The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies


Edited by: Andrea A. Lunsford, Kirt H. Wilson & Rosa A. Eberly

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    Part II: Rhetoric Across the Disciplines

    Part III: Rhetoric and Pedagogy

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    Producing a collection of distinguished essays for The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies has been a rare privilege, but it has also been a challenge. What good fortune, then, to have had the support and assistance of so many colleagues and friends. To Todd Armstrong, who first broached the idea of this book and whose wisdom has guided us throughout the long writing and editing process, we owe a great debt of gratitude. In addition, SAGE's Deya Saoud has answered more questions and attended to more details than anyone should ever have been required to do, and she has done so with the greatest generosity and good humor. We are also grateful to Aja Baker and Sarah Quesenberry for their meticulous attention to detail.

    Without the remarkable work of a brilliant group of section editors, this book would not have been possible: The contributions of C. Jan Swearingen, Edward Schiappa, Cheryl Glenn, Martin Carcasson, Carolyn Miller, John Lyne, Rosa Eberly, and Kirt Wilson are apparent in every page of this volume. Their work was of course made possible by the contributors to this book, all of whom took on the task of writing new and deeply sourced overview essays on key topics in rhetorical studies on top of already crowded schedules and overextended lives. Enduring thanks to them as well.

    Special thanks also go to the scholars who provided insightful and critically helpful reviews of this work-in-progress: Mark Lawrence McPhail of the Department of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs at Southern Methodist University; Alisse Portnoy of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan; Patricia A. Sullivan of the Department of Communication and Media at the State University of New York, New Paltz; Jeffrey Walker of the Division of Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Texas; and David Zarefsky of the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University.


    Language is a place of struggle.

    —bell hooks (1990)

    Rhetoric appears as the connective tissue peculiar to civil society and to its proper finalities, happiness and political peace.

    —Marc Fumaroli (1983)

    Some speech for another history.

    —Peter Dimock (1998)

    The idea of a SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies emerged in 2004 during conversations among the SAGE editor Todd Armstrong and Professors Andrea Lunsford and Jim Aune. It seemed like a good idea, one whose time had come: This Handbook would join a long list of other distinguished handbooks published by SAGE, volumes designed to provide overviews of the best scholarship in important fields, to serve not only as an introduction for advanced undergraduate and graduate students but also as a reference text for established scholars. Moreover, this Handbook would come at a time when rhetoricians in departments of communication—under siege from both empirical-social scientists and university administrators—were building alliances to maintain their disciplinary legitimacy and when rhetoricians in English departments were increasingly joining ranks with their colleagues in writing studies to form new departments, occasionally with rhetoric in their titles. On the national scene, the dangerously misguided bumbling of the second Bush administration pointed to the urgency of making a shared space for critique, resistance, and alternative rhetorical visions of viable 21st-century democracy. Internationally, scholars in English and communication were making serious efforts to include and study the rhetorical theories and practices of Europe, Africa, and Asia.

    That was nearly 4 years ago, before we had any idea of how difficult it would be to bring out this volume. The conceptualization, after all, had come easily enough: This volume would be written and edited by scholars in both English and communication studies. A multidisciplinary perspective would extend the project's scope and bring together voices that could articulate the complex roadmaps of interdisciplinary rhetoric. The editorial team was chosen with these principles in mind. Jim Aune, Kirt Wilson, Martin Carcasson, John Lyne, and Ed Schiappa were trained primarily in communication departments; Andrea Lunsford, Cheryl Glenn, Carolyn Miller, and Jan Swearingen were trained primarily in English studies; Rosa Eberly was trained in English, writing studies, and speech communication and holds faculty appointments in both communication and English. We paired scholars from each field around topics of common concern (noting, not to put too fine a point on it, that all the scholars from one discipline were men and all those from the other were women). Why then did we encounter significant difficulties? In a nutshell, despite the proximity of our fields, working collaboratively across English and communication turned out to be even more complicated than we had imagined it would be.

    Nearly 25 years earlier, scholars in communication and in English also had worked together to honor Edward P. J. Corbett in a volume called Essays on Classical Rhetoric and Modern Discourse (Connors, Ede, & Lunsford, 1984). The introduction to that volume attributes the “decline” of rhetoric after its momentary revival in 18th-century America to three forces: (1) the tendency to equate rhetoric with Hugh Blair's concept of belles lettres rather than to focus on classical rhetoric as the productive art of public discourse, (2) increased specialization of disciplines and the rise of English, and (3) the growing emphasis on written discourse rather than oral performance in college and university curricula. Particularly important, in hindsight, was the series of disciplinary divorces that transpired as groups broke away from the Modern Language Association (MLA), founded in 1883. The first to establish its own identity was the group that began the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in 1911, taking rhetoricians such as Fred Newton Scott and other scholars of oral communication with them. Scholars such as James Winans and James O'Neill worked to create an organization of their own, and in 1914 the National Association of Academic Teachers of Public Speaking (later the Speech Communication Association and now the National Communication Association [NCA]) was born, effectively severing the ties between speaking and writing, which remained in English. Addressing the history of communication studies in his 1998 Arnold Lecture, Bruce Gronbeck (1999) noted the gendered nature and consequences of these disciplinary changes. In the United States at the turn of the 20th century, “female elocutionists were associated with fine arts, and male rhetoricians with the socio-political arts…. [R]hetoric and elocution were largely gendered, and the women were sent home when rhetorical studies came to dominate collegiate and university instruction” (p. 8).

