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This volume presents some of the best essays yet published on rhetoric and the environment. The collection should appeal to an interdisciplinary audience, including those interested in rhetoric, especially rhetoric of science and/or the environment, environmental studies, and modern American history studies. It should be appropriate for use in graduate or upper-division undergraduate courses in any of these areas as well as by scholars working in these areas.

With the exception of the first and last chapters — which serve to frame the rest of the collection — the essays are arranged chronologically by the date of the events, texts, or developments they analyze. In this way, the volume can more easily complement or be complemented by such histories of the American environmental movement as those of Fox, Hays, and Shabecoff. The editor's introduction describes his exhaustive selection procedures, provides a brief summary of each of the 11 essays, and suggests directions for further research.

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Editorial Reviews

Environmental History
"By focusing on the language (rhetoric) we use to talk about the environment, a rhetorical prespective highlights the ironies and contradictions that have riddled environmental policies, perspectives, controversies, and ultimately advocacy. All of the essays contained in this collection are excellent examples of how rhetorical scholarship can contribute to an understanding of environmental discourse. But the most significant insight, represented by each of these essays, is their theoretical critique and evaluation of environmental rhetoric." Vol. 3.4 (October 1998)

- Prof. Mark Meister

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880393284
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Series: Landmark Essays Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: C. Waddell, Introduction. ESSAYS. R. Cox, The Die Is Cast: Topical and Ontological Dimensions of the Locus of the Irreparable (1982). C. Oravec, Conservationism vs. Preservationism: The "Public Interest" in the Hetch Hetchy Controversy (1984). J. Killingsworth, J.S. Palmer, The Discourse of "Environmentalist Hysteria" (1995). C. Waddell, Perils of a Modern Cassandra: Rhetorical Aspects of Public Indifference to the Population Explosion (1994). T.B. Farrell, G.T. Goodnight, Accidental Rhetoric: The Root Metaphors of Three Mile Island (1981). B. Short, Earth First! and the Rhetoric of Moral Confrontation (1991). J.I. Lange, The Logic of Competing Information Campaigns: Conflict Over Old Growth and the Spotted Owl (1993). M.P. Moore, Constructing Irreconcilable Conflict: The Function of Synecdoche in the Spotted Owl Controversy (1993). T.R. Peterson, C.C. Horton, Rooted in the Soil: How Understanding the Perspectives of Landowners Can Enhance the Management of Environmental Disputes (1995). P. Brick, Determined Opposition: The Wise Use Movement Challenges Environmentalism (1995). M. Bruner, M. Oelschlaeger, Rhetoric, Environmentalism, and Environmental Ethics (1994).

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