Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present / Edition 2

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The Rhetorical Tradition — the first comprehensive anthology of primary texts covering the history of rhetoric — examines rhetorical theory from classical antiquity through the modern period. Extensive editorial material makes it an essential text for the beginning student as well as the professional scholar.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312148393
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1673
  • Sales rank: 131,449
  • Product dimensions: 7.43 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.98 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICIA BIZZELL (Ph.D. Rutgers University) is professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross. With Bruce Herzberg she has published Negotiating Difference (Bedford/St. Martin's, 1996), and with Bruce Herzberg and Nedra Reynolds, The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing, Fifth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000).

BRUCE HERZBERG (Ph.D. Rutgers University) is professor and Chair of English at Bentley College. With Patricia Bizzell he has published Negotiating Difference (Bedford/St. Martin's, 1996), and with Patricia Bizzell and Nedra Reynolds, The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing, Fifth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000).

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Table of Contents

General Introduction
The Origins of Rhetoric
Classical Rhetoric
Medieval Rhetoric
The Renaissance
The Enlightenment
Nineteenth-Century Rhetoric
Modern and Postmodern Rhetoric


The Sophistic Movement
Isocrates and Education in Rhetoric
Aspasia and Opportunities for Women
Plato: True and False Rhetoric
Aristotle: Systematic Rhetoric
The Rise of Rome and the Rhetoric of Cicero
Imperial Rome and the Rhetoric of Quintilian
Encomium of Helen
Dissoi Logoi
Plato, From Menexenus
Cicero, From De Inventione
Athenaeus, From Deipnosophistae
Plutarch, From Lives
Against the Sophists
From Antidosis
*From Rhetoric
Rhetorica ad Herennium, Book IV
From De Oratore
*From Orator
From On the Sublime
From Institutes of Oratory


Christian Treatments of Rhetoric to Augustine
Rhetoric Under Siege in Europe to 1000 C.E.
The "Renaissance of the Twelfth Century"
The Rise of the University
The Arts of Letter Writing and Preaching
On Christian Doctrine, Book IV
An Overview of the Structure of Rhetoric
From The Principles of Letter Writing
*Geoffrey of Vinsauf
From Poetria Nova
Robert of Basevorn
From The Form of Preaching
Christine de Pizan
*From The Book of the City of Ladies
From The Treasure of the City of Ladies


Rhetoric and Italian Humanism
Italian Women Humanists
Humanism in Northern Europe: Agricola, Erasmus, and Ramus
Humanism and Rhetoric in England: Ramus Versus Cicero
Desiderius Erasmus
From Copia: Foundations of the Abundant Style
*From Ecclesiasties
*Baldesar Castiglione
From The Book of the Courtier
Peter Ramus
From Arguments in Rhetoric Against Quintilian
Thomas Wilson
From The Art of Rhetorique
Francis Bacon
From The Advancement of Learning
From Novum Organum
Margaret Fell
Women's Speaking Justified, Proved, and Allowed by the Scriptures
*Madeleine de Scudéry
Of Conversation
Of Speaking Too Much or Too Little. And How We Ought to Speak.
*Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
From The Poet's Answer to the Most Illustrious Sister Filotea de la Cruz


Rhetoric in the Enlightenment: An Overview
Seventeenth-Century Rhetoric
Eighteenth-Century Rhetoric
John Locke
From An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
*David Hume
Of the Standard of Taste
*Mary Astell
From A Serious Proposal to the Ladies
Giambattista Vico
From On the Study Methods of Our Time
Thomas Sheridan
A Course of Lectures on Elocution, Lecture IV
Gilbert Austin
From Chironomia
George Campbell
From The Philosophy of Rhetoric
Hugh Blair
From Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres


Richard Whately's Rhetoric
The Development of Women's Rhetorics
The Rhetorics of Men of Color
The Rhetoric of Composition
Romanticism and Rhetoric
Language, Rhetoric, and Knowledge
Richard Whateley
From Elements of Rhetoric
*Maria W. Stewart
Lecture Delivered At The Franklin Hall
Mrs. Stewart's Farewell Address to Her Friends in the City of Boston
Sarah Grimké
Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Woman, Letters III, IV, and XIV
*Frederick Douglass
From Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
From My Bondage and My Freedom
From The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
*Phoebe Palmer
The Promise of the Father, Chapter I
Tongue of Fire on the Daughters of the Lord
*Frances Willard
From Women in the Pulpit
From Women and Temperance
Alexander Bain and Adams Sherman Hill
Alexander Bain, From English Composition and Rhetoric
Adams Sherman Hill, From The Principles of Rhetoric
*Herbert Spencer
From The Philosophy of Style
Friedrich Nietzsche
On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense


Rhetoric and Composition
Speech Communication
Academic Rhetoric in Europe
Philosophy of Language versus Rhetoric
Semantics and Semiotics
The Meaning of Meaning in Philosophy and Literature
Meaning and Dialogism
Literature, Logic, Rhetoric, and Ethics
Rhetoric versus Logic
Discourse, Knowledge, and Ideology
Rhetorics of Gender, Race, and Culture in the Twentieth Century
The Reach of Rhetoric
Mikhail Bakhtin
From Marxism and the Philosophy of Language
From The Problem of Speech Genres
*Virginia Woolf
Professions for Women
Women and Fiction
Dorothy Richardson
From A Room of One's Own
I. A. Richards
I.A. Richards and C. K. Ogden, From The Meaning of Meaning
I. A. Richards, From The Philosophy of Rhetoric
Kenneth Burke
From A Grammar of Motives
From A Rhetoric of Motives
From Language as Symbolic Action
Richard Weaver
Language is Sermonic
The Phaedrus and the Nature of Rhetoric
Chaim Perelman
Chaim Perelman and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca, From The New Rhetoric
Chaim Perelman, From The Realm of Rhetoric
Chaim Perelman, The New Rhetoric: A Theory of Practical Reasoning
Stephen Toulmin
From The Uses of Argument
From Logic and the Criticism of Arguments
Michel Foucault
From The Archaeology of Knowledge
From The Order of Discourse
Jacques Derrida
Signature Event Context
*Wayne C. Booth
From Modern Dogma and the Rhetoric of Assent
Hélène Cixous
The Laugh of the Medusa
Hélène Cixous and Catherine Clément, A Woman Mistress
*Adrienne Rich
When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision
The Distance Between Language and Violence
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
The Signifying Monkey and the Language of Signifyin(g): Rhetorical Difference and the Orders of Meaning
*Gloria Anzaldúa
From Borderlands/La Frontera
*Stanley Fish

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    Perfect Resource for a Student of Rhetoric

    I like the comprehensiveness of the book, the organization, and the chapter introductions. Solid addition to my library.

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