    In 1924, the Linguistic Society of America took as its mission advancing “the scientific study of language.” This disciplinary narrowing and fragmenting was not good for rhetoric, an interdisciplinary and synthetic art capable of bringing together knowledge and ability in various fields with audiences and exigencies of various kinds. Thus, those who studied and professed rhetoric found themselves—often for practical or quotidian rather than theoretical or ideological reasons—housed in very different departments or schools or both. Ironically, the events that fragmented the study of rhetoric revealed a cross-disciplinary anxiety: how to legitimize the study and practice of human rhetorical interaction as the central concern of education and not simply as an ancillary interest and how to do so in the context of a field of study and practice denominated a nondiscipline at the very moment of its literal founding, when Plato put the -ic in rhetoric (rhetor-ike).

    Several additional 20th-century developments—theoretical, methodological, and practical—also returned attention to rhetoric. An educational shift toward communication as a fundamental skill brought publicity and occasionally controversy to the arts of speaking and writing and, particularly, the relationship between the quality of instruction and the proper functioning of workplaces and polities. The influence of the University of Chicago teachers and critics Richard McKeon, Ronald Crane, and Richard Weaver, as well as Kenneth Burke (associated, though never officially affiliated, with Chicago), generated attention to pluralist “ideas and methods” and the theoretical, critical, and practical consequences of different points of departure. Daniel Fogarty's (1959) Roots for a New Rhetoric paved the way for still another “new rhetoric” that would emerge as European scholars encountered Anglo-American rhetoric; and, most notably in Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca's (1969) The New Rhetoric and in the founding of the journal Philosophy and Rhetoric, some philosophers moved their foci from formal and informal logic to rhetorical inquiry.

    In 1949, the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) provided an opportunity to bring those in English and in communication together. Despite this effort, teachers of writing and of speaking were nearly entirely unaware of each others’ work, as they have remained until very recently. In the 1960s, however, more cross-fertilization seemed possible with the founding of The Rhetoric Society of America (RSA), whose first newsletter (December 1968) lists as members of its founding board of directors Edward P. J. Corbett, Wayne C. Booth, John Rycenga, William Irmscher, Ross Winterowd, Henry Johnstone, Richard Larson, Robert Gorrell, Joseph Schwartz, Richard Hughes, Harry Crosby, Owen Thomas, and Donald C. Bryant. These scholars came from English, speech, philosophy, and linguistics, a virtual reuniting of the groups that had splintered in the early 20th century. While this august board of intellectuals reflected the creative spirit of inquiry that marked the 1960s, it failed to represent what was, perhaps, the most enduring challenge to the post-World War II academy, the inclusion of women and minorities. This group was diverse in some ways but not in others: As was all too common at the time, no women or people of color appeared among the leaders.

    Thus, at the end of the tumultuous 1960s, rhetoric stood at an important crossroads. In communication, the methods of Neo-Aristotelian criticism were no longer viable, and administrators and department chairs began to wonder whether rhetoric might benefit from the methodologies that their colleagues in the social sciences had embraced. In English, scholars expressed a renewed interest in rhetoric not only as a forgotten tradition but also as a potential resource for intellectual inquiry. Simultaneously, students across the academy challenged their professors to explain how two and a half millennia of rhetorical history mattered to the political issues that animated their private and public lives. Within these contexts, an interdisciplinary group of scholars assembled, in 1970, at the Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, Wisconsin. The rationale for the conference, as expressed to the National Endowment for the Humanities by the Speech Communication Association, was fourfold: (1) Unrest at home and abroad necessitated a reevaluation of traditional theories of persuasion; (2) technological change had created new problems that required new methods of analysis; (3) scholars needed to consider the new perspectives suggested by shifts in psychology, linguistics, philosophy, English, and anthropology; and (4) rhetoric required a new formulation to reach its scholarly and pedagogical potential (“Rhetoric Project Assured,” 1969). In their 1971 book, Bitzer and Black modestly summarized the purpose of Wingspread and its accompanying conference, Pheasant Run, as an effort to “outline and amplify a theory of rhetoric suitable to 20th-century concepts and needs” (p. v).

    Even a partial list of those who attended Wingspread gave one reason for hope. The presence of Carroll Arnold, Edwin Black, Henry Johnstone, Wayne Booth, Chaim Perelman, Lloyd Bitzer, Edward P. J. Corbett, Samuel Becker, and Richard McKeon suggested that a truly cross-disciplinary approach to the study of rhetoric was imminent. Again, however, the absence of even a single woman or person of color, despite the conference's extensive attention to the era's political issues, reveals the dissociations that sustained this particular intellectual community. Regardless, the Wingspread and Pheasant Run conferences did play a role in rhetoric's evolution across the academy, largely because the scholars who attended these conferences legitimized a kind of methodological pluralism. They had reoriented theoretical development, first, toward the “new rhetorics” and, eventually, toward critical theory and philosophy. Most important, conference participants had broadened the object domain of rhetorical inquiry. “It is imperative,” they concluded, “that rhetorical studies be broadened to explore communicative procedures and practices not traditionally covered” (Bitzer & Black, 1971, p. 238). The impact of this expansion was both disciplinary and personal.

