Department of Rhetoric & Writing
Department of Rhetoric & Writing

The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies

Mon, October 2, 2017
The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies
The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies

A new book titled The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies has been published by the Oxford University Press and includes contributions by Professor Jeff Walker. The book offers a comprehensive look at the history of rhetoric as well as discussion about the future of the field.

The description from the publisher reads: 

One of the most remarkable trends in the humanities and social sciences in recent decades has been the resurgence of interest in the history, theory, and practice of rhetoric: in an age of global media networks and viral communication, rhetoric is once again "contagious" and "communicable" (Friedrich Nietzsche). Featuring sixty commissioned chapters by eminent scholars of rhetoric from twelve countries, The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies offers students and teachers an engaging and sophisticated introduction to the multidisciplinary field of rhetorical studies. 

The Handbook traces the history of Western rhetoric from ancient Greece and Rome to the present and surveys the role of rhetoric in more than thirty academic disciplines and fields of social practice. This combination of historical and topical approaches allows readers to chart the metamorphoses of rhetoric over the centuries while mapping the connections between rhetoric and law, politics, science, education, literature, feminism, poetry, composition, philosophy, drama, criticism, digital media, art, semiotics, architecture, and other fields. Chapters provide the information expected of a handbook—discussion of key concepts, texts, authors, problems, and critical debates—while also posing challenging questions and advancing new arguments. 

In addition to offering an accessible and comprehensive introduction to rhetoric in the European and North American context, the Handbook includes a timeline of major works of rhetorical theory, translations of all Greek and Latin passages, extensive cross-referencing between chapters, and a glossary of more than three hundred rhetorical terms. These features will make this volume a valuable scholarly resource for students and teachers in rhetoric, English, classics, comparative literature, media studies, communication, and adjacent fields. As a whole, the Handbook demonstrates that rhetoric is not merely a form of stylish communication but a pragmatic, inventive, and critical art that operates in myriad social contexts and academic disciplines.

The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies can be purchased from Amazon as well as directly from the Oxford University Press.

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