Rhetorical Criticism: Perspectives in Action

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Covering a broad range of rhetorical perspectives, Rhetorical Criticism: Perspectives in Action presents a thorough, accessible, and well-grounded introduction to rhetorical criticism. Throughout the text, sample essays written by noted experts provide students with models for writing their own criticism. In addition to covering traditional modes of rhetorical criticism, the volume presents less commonly discussed rhetorical perspectives (for example, close-textual analysis, mythic criticism, framing analysis, ...

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Overview

Covering a broad range of rhetorical perspectives, Rhetorical Criticism: Perspectives in Action presents a thorough, accessible, and well-grounded introduction to rhetorical criticism. Throughout the text, sample essays written by noted experts provide students with models for writing their own criticism. In addition to covering traditional modes of rhetorical criticism, the volume presents less commonly discussed rhetorical perspectives (for example, close-textual analysis, mythic criticism, framing analysis, ideographic criticism, concept oriented criticism, and critical rhetoric), exposing student to a wide range of material. Featuring nineteen chapters, all written by leading rhetoric scholars, the volume offers the most comprehensive introduction to rhetorical criticism available. Features: The chapters are written by a nationally recognized scholar in that area, giving students the best and most current research for each perspective. Each chapter includes an original sample essay that gives students a model of rhetorical criticism for their own assignments. Each author comments on his or her writing process to demonstrate the personal nature of criticism. This unique emphasis allows students to appreciate that writing criticism is not a simple formulaic process. Every chapter features a "Potentials and Pitfalls" section that highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the rhetorical perspective being discussed.

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Jim A. Kuypers is a member of the Department of Communication at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Editor's Foreword xi

1 What is Rhetoric? Jim A. Kuypers Andrew King 1

2 Rhetorical Criticism As Art Jim A. Kuypers 13

3 On Objectivity and Politics in Criticism Edwin Black 29

4 The Rhetorical Situation Kathleen Farrell Marilyn J. Young 33

5 The "Traditional" Perspective Forbes I. Hill 39

6 Close Textual Analysis: Approaches and Applications Stephen Howard Browne 63

7 Generic Elements in Rhetoric William Benoit 77

8 Criticism of Metaphor Thomas R. Burkholder David Henry 97

9 The Narrative Perspective Robert Rowland 117

10 Kenneth Burke's Dramatic Form Criticism Floyd Douglas Anderson Andrew King Kevin McClure 143

11 Pentadic Criticism: The Wheels of Creation Andrew King 165

12 Framing Analysis Jim A. Kuypers 181

13 Fantasy-Theme Criticism Thomas J. St. Antoine Matthew T. Althouse Moya A. Ball 205

14 The Mythic Perspective Janice Hocker Rushing Thomas S. Frentz 231

15 Feminist Analysis Donna M. Nudd Kristina L. Whalen 257

16 Ideographic Criticism Ronald Lee 285

17 Critical Rhetoric and Continual Critique Raymie E. McKerrow Jeffrey St. John 321

18 Conceptually-Oriented Criticism Stephanie Houston Grey 341

19 Eclectic Criticism Jim A. Kuypers 363

Index 375

Biographical Sketches of the Authors 379

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