Consolatory Rhetoric explores Greco-Roman funeral rites to reveal how opposing symbols functioned rhetorically to comfort ancient communities. While the bulk of rhetorical criticism interprets written texts, Donovan Ochs broadens the traditional focus to consider non-verbal symbols as well as action and object languages. Ochs demonstrates that non-discursive dimensions of Greco-Roman burial rites held a place of particular persuasive significance in consoling the populace, and he attributes funeral customs practiced in contemporary Western civilization to the legacy of the ancient Greeks and Romans.
About the Author
Donovan J. Ochs is professor of rhetoric and communication studies at the University of Iowa. He is co-author of A Brief Introduction to Speech and The Rhetoric of Agitation and Control as well as co-editor of Explorations in Rhetoric: Studies in Honor of Douglas Ehninger.
What People are Saying About This
"Strikes new ground, using long-known materials effectively to describe the rhetorical effects of consolatory ritual."--(James J. Murphy, University of California-Davis)
"Historians of rhetoric have called for scholarship on this subject for years and now Donovan Ochs, one of our foremost experts, has given us some of his best work in response."--(Richard Leo enos, Carnegie Mellon University)