    This reflection provides one concrete example of disciplinary identifications and divisions, of one scholar's journey that in some ways reflects the status of rhetoric and rhetorical education in the United States in the mid- to late 20th century. What had seemed so promising in the 1970s as a matter of theoretical expansion and again in the 1980s as a revival of classical rhetoric, which increasingly informed writing (and rhetoric) programs, began to wane as the emphasis shifted strongly to composition theory and practice in English and prescriptive methods of rhetorical criticism in communication. The CCCC program, long a bellwether for shifts in the English discipline, featured fewer and fewer sessions on rhetoric, and composition journals reflected the same shift. In the meantime, communication departments continued the emphasis on empirical studies and on social science methodologies, leaving many humanist rhetoricians on the fringes of these departments. These trends, along with the pressing sense of fragmentation, denied rhetoric a chance to inform university curricula or national discussions of educational priorities and reform.

    In 2000, at the biennial meeting of the RSA, a large group of rhetoric scholars met in open session to talk about how better to coordinate our scholarly and political efforts for the good of rhetorical studies and our shared worlds. During 2001 and 2002, conversations at national meetings brought scholars of rhetoric in English and in communication together once again to address their related interests. In particular, the creation of the Alliance of Rhetoric Societies (ARS) constituted a community of scholars from existing academic societies devoted entirely or in some part to rhetorical studies, including American Forensic Association, American Society for the History of Rhetoric, Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric, Canadian Society for the History of Rhetoric, Conference on College Composition and Communication, International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR), International Society for the Study of Argumentation, Kenneth Burke Society, National Communication Association, and Rhetoric Society of America. In inviting members of these organizations to join the ARS Board, Gerard A. Hauser (a contributor to this volume) wrote that ARS would “seek to regularize dialogue among rhetoricians and, thereby, promote a comprehensive intellectual community of rhetoricians who share in the common labor of scholarship” (personal communication, 2001). Today, ARS is chaired by the University of Minnesota's Art Walzer (a contributor to this volume), and the group includes representatives from most professional societies interested in rhetoric, writing, and argumentation.

    In September 2003, the ARS held the “Conference on the Status and Future of Rhetorical Studies” at Northwestern University; addressing four major issues: (1) How ought we understand the concept of rhetorical agency? (2) Do we have a “rhetorical tradition,” or are we better advised to think of “traditions”? If we do recognize a tradition or several traditions, how do we identify and characterize it (or them)? (3) What should be the institutional and social goals for academic rhetoric in the 21st century? How can rhetoric best contribute to the social, political, and cultural environment that extends beyond the university? (4) What does it mean to teach rhetoric? What does it mean to teach composition and performance seriously? What is the relationship between rhetoric and composition? Should they be distinguished? Four plenary speakers and respondents kicked off this working conference, which resulted in a set of reports/position papers later published in Rhetoric Society Quarterly (Summer 2004). Since then, ARS has continued to explore these issues and to sponsor workshops during RSA meetings; the 2007 workshop devoted much of its time to probing the relationship between rhetoric in communication and rhetoric in writing and English programs; to working toward making rhetoric more visible in places such as the American Council of Learned Societies, the Survey of Earned Doctorates, and the National Research Council; and to developing model undergraduate major programs (within both disciplines) that could encourage the founding of more such majors. In 2008, ARS will hold a workshop as part of RSA's biennial institute.

    The efforts of ARS demonstrate that we continue to try to learn, think, and work collaboratively. Yet in spite of ARS, fragmentation continues; as our three narrative accounts of the roadmaps we consulted (and stumbled on) in coming to rhetoric suggest, scholars in rhetoric reside in several different departments—now not only Communication and English but also newer departments of Writing Studies; Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media; Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures; Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, and so on. Such an array of disciplinary homes is not unique to rhetoric; indeed, it may indicate, in part, the decline of disciplines as we have known them for the past 100 years. Consider the many homes of scholars who study media, for example, or cognition: While interdisciplinarity is still very, very hard to do, the experiences of women's or gender studies departments or ethnic studies departments are instructive; traditional disciplinarity is clearly fraying at the edges. If there is to be a sustainable 21st-century revival of rhetoric, we will need to think well beyond old boundaries; furthermore, we will have to work productively together to discredit and defeat reactionary attacks on any and all disciplines ending with “studies” and to explain rhetoric—pluralistically and pragmatically and well—to a variety of academic and public audiences. The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies hopes to participate in just such a revival by mapping the territory of rhetoric today and by laying solid groundwork on which scholars can build something new. Coming together to create a rhetoric capable of moving beyond disciplinarity means, among other things, coming to grips with a series of key problematics.

