- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; 2 edition (December 19, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520076699
- ISBN-13: 978-0520076693
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- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
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A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms 2nd Edition
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"The prose is wonderfully lucid, and the commentary is sensitive to the relationships not only between the traditions of rhetoric and recent developments in literature studies but also between rhetoric and the role of electronic technologies in formulating new notions of argument and textuality."--"Choice
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Originally rhetoric applied not to documents but the utterance. Not only in politics did it reign but in law. As Demosthenes persuaded Athenians to oppose Phillip of Macedonia, so did Cicero persuade the Roman senate to outlaw Cato. In those days rhetoric rendered by pen was negligible, by voice it was foremost in public affairs.
Oratory these days lacks the prominence it once had. Politics and trials depend more on agreement between influential individuals (the latter with a lawyers opening and closing statement has the edge over the former). Rhetoric as a study to aid a speaker on a survey of university curriculums is not even conspicuous by its absence. If reduced to near invisibility in the aural arts, rhetoric retains a visible presence in the written ones. Thus, this handbook of rhetorical terminology has value to a person interested in enhancing his/hers writing beyond the mechanics of punctuation, grammar, and usage. However rhetoric is not a cure-all. John Lyly’s Euphues is as bad in its excess of rhetoric as Dick and Jane is in its paucity of the same. Besides valuing rhetoric the ancient Greeks valued moderation too.
One thing to note: the Handlist has nothing related to 20th century rhetorical terminology. Don't expect concepts from Toulmin or Perelman to crop up here.