- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 12, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199764115
- ISBN-13: 978-0199764112
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.3 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A rich and rewarding textbook that shows how stylistic features make for persuasion. It provides readers with a good introduction to the study of figures in the sense of classical rhetoric."--Linguist List
About the Author
Jeanne Fahnestock is Professor of English at the University of Maryland. She is the author of Rhetorical Figures in Science, and co-author of A Rhetoric of Argument.
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People who teach writing or edit would benefit from studying this book. If you are thinking of an MA or PhD in any communication field (written or oral or combined), this book is an excellent introduction by an outstanding professor. People who teach any subject and ask students to analyze language related to that subject would probably also benefit from it. And anyone who is simply interested in language and persuasion will find this a lucid guide to understanding how stylistic choices impact meaning/audience reception. It will definitely give you a different perspective on the daily communications that come your way.
The author divides the book into four parts that discuss and analyze the persuasive effects of stylistic choices in terms of: (1) word choice; (2) sentences; (3) the different interactions between or among the speaker/writer, the audience, other speaker(s)/writers(s), and the occasion and situation in which the speaker/writer is communicating; and (4) passage construction. The author's discussion, analysis, arguments, and conclusions are supported and illustrated by numerous examples of spoken and written language from ancient to modern times, excerpts and quotes from various articles and books about classical and modern rhetoric, thoughtful reasoning, astute observations and insights, and citations to numerous publications (which are listed in an extensive References section at the end of the book).
This book is very methodical and erudite, and requires a reader to invest time and careful attention to follow the author's discussion, analysis, arguments, and conclusions. The author's discussion, analysis, arguments, and conclusions are insightful, informative, thought-provoking, and generally persuasive. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in: (1) a scholarly approach to understanding and appreciating the persuasive use of stylistic choices in written and spoken language; (2) an interdisciplinary approach to examining various persuasive techniques in spoken and written language; or (3) how stylistic choices in written and spoken language can contribute to, and enhance, substantive arguments. Any reader not having some knowledge about, or experience with, classical or modern rhetoric, language analysis, linquistics, or argumentation theory probably will find the book to be too advanced and technical.
Readers who find this book interesting should consider also reading Sister Miriam Joseph, Shakespeare's Use of the Arts of Language and Haig Bosmajian, Metaphor and Reason in Judicial Opinions.