Rhetorical Criticism

Rhetorical Criticism

Perspectives in Action


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Covering a broad range of rhetorical perspectives, Rhetorical Criticism: Perspectives in Action, third edition presents a well-grounded introduction to the basics of rhetorical criticism and theory in an accessible manner for advanced undergraduate courses and introductory graduate courses.

Throughout the text, sample essays written by noted experts in the field provide students with models for writing their own criticisms. In addition to covering traditional modes of rhetorical criticism, the book introduces less commonly discussed rhetorical perspectives as well as orientations toward performing criticisms including close-textual analysis, critical approaches, and analysis of visual and digital rhetoric.

The third edition includes the following features:

  • New chapters on visual rhetoric and digital rhetoric
  • Potentials and Pitfalls sections analyzing individual perspectives
  • Activities and discussion questions in each chapter
  • Glossary of important terms