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The new edition of this highly acclaimed book, like the previous editions, surveys major approaches to rhetorical criticism through significant essays that explain and illustrate them. In this edition, several significant new essays from the literature and an updated organization reflect current issues, scholarship, critical practices, and classroom needs.
From H. A. Wichelns’s groundbreaking “The Literary Criticism of Oratory” to very recent essays on visual argument, gender issues, and contemporary political discourse, the essays in this volume reflect the historical development, diversity, and current practice of rhetorical criticism.
Collectively, the forty classic and contemporary essays in this book are among the most important and widely cited in the literature.
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ABOUT THE EDITOR
Carl R. Burgchardt teaches rhetorical criticism, critical methodology, history and criticism of United States oratory, and film criticism at Colorado State University. He received his bachelor's degree from Penn State, and his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published essays and book reviews in the Quarterly Journal of Speech. His previous book, Robert M. La Follette, Sr.: The Voice of Conscience, won the Outstanding Scholarship Award from the Colorado Speech Communication Association.