Deeds Done in Words: Presidential Rhetoric and the Genres of Governance

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"Deeds Done in Words is an impressive piece of work. It is the first attempt to identify and assess the principal genres of rhetoric, and to interpret the panoply of those genres in terms of the needs of, and the needs for, ritual in American politics."—Jeffrey Tulis, author of The Rhetorical Presidency

"Deeds Done in Words is a thoughtful survey of how a democracy uses language to transact its business. Based on an enlivened understanding of genre theory and on numerous pieces of original criticism, Campbell and Jamieson vividly show how central public discourse has become the lifeblood of the American polity."—Roderick Hart, author of The Sound of Leadership

"The rhetoric that issues from the White House is becoming an ever more salient part of what the presidency means and does. This acute inquiry provides a great many insights into the forms, meanings, and functions of presidential discourse. It is an enlightening contribution to our understanding of American politics."—Murray Edelman, author of Constructing the Political Spectacle

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A comparative study that documents rhetoric's role in the formation and sustenance of the institution of the presidency: when presidential rhetoric is performed modestly, the institution is merely maintained; when performed poorly, the institutional power erodes; when performed skillfully, the presidency is strengthened. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780226092416
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1990
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1. Introduction: The Rhetorical Presidency
2. Inaugural Addresses
3. Special Inaugurals: Speeches of Ascendant Vice Presidents
4. State of the Union Addresses
5. Veto Messages
6. War Rhetoric
7. Rhetoric to Forestall Impeachment
8. The Rhetoric of Impeachment
9. Pardoning Rhetoric
10. Farewell Addresses
11. Conclusion Appendix: Other Rhetorical Forms Notes Index

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