Doing Rhetorical History: Concepts and Cases / Edition 2

Doing Rhetorical History: Concepts and Cases / Edition 2

by Kathleen J. Turner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0817350489

ISBN-13: 9780817350482

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: University of Alabama Press


This collection argues that rhetorical history, both as a methodology
and as a perspective, offers insights that are central to the study of
communication and unavailable through other approaches.

The current field of communication derives from the historical study
of rhetoric. Over the last few decades, however, as the trend toward

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This collection argues that rhetorical history, both as a methodology
and as a perspective, offers insights that are central to the study of
communication and unavailable through other approaches.

The current field of communication derives from the historical study
of rhetoric. Over the last few decades, however, as the trend toward theoretical
conceptions has driven analysis and as a host of "isms" has defined
criticism, communication studies have moved away from a predominantly historical
perspective.

Yet many scholars in the field continue to find benefits in rhetorical
history. In the thirteen essays gathered here, eminent scholars address
the ongoing dialogue over the regrounding of rhetorical study and the relationship
between theory and history as well as history and criticism in the field.
Some examine the conceptual issues involved in the juncture of rhetoric
and history; others offer case studies, often based on research with primary
documents, to illustrate the process and promise of rhetorical history.
Collectively, their work tests theory and complements criticism while standing
as a distinct and valid approach in and of itself.

The conceptualizations and methodologies of rhetorical history will
increase in significance during the burgeoning "Communication Age"
as we seek to cope with the present and prepare for the future by better
understanding the past. This volume serves as an excellent overview of
a recently neglected methodological approach and acts as the first step
in ending that neglect.

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817350482
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Studies Rhetoric & Communicati Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Rhetorical History as Social Construction1
1Four Senses of Rhetorical History19
2The Rhetorical Construction of History33
3The Rhetorics of the Past: History, Argument, and Collective Memory47
4Theoretical Implications of Doing Rhetorical History: Groupthink, Foreign Policy Making, and Vietnam61
5A Constitutive Framework for Rhetorical Historiography: Toward an Understanding of the Discursive (Re)constitution of "Constitution" in The Federalist Papers72
6Oaths Registered in Heaven: Rhetorical and Historical Legitimacy in the Inaugural Addresses of Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln95
7Borderland Denouement: Missourians and the Rhetorical Inauguration of the "Unholy Crusade," Spring 1861118
8Civil Rights and the Cold War: A Rhetorical History of the Truman Administration's Desegregation of the United States Army143
9"The Deciding Factor": The Rhetorical Construction of Mansfield's Credibility and the Eisenhower Administration's Policy on Diem170
10Declining Honors: Dorothy Day's Rhetorical Resistance to the Culture of Heroic Ascent191
11History and Culture as Rhetorical Constraints: Cesar Chavez's Letter from Delano207
Postscript: A Disciplinary History of Rhetorical History: Retrospect and Prospect221
Notes243
Contributors295
Index299

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