    The Nature, Scope, and Function of Rhetoric

    Among the many issues facing our field of study, the long-standing debate over the nature, function, and scope of rhetoric continues to loom large. Rhetoric has been viewed as the “counterpart” of dialectic (Aristotle), as the art of speaking well (Quintilian), as the purview of elocution and pronunciation alone (Ramus), as the study of misunderstandings (Richards), as the “symbolic means of inducing cooperation in beings that by nature respond to symbols” (Burke, 1969, p. 43), and as “hot air” or deceptive practices (Plato, Chaucer, Locke, and a host of others). As a plastic art that molds itself to varying times, places, and situations, rhetoric is notoriously hard to pin down, and arguments about how to define rhetoric and what its scope should be characterize the long history of Western rhetoric.

    The earliest U.S. colleges and universities defined rhetoric narrowly, in Ramistic terms, but as the works of Cicero and Quintilian became more widely available in the 18th century, rhetorical education in the United States began to adopt broader definitions; books such as John Ward's (1759) A System of Oratory considered invention and arrangement as within the scope of rhetoric, along with style and delivery. Yet as writing took on more and more importance in higher education and as college student populations doubled and tripled and new students flooded the campuses, this broader definition of rhetoric began to give way to restricted conceptions of rhetorical and grammatical correctness rather than to a more expansive Ciceronian understanding of the arts of rhetoric.

    In addition, and very important, during the 19th and early 20th centuries, the curriculum shifted its primary focus from the production to the consumption of discourse: Whereas students in earlier times had opportunities to practice rhetoric—in speeches, debates, dramatic performances, and other aspects of the old progymnasmata—they were now made increasingly to focus on reading (consuming writing by others), while they themselves wrote, sometimes daily, perfunctory “themes” that were graded primarily for correctness. If we take the long view, we can see that the rise of writing (from before the time of the printing press well into the 20th century) goes hand in hand not only with the decline of robust oral traditions and the production of discourse but with capitalist commodification of value as well. What can be commodified, of course, can be owned and protected; hence, the regime of copyright launched in the early 18th century grew to control texts, to allow for only certain kinds of circulation, and to grant rights of production to a few while denying them to many. Such protected and valuable texts were to be consumed by students and the general public alike; any writing that students did would be in response to these commodified and protected great works. And rhetoric, previously understood as a culturally productive and practical art, was left to focus in its most legitimated forms on the arts of effective oral persuasion or hermeneutics. During the same time period, literature came to define itself as imaginative literature—“high” forms of fiction and poetry, thus excluding much that had been within the grasp of rhetoric but was now excluded from it.

    The Status of Rhetorical Knowledge

    Such limited definitions of rhetoric clearly affect the status of rhetorical knowledge as well. In the Western tradition, the argument between philosophy and sophistry perfectly captures competing conceptions of rhetorical knowledge, with philosophy linking Truth to dialectic and logic and the sophists linking contingent truth to rhetoric. In the Phaedrus and Gorgias, Plato makes his case clear: The way to knowledge, truth, and wisdom comes through the application of rigorous logical principles. Rhetoric, more akin to cooking or ornamentation, could create the appearance of truth but not truth itself. While Plato does sketch in what a noble rhetoric might look like toward the end of the Phaedrus, it is clear that he doesn't expect such an art to be probable, or even possible.

    In the debate between philosophy and rhetoric, philosophy long held the upper hand. But 20th-century challenges to Platonic notions of truth and knowledge began to mount as thinkers across a range of fields (from physics and history to literature, sociology, economics, and even law) began to build more relational, contingent, social theories of knowledge. In 1967, the influential Central States Speech Journal published Robert L. Scott's “On Viewing Rhetoric as Epistemic,” effectively launching a debate over the nature of knowledge within rhetorical circles. Drawing on the work of Stephen Toulmin, Douglas Ehninger, and Wayne Brockriede, Scott argues that humans “must consider truth not as something fixed and final but as something to be created moment by moment in the circumstances in which [they find themselves] and with which [they] must cope.” Scott concludes by saying, “In human affairs, then, rhetoric, perceived in the frame herein discussed, is a way of knowing; it is epistemic” (p. 17). Scott's essay drew response and criticism from several quarters, which Scott answered in three additional essays (1976, 1990, 1994). But in spite of Barry Brummett's (1990) declaration that epistemic rhetoric was dead (a declaration vehemently denied by Richard Cherwitz & James Hikins, 1995, 1998), scholars continue to acknowledge rhetoric's ability to make knowledge and define contingent truths.

    This social turn in rhetorical studies is paralleled in composition, especially in the early work of Janet Emig, whose The Composing Processes of Twelfth Graders (1971) laid the groundwork for her influential essay “Writing as a Mode of Learning” (1977), in which she argued that writing is a means of creating knowledge. During the next decade, James Berlin (1987) developed the concept of “social epistemic rhetoric,” which he defined as “the study and critique of signifying practices in relation to subject formation within the framework of economic, social, and political conditions” (p. 77). For Berlin, this form of rhetoric views knowledge as produced through the relationship among writers, communities, and contexts. Thus, there can be no Truth but only the kinds of contingent truths rhetors struggle to create. Berlin's goal was to engage student writers in the kind of cultural and political critique that could lead to transformative change.

