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Ethos: New Essays in Rhetorical and Critical Theory (SMU Studies in Composition and Rhetoric) Paperback – 1994

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press; First Trade Paperback edition (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870743457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870743450
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,978,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James S. Baumlin is a professor of English at Missouri State University, where he teaches Seventeenth Century English Literature, the history of rhetoric, and critical theories. He is also an editor of two small presses: Moon City, an academic press specializing in "Ozarks history, literature, and culture," and Et Alia, a private press specializing in "emerging artists" and "health and wellness."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 23, 2011
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Ethos can be an elusive animal partly because of its history. Baumlin and Baumlin have an excellent text that clarifies, yet challenges, the Western understanding of ethos. Contributors of this edited collection include (contemporary) rhetoric heavies such as Susan Jarratt, James Kinneavy, Jim Corder, and Victor Vitanza. But many others are well established in the field as well such as Jim Baumlin himself, Keith Miller, and Keith Sipiora.

My opening point about ethos being elusive partly derives from my ongoing education about it. For example, when one speaks of ethos, is it in the Aristotelian or Ciceronian perspective?
Nevertheless, the Baumlins edit a text (and contribute to it) that seems to leave few stones unturned as it were. From historical readings of ethos to using a feminist lens or even a psychological lens on ethos (both to expand our understanding), this collection has become a "go to" text when speaking of rhetorical ethos. I might add that many of the authors position their essay (to some degree) within the pedagogical frame of composition, which only adds to the text's usefulness for scholars.

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