Encyclopedia of Rhetoric

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Overview

The Encyclopedia of Rhetoric is a comprehensive survey of the latest research—as well as the foundational teachings—in this broad field. Featuring 150 original, signed articles by leading scholars from many different fields of study it brings together knowledge from classics, philosophy, literature, literary theory, cultural studies, speech and communications.
The Encyclopedia surveys basic concepts (speaker, style and audience); elements; genres; terms (fallacies, figures of speech); and the rhetoric of non-Western cultures and cultural movements. It covers rhetoric as the art of proof and persuasion; as the language of public speech and communication; and as a theoretical approach and critical tool used in the study of literature, art, and culture at large, including new forms of communication such as the internet.
The Encyclopedia is the most wide ranging reference work of its kind, combining theory, history, and practice, with a special emphasis on public speaking, performance and communication. Cross-references, bibliographies after each article, and synoptic and topical indexes further enhance the work. Written for students, teachers, scholars and writers the Encyclopedia of Rhetoric is the definitive reference work on this powerful discipline.

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"An excellent work of reference, organized systematically and historically comprehensive. All in all, a most useful research tool."—Professor Dr. Claus Uhlig, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
Library Journal
This ambitious new encyclopedia covers rhetoric from all times and places in some 200 signed entries by 120 scholarly contributors from around the world. Bibliographies are appended to each article, and the index and a Synoptic Outline of Contents provide fine access points. Typical articles include "Public Speaking," "Queer Rhetoric," "Synecdoche," and "Science." This work abstracts rhetoric from people, places, and cultures in search of the "principles" of rhetoric, excluding, for example, entries for relevant historical figures. This emphasis on the abstract differentiates it from the Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition (Garland, 1996), which has more than twice as many entries in about the same number of pages and includes, for example, entries for people. Though these two excellent books often duplicate each other, both include information and insights not found in the other. Libraries serving patrons concerned with the art and history of rhetoric should have both. Given the high price of both books, other libraries will have to choose between the practicality of the older one and the more theoretical emphasis of the newer one.--Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195125955
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/2/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 856
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 2.30 (d)

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University of California, Berkeley
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