    It is beyond the scope of this introduction to trace the myriad paths of the social turn in communication, rhetoric, and writing and the ways in which that turn has led to an understanding of rhetoric and writing as capable of both creating and shaping knowledge—epistemic, doxastic, material. Suffice it to say that, in terms of a theory of knowledge, rhetorical scholarship today is much closer to sophistic than Platonic concepts of knowledge: In the absence of absolute certainty, rhetoric is the art (and theory and practice) that can guide humans to make the best decisions possible in any given circumstance. Furthermore, as Kenneth Burke (1969) reminds us, rhetoric is perhaps the primary means through which humans overcome their physical separation to create communities, affiliations, and networks of collective meaning. What kind of contingent truths rhetoric can produce and what status those truths should enjoy, however, remain as fraught as ever: A viable and sustainable 21st-century rhetorical turn will need to build a strong case for rhetoric as seeing, making, and doing.

    Future scholarship also must make room for theories that view rhetoric as something more than an epistemology and an instrument of persuasion. In communication studies, the work of critical cultural scholars such as Raymie McKerrow (1989), Maurice Charland (1987), Dana Cloud (1994), and Ronald Greene (1998) resists easy distinction between rhetoric and its circulation or its consequences. To understand rhetoric materially is to consider, first, that existing structures, institutions, and modes of distribution are technologies of communication not unlike words and symbols. The print technologies that so interest cultural historians and many scholars in English are more than just vehicles for knowledge or its formulation. They also are material elements that constitute and sustain print cultures; consequently, these technologies have an impact on meaning and communal relations and systems of social power. What distinguishes a speech text from a printing press is, from this perspective, a complex question. Both are simultaneously the means and the products of rhetoric. In recent years, critical perspectives on rhetoric have had a profound and often controversial impact on both communication and English. Their influence is evident especially in the study of agency and identity.

    Rhetorical Agents and Agency

    What we have been calling the social turn in rhetoric leads to a careful consideration of participants in rhetorical situations and, more particularly, the nature of those participants. No challenge has been greater for rhetoric in postmodern times than that of accounting for rhetorical agents and their agency. Concerns with subjectivity and agency, of course, grew out of the Enlightenment, with its emphasis on originality and on the individual, words that came to have very different meanings than they had held in the past. For instance, prior to the 18th century, “originality” meant not uniqueness but a return to origins; indeed, an individual was most often understood as one from among a series of types as set forth by Plato, Aristotle, Theophrastus, and other historically distant sacred and secular writers. As theorists reacted against the Enlightenment, they inevitably turned to the teleology and individualism of that period, declaring the (decidedly individual, autonomous) author to be dead and illustrating the degree to which “individuals” are rather constituted in and through discourse, at best occupying “subject positions.” In reflecting on the problem of agency at the ARS conference, Karlyn Kohrs Campbell (2005) commented wryly,

    The term “agency” is polysemic and ambiguous, a term that can refer to invention, strategies, authorship, institutional power, identity, subjectivity, and subject positions, among others. I imagine myself in my speech writer persona rafting down a river filled with rapids named Barthes, Derrida, and Foucault at the end of which I must navigate a vortex of feminist controversy with Judith Butler, Seyla Benhabib, Nancy Fraser, and Michelle Ballif as sirens luring me seductively toward disaster as I consider whether the phoenix of female agency can emerge out of the ashes of the dead male author. (p. 1)

    Indeed, feminist theorists have resisted the post-structuralist challenge to individual autonomy and agency, often noting with irony the fact that no sooner had women established claims to autonomy and agentive power than those concepts were declared “dead.” Most certainly, Maria Stewart, W. E. B. Du Bois, Julia Cooper, Ralph Ellison, and Richard Wright did not need a critique of subjectivity to understand the contingent nature of Black identity, but they chose not to abandon agency either. Similarly, buoyed by end-of-philosophy pragmatism, scholars such as Fraser and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak have helped articulate notions of strategic essentialism that bracket insoluble theoretical questions in favor of positive social change in actually existing communities. In short, notions of agency, particularly in material practice, do not necessarily reify the Cartesian dualism.

    Rhetoricians too had a hard time giving up on agency: After all, despite differences in linguistic and cultural traditions, the concept of the rhetor as a person who could and did do things with language has been a hallmark of Western rhetorical theory. In her ARS talk, a version of which was later published in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Campbell (2005) offered a series of propositions about rhetorical agency today:

    [Agency is] communal and participatory, hence, both constituted and constrained by externals that are material and symbolic; is “invented” by authors who are points of articulation; emerges in artistry or craft; is effected through form; and is perverse, that is, inherently, protean, ambiguous, open to reversal. (p. 2)

    Like many of their colleagues in communication, scholars of rhetoric and writing in English also have worked to posit a sense of agency that would reject Enlightenment norms while providing for the possibility of meaningful symbolic action. A long-standing but now somewhat dated joke in the field features graduate students, deep into post-structuralist theory in their seminars, learning that all the world is a text and that meaning is infinitely deferred, and then going to teach their (usually required) writing classes in which they mentor young students in shaping voices and messages to which others can and will respond. In fact, composition and rhetoric have long resisted the attacks on agency, working rather to build a sense of empowerment and authority in student writers. It is not unusual for students to coauthor scholarly articles in the field (see, e.g., Anderson et al., 1990); and for the past 5 years, Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric has served as a venue for student writers to publish their work, offering them another means of exerting a form of agency.

