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The rhetoric of rhetoric : the quest for effective communication / Wayne C. Booth

Main Author Booth, Wayne C. Country Estados Unidos. Publication Malden : Blackwell, cop. 2004 Description 206 p. : il. ; 23 cm Series Blackwell manifestos ISBN 1-4051-1237-9 CDU 82.085
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In this manifesto, distinguished critic Wayne Booth claims that communication in every corner of life can be improved if we study rhetoric closely.

Written by Wayne Booth, author of the seminal book, The Rhetoric of Fiction (1961).
Explores the consequences of bad rhetoric in education, in politics, and in the media.
Investigates the possibility of reducing harmful conflict by practising a rhetoric that depends on deep listening by both sides.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I Rhetoric's Status: Up, Down, and - Up?
  • 1 How Many "Rhetorics"?
  • 2 A Condensed History of Rhetorical Studies
  • 3 Judging Rhetoric
  • 4 Some Major Rescuers
  • Part II The Need for Rhetorical Studies Today
  • 5 The Fate of Rhetoric in Education
  • 6 The Threats of Political Rhetrickery
  • 7 Media Rhetrickery
  • Part III Reducing Rhetorical Warfare
  • 8 Can Rhetorology Yield More Than a Mere Truce, in Any of Our "Wars"?
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Index

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Booth provides readers with a defense of ethical rhetoric while introducing them to the idea of "listening rhetoric," which he advocates throughout. Booth focuses on the need for the proper training of rhetorical studies in a contemporary setting. In so doing, he addresses rhetoric's place in education, politics, and the media. Unfortunately, Booth infuses criticism of George W. Bush's handling of the Iraq War and thus risks distracting his readers from his main purpose. Indeed, this constant criticism of Bush and current American foreign policy may lead some readers to view the book as a platform for Booth's politics rather than a defense of ethical rhetoric. Still, Booth's use of Bush as a contemporary and consistent example does make his abstract concepts more concrete. The book will be exceptionally helpful for new students of rhetoric, providing them with an accessible, well-articulated argument for the importance of the study of rhetoric while calling for excellence in the training of rhetors and rhetoricians. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All collections; all levels. R. McManus Judson College

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Wayne C. Booth is Distinguished Service Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Chicago. His previous publications include The Rhetoric of Fiction (1961), A Rhetoric of Irony (1974), Critical Understanding (1979), The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction (1988), The Craft of Research (with Williams and Colomb, 1994), and For the Love of It: Amateuring and Its Rivals (1999). Like most of his publications, his teaching has concentrated on diverse ways of improving human communication.

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