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Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition: Communication from Ancient Times to the Information Age [Paperback]

Theresa Jarnagin Enos
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March 17, 2010 0415875242 978-0415875240 1

Available for the first time in paperback, this classic reference surveys the field, covering rhetoric's principles, concepts, applications, practical tools, and major thinkers. Rhetoric is increasingly studied in the context of other disciplines, such as anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and pedagogy, because its well-established rules and time-honored methods are useful for developing modern communications and writing skills.

Drawing on the scholarship and expertise of 288 contributors, the Encyclopedia presents an overview of rhetoric and its role in contemporary education and communications, discusses rhetoric's contributions to various fields, surveys the applications of this versatile discipline to the teaching of English and language arts, and illustrates its usefulness in all kinds of discourse, argument, and exchange of ideas.

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""Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition offers the best guide to rhetoric and composition at understood and practiced in the United States."-Literary Research Guide "It is helpful to have a source such as this that can help people understand and analyze the ways that a message is crafted and why its creator chose to cast it in a certain way."-Rettig on Reference "An invaluable resource for our discipline...impressively broad in scope. These articles provide useful information and enjoyable browsing for even the most expert eye. The "Encyclopedia is not only a fine reference, but is also the ultimate coffee-table book. In five years, we'll wonder how we ever did without it."-Rhetoric Society Quarterly "A pleasure."-College Composition and Communication "Rhetoricians, whatever their disciplinary affiliation, will welcome the Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition as the most comprehensive, current reference in English in their field."-Journal of Communication

About the Author

Theresa Enos is founder and editor of Rhetoric Review and Professor of English at the University of Arizona, where she teaches writing and rhetoric. In addition to being the author of numerous publications on rhetorical theory and issues in writing, she is the editor of A Sourcebook for Basic Writing Teachers and Learning from the Histories of Rhetoric: Essays in Honor of Winifred Bryan Horner.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415875242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415875240
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As with any encyclopedia, some entries are better than others. For example, the Bacon entry is very limited in content (it doesn't even mention his Doctrine of the Idols) when compared to other entries (such as the very precise summary of Derrida and his theories). Suggested primary and secondary text citations are thorough. The index compliation is excellent and a great help for finding terms that are repeated throughout the history of rhetoric and developed or altered by various rhetors.

Thank you Theresa Enos!!! Grad students studying for comps, like me, will praise your name forever. This book is first on my list to purchase when I graduate and "find a real job."
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