    Among the many scholars of writing who have addressed issues of agency, we point particularly to Lester Faigley (1992), Susan Miller (1998), Cheryl Glenn (1997, 2004), and Jacqueline Jones Royster (1996, 2000). Writing from within the intellectual traditions of African American women, Royster provides an eloquent rationale for the kinds of agency practiced and passed down from one generation of Black women to another. Karlyn Kohrs Campbell's (1973, 1986; Campbell & Jerry, 1988) groundbreaking work on 19th- and 20th-century feminist rhetoric recognizes both the traditional and the nontraditional forms of agency employed by women orators. Likewise, Michael Leff's (1986, 1992; Leff & Sachs, 1990) invitation to critics to consider the artistry of exemplary texts not only helped start the close textual movement in communication studies, but also reintroduced the speaker's inventional power as an important consideration of the rhetorical situation.

    If rhetoric has needed to retain some possibility of rhetorical agents and agency, it seems imprudent to lean too far in that direction today, especially given what we know about the relationship between agency and the traditional concept of Western individualism—the belief that human beings can act in purely autonomous ways. This sense of agency, after all, can be seen as deeply ethnocentric, suggesting that all of culture and society are simply the accumulated results of radically individual actions. In the case of enabling student writers to take on authorship and agency, the danger is overt: As Don Kraemer (1991) says, “Asking students to be like us” is “simultaneously oppressive and emancipatory: oppressive because the students are enjoined, emancipatory because the students’ and teachers’ discourse communities change as they join” (p. 54). As a result, we need to take special care in constructing occasions for students to engage with rhetorical agency. Yet in spite of these very real dangers, most contemporary theorists make room for at least some form of agency, with thinkers such as William Sewell (1992) describing a “capacity for agency” in all people and arguing, moreover, that agency is both individual and collective (pp. 20–21) and Charles Taylor (1985a, 1985b) arguing that all people have the potential to act as agents. In communication studies, Michael Leff writes of the work of rhetoricians who are “seeking to discover a more intricate relationship between rhetorical performance and the social and cultural milieu,” particularly noting James Crosswhite's argument that rhetorical agency results from an “interplay between individual action and the cultural environment in which individuals speak and act” (Leff & Lunsford, 2004, p. 63). Rhetorical scholars trained and practiced in public as well as academic scholarship will be more able, pragmatically and pluralistically, to explain rhetorical agency to—and practice rhetorical agency with—a wide variety of audiences across and beyond their campuses and communities.

    Campbell (2005) sums up her meditation on agency, which includes a memorable exploration of the works, person, and responses to Sojourner Truth, by saying,

    What needs to be resisted is a simplistic, humanistic view of agency rooted in the theory of George Campbell and his contemporaries, and the simplistic approaches to cause and effect that arose out of some social scientific approaches to the study of mass communication, for example. What is needed are synthetic, complex views of authorship as articulation, of the power of form as it emerges in texts of all sorts, of the role of audiences in appropriating and reinterpreting texts when they emerge and through time, and of the links of all these to the cultural context, material and symbolic, in which discourse circulates. (p. 17)

    Rhetoric and Public Engagement

    If rhetoricians have sought a space for rhetorical agency, they have done so in some sense by claiming agency—the power to take efficacious actions—for rhetoric itself. As the discussion above suggests, rhetoricians in both communication and English believe that the work of rhetoric should and does make a difference in the world. Indeed, the concept of rhetorical agency demands a realm within which its agency is manifest, and thus rhetoric has long sought to encourage civic engagement, to create public spaces for deliberation and debate, and to help develop a robust theory of the public sphere. In particular, rhetoricians have worked to provide a means of moving beyond Habermas's (1962/1989) view of public life as a form of spectator sport dominated by corporate media and consumerism. A subfield within communication has focused on public discourse studies as scholars explore the relationships among “public,” “public sphere,” and “public discourse.” Among many we could name, Gerard Hauser (2003, 2004) has articulated a sphere of rhetorical action in which rhetors can identify and resist what Wayne Booth (2004) calls “rhetrickery” and take action to establish and maintain civic life. Within English, rhetoricians such as Selfe and Hawisher (2000) have helped characterize and explore the way new media create civic and public spheres that writers and speakers can shape as well as participate actively within. The debate over whether or not such a rhetorical public sphere can be developed and maintained, either virtually or materially, will not be settled anytime soon, since we have much to learn about how discourse arises and circulates in digital contexts. In fact, today the very concepts of public and private have been called into question by the explosion of social networking sites, with the argument that such sites constitute the most important arena for public discourse today. The spectacular growth of social networking sites began in earnest with in 1997 and hit the mainstream in 2003 with MySpace, followed by Face-book (2004) and YouTube (2005). Scholars, teachers, and parents were quick to note that such sites privileged the public over the private; in fact, users of the sites seemed not to feel a need for what many older people consider the right to privacy. As a result, privacy concerns have arisen, especially in terms of younger users (George, 2006). Whatever the eventual effect of social networking sites, the public is unlikely to abandon them, and the public sphere likely cannot do without their millions of users.

