critical or of attacking rhetoric but rather, as the process of analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of persuasive uses of language.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534195007
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Series: Speech and Theater Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352

Table of Contents

I The Art of Rhetorical Criticism
Ch. 1 Rhetoric, Language, and Criticism 2
Ch. 2 Descriptive Analysis: The First Stage of Criticism 17
Ch. 3 Historical-Contextual Analysis: The Second Stage of Criticism 49
Ch. 4 Selecting or Inventing a Critical Perspective: The Third Stage of Criticism 73
Ch. 5 Evaluation: The Final Stage of Criticism 109
II The Practice of Rhetorical Criticism
Nell Irvin Painter's "Whites Say I Must Be on Easy Street" 134
Address Delivered in Chicago, Illinois, February 8, 1968 160
The Light of Reason: Robert F. Kennedy on Vietnam 168
Vietnamization: The President's Address on War 190
The Rhetoric of Mythical America Revisited 202
Farewell Speech at Tiananmen Square 213
Zhao Ziyang's Plea to the Students in Tiananmen Square 216
Address to the Joint Session of the United States Congress, June 26, 1990 234
In Search of a Hero: An African American Interpretation of Nelson Mandela's Address to the United States Congress 241
Address to the 1988 Republican National Convention 266
Conventional Narrative as Rhetorical Strategy: Ronald Reagan's "Address to the 1988 Republican National Convention" 278
Plea for Corporate Conscience 293
Miles W. Lord's "Plea for Corporate Conscience" 303
Index 328
The Authors 334
The Contributors 335
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