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This edited volume fills a void in the literature concerning the purpose, practice, and pedagogy associated with performing rhetorical criticism. Literature regarding these issues—predominantly purpose—exists primarily as scattered journal articles and as sections within chapters of textbooks on rhetorical criticism. This book brings together 15 established rhetorical critics, each of whom offers well thought out and argued opinion pieces that stress the more personal nature of criticism. The purpose of this book...
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Purpose, Practice, and Pedagogy in Rhetorical Criticism

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Overview

This edited volume fills a void in the literature concerning the purpose, practice, and pedagogy associated with performing rhetorical criticism. Literature regarding these issues—predominantly purpose—exists primarily as scattered journal articles and as sections within chapters of textbooks on rhetorical criticism. This book brings together 15 established rhetorical critics, each of whom offers well thought out and argued opinion pieces that stress the more personal nature of criticism. The purpose of this book is to serve as a disciplinary resource, and as a teaching and learning aid.

Accessibility across areas of expertise and experience is stressed in this book. Critics range from junior faculty to emeritus, and represent a broad spectrum of views on criticism. In this sense the book offers a snapshot of the views of a wide swath of successfully practicing, contemporary rhetorical critics.
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Editorial Reviews

Danielle Endres
This is an excellent volume that raises important questions for rhetorical critics about how we practice and teach our art. This book offers a range of candid and clear position statements by prominent scholars that take differing perspectives on what it means to do rhetorical criticism. It is rare to have a venue outside conferences, classrooms, and interpersonal conversations to openly reflect on the diversity of ways to practice and teach rhetorical criticism. This book expands the reach of these conversations to its readers and provides a valuable resource for new and experienced rhetorical critics. Doctoral students and junior scholars will particularly benefit from this volume as they seek to define their own positions and begin their teaching careers.
Jason A. Edwards
Jim Kuypers has assembled an impressive group of rhetorical scholars to provide a comprehensive overview of the contours surrounding rhetorical criticism for a twenty-first century world. The insightful chapters cover everything from what it means to do rhetorical criticism to how criticism can be practiced in a digital age. Scholars and students will provide from a book that discusses such wide-ranging issues and is a must for any serious rhetoric scholar today.
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Meet the Author

Jim A. Kuypers is associate professor of communication at Virginia Tech. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Twentieth-Century Roots of Rhetorical Studies and Rhetorical Criticism: Perspectives in Action.
Edwin Black is the award-winning, New York Times and international investigative author of 80 bestselling editions in 14 languages in 61 countries, as well as scores of newspaper and magazine articles in the leading publications of the United States, Europe and Israel. With a million books in print, his work focuses on genocide and hate, corporate criminality and corruption, governmental misconduct, academic fraud, philanthropy abuse, oil addiction, alternative energy and historical investigation. Editors have submitted Black's work nine times for Pulitzer Prize nomination, and in recent years he has been the recipient of a series of top editorial awards. He has also contributed to a number of anthologies worldwide. For his work, Black has been interviewed on hundreds of network broadcasts from Oprah, the Today Show, CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports and NBC Dateline in the US to the leading networks of Europe and Latin American. His works have been the subject of numerous documentaries, here and abroad. All of his books have been optioned by Hollywood for film, with three in active production. His latest film is the screen adaptation War Against the Weak, based on his book of the same name. Black's speaking tours include hundreds of events in dozens of cities each year, appearing at prestigious venues from the Library of Congress in Washington to the Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Los Angeles in America, and in Europe from London's British War Museum and Amsterdam's Institute for War Documentation to Munich's Carl Orff Hall. He is the editor of The Cutting Edge News, which receives more than 1.5 million visits monthly.

Black's ten award-winning bestselling books are IBM and the Holocaust (2001), British Petroleum and the Redline Agreement (2011), The Farhud (2010), Nazi Nexus (2009), The Plan (2008), Internal Combustion (2006), Banking on Baghdad (2004), War Against the Weak (2003), The Transfer Agreement (1984), and a 1999 novel, Format C:. His enterprise and investigative writings have appeared in scores of newspapers from the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune to the Sunday Times of London, Frankfurter Zeitung and the Jerusalem Post, as well as scores of magazines as diverse as Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Reform Judaism, Der Spiegel, L'Express, BusinessWeek and American Bar Association Journal. Black's articles are syndicated worldwide by Los Angeles Times Syndicate International, Los Angeles Times-Washington Post Syndicate, JTA and Feature Group News Service.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: On Objectivity and Politics in Criticism
Edwin Black

Chapter 2: Paddling the Rhetorical River, Revisiting the Social Actor: Rhetorical Criticism as Both Appreciation and Intervention
Jason Edward Black

Chapter 3: Rhetorical Criticism for Underdogs
Dana L. Cloud

Chapter 4: How Should Our Rhetoric Make Us Feel?
Celeste M. Condit

Chapter 5: Rhetorical and Civic Literacy in the Twenty-First Century: A Neo-Classical Rhetoric for the Digital Age
J. Michael Hogan

Chapter 6: The Wilderness Years of Rhetorical Criticism: Our Obsession with Powerlessness
Andrew A. King

Chapter 7: Artistry, Purpose, and Academic Constraints in Rhetorical Criticism
Jim A. Kuypers

Chapter 8: Endless Talk: The Purpose, Practice, and Pedagogy of the Rhetorical Conversation
Ryan Erik McGeough

Chapter 9: The Critical Impulse
Raymie McKerrow

Chapter 10: Rhetorical Criticism as Textual Interpretation
Martin J. Medhurst

Chapter 11: The Moral Critic: An Act in Several Histories
Ned O’Gorman

Chapter 12: Practicing Rhetoric
Samantha M. Senda-Cook

Chapter 13: Rhetorical Criticism and Citizenship Education
Robert E. Terrill

Chapter 14: The Glory of Rhetorical Analysis: Communication as a Process Of Social Influence
Kathleen J. Turner

Chapter 15: The Accidental Rhetorician
Marilyn J. Young
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