Rhetoric and Political Culture in 19th Century America

Rhetoric and Political Culture in 19th Century America

by Thomas W. Benson
     
 

The critical study of public address has changed in the twentieth century and will continue to evolve in the twenty-first. As the studies in this volume demonstrate, methodological pluralism is the standard of contemporary work, and active rhetorical critics today are more consciously aware of the theoretical implications and extensions of their work than were

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The critical study of public address has changed in the twentieth century and will continue to evolve in the twenty-first. As the studies in this volume demonstrate, methodological pluralism is the standard of contemporary work, and active rhetorical critics today are more consciously aware of the theoretical implications and extensions of their work than were their critical forebears. What links the last with the present, however, and what will continue to engage us in the future, is the search for meaning in human rhetorical action.

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Nine close textual readings of spoken and written public discourse and an afterword explore the claim that such discourse continues to illuminate 19th-century American political culture. They inquire into the text, the context, the influence of pervasive rhetorical forms and genres, the speaker's intentions, the response of the audience, and the role of the critic. They also demonstrate the methodological pluralism and the awareness of theoretical implications that inform the study rhetoric in the twilight of the 20th century. Based on the proceedings of a September 1992 conference in Minneapolis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870134685
Publisher:
Michigan State University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Series:
Rhetoric & Public Affairs Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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