Understanding African-American Rhetoric: Classical Origins to Contemporary Innovations / Edition 1

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First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415943871
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald L. Jackson II is Associate Professor of Culture and Communication Theory at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of The Negotiation of Cultural Identity (1999). Elaine B. Richardson is Assistant Professor of English and by courtesy, Applied Linguistics at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of African-American Literacies (Routledge, 2002).
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Table of Contents

1 Nommo, Kawaida, and Communicative Practice: Bringing Good into the World 3
2 The Spiritual Essence of African American Rhetoric 23
3 African American Orality: Expanding Rhetoric 43
4 "Jesus Is a Rock": Spirituals as Lived Experience 57
5 The Use of Public Space as Cultural Communicator: How Museums Reconstruct and Reconnect Cultural Memory 69
6 The Word at Work: Ideological and Epistemological Dynamics in African American Rhetoric 85
7 The Politics of (In)visibility in African American Rhetorical Scholarship: A (Re)quest for an African Worldview 99
8 Afrocentricity as Metatheory: A Dialogic Exploration of Its Principles 115
9 Africological Theory and Criticism: Reconceptualizing Communication Constructs 133
10 Every Man Fights for His Freedom: The Rhetoric of African American Resistance in the Mid-Nineteenth Century 155
11 "The Duty of the Civilized is to Civilize the Uncivilized": Tropes of Black Nationalism in the Messages of Five Percent Rappers 171
12 Death Narratives from the Killing Fields: Narrative Criticism and the Case of Tupac Shakur 187
13 Lauryn Hill as Lyricist and Womanist 209
14 The Kink Factor: A Womanist Discourse Analysis of African American Mother/Daughter Perspectives on Negotiating Black Hair/Body Politics 223
15 An Afrocentric Rhetorical Analysis of Johnnie Cochran's Closing Argument in the O.J. Simpson Trial 245
16 Afrocentric Rhetoric Transcending Audiences and Contexts: A Case Study of Preacher and Politician Emanuel Cleaver II 263
17 The Future of African American Rhetoric 285
18 The Discourse of African American Women: A Case for Extended Paradigms 293
About the Contributors 309
Index 315
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