    Rhetoric and Pedagogy

    For scholars of rhetoric, the opening up of new publics and new arenas for public discourse presents a welcome challenge, an opportunity to test our theories of the epistemic capacity of rhetoric as well as theories of rhetorical agency and civic engagement. They also offer the opportunity for revisiting rhetoric's relationship to pedagogy, since so much of what we teach is affected by new and highly mediated environments. Of the issues we have discussed that face rhetoric today, pedagogy is the one that in some ways has most clearly separated scholars in communication from those in English/rhetoric and composition. Attention to teaching and to pedagogy has been central to the work of scholars in rhetoric and writing: Indeed, an insistent attention to pedagogy has been said—often pejoratively—to define the field. In contrast, communication has deemphasized pedagogy; it has not been a prominent aspect of the discipline's most public and celebrated scholarship. To be sure, teachers of speech founded the discipline, and The Speech Teacher, now Communication Education, has 80 years of published history and many dedicated readers. Nevertheless, conference panels on the basic speech course and theories of pedagogy do not receive the attention of panels devoted to public address, rhetorical theory, or critical/cultural communication. Furthermore, although the accepted histories of rhetoric in communication begin with affirmations about the public-speaking course, they quickly move on to disputes over research methodology and theory. The International Society for the History of Rhetoric exemplifies this stance in its dismissal of pedagogy: “We do not accept papers on pedagogy,” they have said. The dismissal of pedagogy is not unique to communication or ISHR, of course; MLA has only reluctantly yielded pedagogy a place at the disciplinary table. Even in the CCCC, which was founded on pedagogical concerns, a sometimes bitter conflict has sprung up between theory and practice, with those advocating for the crucial role of theory arguing that studies in composition/rhetoric will not prosper or mature unless the field gives up its attachment to practice, to pedagogy.

    This teaching-based distinction between communication and composition may, however, be resolving itself. The ARS conference, for example, kicked off with both Jerzy Axer and Jeffrey Walker sounding a similar theme: Rhetoric, they both argued, is a teaching tradition (see Walker, 2003). In his address, Walker sketched in two distinct impetuses in rhetoric: one toward production of theoretical knowledge and the other toward development of the communicative capacities necessary to civic life in a democracy. This second impetus is what Walker sees as rhetoric's teaching tradition, one that offers “a gymnastic for the mind” as well as a habitus for life.

    Scholars in rhetoric and composition would agree with Walker's and Axer's view of rhetoric as a teaching tradition and with the importance of our working proactively to put rhetoric at the center of the educational enterprise (Walker, 2003). In addition, they would agree on the need to focus on a range of communicative abilities—including writing, reading, speaking, and listening. It has been instructive to see renewed attention to speaking, especially; as speech departments morphed into communication departments, the often-required speech courses began to disappear, yet students’ need to “stand and deliver” in various media continued to grow. As a result, many rhetoric and writing programs began incorporating speaking into the curriculum, sometimes working with their colleagues in communication to teach multimodal communication most effectively.

    Rhetoric(S) and Tradition(S)

    As Walker (2003) suggests, whether the goal of rhetoric is to theorize or to teach depends in large part on how the rhetorical tradition is defined. And certainly this issue of traditions is at the heart of many debates among rhetoricians today. While scholars acknowledge that rhetoric is a universal art in the sense that every language will carry with it theories and modes of persuasion and communication, it is still the Western tradition of rhetoric that speaks most loudly and that still makes claim to being “the” rhetorical tradition.” In point of fact, the focus on Western rhetorical traditions is evident in major resources such as the Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition (Enos, 1996), the Encyclopedia of Rhetoric (Sloane, 2001), Bizzell and Herzberg's The Rhetorical Tradition (2001), and most standard histories of the field (see, e.g., Howell, 1975; Kennedy, 1980)—and in this volume as well. In addition, most graduate courses on rhetorical history lean heavily toward the West. But the dominance of Western rhetoric has come under increasing scrutiny as scholars have explored other rhetorical traditions and, within the Western tradition, have sought to recover or redefine a rhetorical tradition that would include women, people of color, and those who practiced as well as theorized about rhetoric.

    At the ARS conference, two groups spent 3 days debating the question of rhetorical tradition/traditions. In reporting on these discussions, Pat Bizzell and Susan Jarratt 2004) say,

    Although some wanted to emphasize that even the traditional tradition is not monolithic, others, the majority, wanted to emphasize that we must talk of multiple histories and must encourage much more study of figures and texts never before included in “traditional” studies of rhetorical traditions. (p. 20)

    Participants in these discussions tried out a number of different terms, metaphors, and models, concluding (not a little ironically), “Do we have a rhetorical tradition then? Well, the answer seems to be yes, as long as we don't conceptualize it as a ‘tradition’ and don't restrict it to only one, traditional-tradition, history” (p. 21). Throughout, participants wrestled with the practicalities—and the ethics—of how to teach the history of rhetoric in ways that honor such multiple histories, how “responsibly to meet the obligation to move out of a narrow sphere of established scholarship (Western, elite, male-dominated)—to ‘world-travel’—without becoming a tourist” (p. 21).

