The History and Theory of Rhetoric: An Introduction

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The History and Theory of Rhetoric offers an accessible discussion of the history of rhetorical studies in the Western tradition, from ancient Greece to contemporary American and European theorists. By tracing the historical progression of rhetoric from the Greek Sophists of the fifth century B.C. to contemporary studies - such as the rhetoric of science and feminist rhetoric - this book teaches what rhetoric is and what unites differing rhetorical theories throughout history. The History and Theory of Rhetoric uses concise contemporary examples throughout and emphasizes the relevance of rhetoric to today's readers. For anyone interested in Rhetorical Theory.

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James A. Herrick (MA University of California, PhD University of Wisconsin) is the Guy Vander Jagt Professor of Communication at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where he has taught since 1984. Herrick is the author or editor of seven books as well as a number of scholarly articles, encyclopedia entries, and reviews. In addition to his work on the history of rhetoric, Professor Herrick’s interests include new religious movements and the social implications of new biotechnologies. In 2013 his co-edited volume, After the Genome: A Language for Our Biotechnological Future, received the National Communication Association’s Ethics Division Edited Collection of the Year Award. Herrick is a founding member of the Baylor University Press series in rhetoric and religion.

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The History and Theory of Rhetoric balances illuminating and concise reviews of canonical thinkers with critical discussions of the rhetorical tradition's blind spots, internal conflicts, and periodic course corrections. Its accessible prose and lively pace help students readily apprehend potentially intimidating material, and recognize how the insights of the past reverberate through contemporary culture.

-Brett Ingram, Ph.D., Boston College, USA

Offering a foundation that encompasses over 2000 years, this text is digestible and meticulous rather than reductive. The author synthesizes history and theory such that readers can easily reference one part of the book while reading another and can utilize its term lists long after the first read. It is both a critical sourcebook and required reading for anyone interested in how rhetoric evolved.

-Zosha Stuckey, Towson University, USA

In my opinion, The History and Theory of Rhetoric is the best rhetorical history textbook on the market. Students at all levels appreciate its engaging, straightforward approach. Even so, serious philosophical and theoretical questions that arise from rhetoric's history receive the attention and care they deserve. The book strikes a perfect balance between accessibility and rigor.

-Jackie Wheeler, Arizona State University, USA

James Herrick invites students "further up and further in" to the contours and depths of the art of rhetoric. He offers serious engagements with historical texts that ground the art and wades into the currents of contemporary theories that simultaneously interrogate and rely upon our rhetorical heritage.

-Calvin L. Troup, Geneva College, USA

The History and Theory of Rhetoric is not simply a book but a fascinating journey to explore the magnificent world of mind and speech interconnection throughout centuries, and its influence on various social developments of humanity. It is diverse and inclusive for all times and civilizations. The book is easy to understand and never simple. It provides valuable knowledge, useful skills and competitive tools. The book is a must for all those who want to explore the World of rhetoric!

-Anahit Parzyan, Nanjing University, China

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