The Rhetorical Power of Popular Culture: Considering Mediated Texts

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Overview

Can TV shows, popular music, advertisements, and films help us understand rhetorical theory and criticism? The Rhetorical Power of Popular Culture, Second Edition includes examples like these to make rhetorical theory and criticism accessible, relevant, and meaningful. Exploring the powerfully persuasive rhetorical messages that pervade daily life, the book provides an easy-to-understand introduction to rhetorical theory and criticism by focusing on the powerful role that popular culture plays in persuading us what to believe and how to behave. The book’s step-by-step approach and range of popular culture examples help students learn to apply rhetorical theory and criticism to their own lives and assigned work.
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Editorial Reviews

Paul A. Soukup
"Best considered a classroom text, it takes students through the steps necessary to write analyses of various forms of popular culture, ranging from stage musicals to film and television to popular music to advertising to visual images and beyond."
Web Review - Dr George F Simons

'Given the variety of analytic perspectives discussed in this book, each with its own definitions and vocabulary, it is helpful that key terms are both highlighted in colour in the text and then summarily defined in the glossary.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412915410
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/25/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Deanna Sellnow currently serves as the Gifford Blyton Endowed Professor of Communication and Director of the Division of Instructional Communication and Research in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky. Her research interests include popular culture rhetoric and instructional communication. She has presented her work at state, regional, national, and international conferences and has published in a variety of journals. She also conducts faculty development workshops across the country. She and her husband, Tim, have two children: Debbie and Rick.
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Table of Contents

1. What is Popular Culture and Why Study It?
2. Expanding the Rhetorical Tradition
3. A Narrative Perspective
4. A Dramatistic Perspective
5. A Symbolic Convergence Perspective
6. A Neo-Marxist Perspective
7. Feminist Perspectives
8. A Music Perspective: The Illusion of Life
9. Visual Perspectives
10. Media-Centered Perspectives
Appendix. Writing a Popular Culture Rhetorical Essay
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