    The editors of the forthcoming Norton Anthology of Rhetoric and Writing have struggled for several years with how best to meet such a challenge. Declaring in a prospectus for the volume that it would attempt to

    re-shape the field of rhetoric and writing, first by refusing a separation of the language arts (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), second by refusing a separation of theory and practice, and finally by refusing to define rhetoric as a western phenomenon only. By focusing on rhetorics rather than rhetoric, this anthology will acknowledge and value the existence of many different rhetorics across time and culture. Such a focus will also broaden and complicate our understanding of Western rhetorical traditions and enable us to become more critical and skeptical when the categories of these Western traditions are being applied to the study of speech in, for example, China, India, Africa, or elsewhere in the world. Finally, a focus on practice as well as theory will allow us to include powerful performances of rhetoric, again across time and cultures. (Lunsford, 2004)

    These were bold words. As the editors (LuMing Mao, Jacqueline Jones Royster, Susan Jarratt, Thomas Miller, Robert Hariman, and Andrea Lunsford) have found—and as those at the ARS conference would have predicted—they have been hard to deliver on. But not impossible. As this book goes to press, The Norton Anthology of Rhetoric and Writing is slowly but surely taking shape, and while it will certainly fail to achieve its goals fully, it hopes to make a strong start in that direction. In any event, this anthology will join a growing body of work on rhetorical traditions in Africa, China, Japan, Mexico, India, Sweden, and many other places as well.

    While some essays in The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies focus primarily on scholarship related to the Western tradition, a number push in new directions, beyond Greece and Rome and the Western tradition. Certainly the voices of women and other marginalized groups are now part of the history of rhetoric as well as part of the discussions of disciplinary discourse, pedagogy, and the public arena. As C. Jan Swearingen and Edward Schiappa point out in their introduction to Part I of this volume, some new transcultural rhetorical studies reveal that practices “regarded as ‘feminine’ in the West are in other cultures regarded as elegant, elite, and educated.” Readers of this volume will find women's voices, and their work, present in each part.

    Balancing views from the fields of communication and English, The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies aims to contribute to the debates outlined in this introduction—on how to locate rhetoric institutionally; to define the nature, function, and scope of rhetoric; to assess the status of rhetorical knowledge; to characterize rhetorical agency; to encourage civic engagement and develop a theory of the public sphere; and to reexamine the relationship between rhetoric and pedagogy. In attempting to survey the territory of rhetorical scholarship today, we have divided the book into four parts: Historical Studies in Rhetoric; Rhetoric Across the Disciplines; Rhetoric and Pedagogy; and Rhetoric and Public Discourse. The first part comprises nine essays that treat major periods in rhetorical history as well as specialized topics within that history, such as historiography, argumentation, religion, feminist perspectives, and comparative rhetorics. The essays in Part II, on rhetoric across the disciplines, provide intensive surveys of work on rhetoric and the natural sciences, literary criticism and theory, health and medicine, international relations, and economics; this part concludes with a look at the rhetoric of interdisciplinarity. The part on pedagogy and rhetoric takes up the question of whether or not rhetoric has always been a teaching tradition in essays that explore pedagogical issues related to introductory courses in composition and in communication, in upper-division courses, and in larger communities of practice, concluding with a meditation on “Challenges to a Rapprochement Between Speech Communication and English.” Finally, the fourth part—on rhetoric and public discourse—focuses on historical, critical, and theoretical approaches to rhetoric as it engages, participates, and helps shape (mostly U.S.) publics and public spheres. Together, the essays across these four parts aim to provide roadmaps to rhetoric's disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and occasionally postdisciplinary guises, maps useful not only to students at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels who want a strong introduction to the field but also to scholars of rhetoric (in English, communication, and related fields such as classics, law, or history) who will use the Handbook and its extensive bibliographies in their scholarly work and lives. It is this work—and these lives—that will create rhetoric's future and draw new maps for helping us see how to get there.

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  • Author Index

    About the Editors

    Andrea A. Lunsford is the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English, Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University, and a member of the faculty of The Bread Loaf Graduate School of English. She has designed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in writing history and theory, rhetoric, literacy studies, and intellectual property and is the author or coauthor of many books and articles, including The Everyday Writer; Essays on Classical Rhetoric and Modern Discourse; Singular Texts/Plural Authors: Perspectives on Collaborative Writing; Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women in the History of Rhetoric; Everything's an Argument; Exploring Borderlands: Composition and Postcolonial Studies, and Writing Matters: Rhetoric in Public and Private Lives.

    Kirt H. Wilson is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the University of Minnesota's Communication Studies Department. Winner of the National Communication Association's New Investigator Award (2001) and the Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award (2002), he is the author of The Reconstruction Desegregation Debate. He is currently working on two book manuscripts—first, a study of the theory and practices of imitation in the 19th century and, second, a study of the sentimental aesthetics in contemporary commemorations of the civil rights movement.

    Rosa A. Eberly is Associate Professor in the departments of Communication and English and a Fellow of the Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of Citizen Critics: Literary Public Spheres, The Elements of Reasoning, and studies on rhetoric, civic engagement, and public scholarship in journals such as Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Rhetoric Review, and New Directions for Teaching and Learning.

    About the Contributors

    Smiljana Antonijevic is completing her Ph.D. in Rhetoric at the University of Minnesota, specializing in Internet studies. Her research focuses on social aspects of information and communication technologies, virtual ethnography, and nonverbal communication in virtual environments. She is a coeditor of Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Community, and Culture of Weblogs; she has published several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in the field of Internet studies.

    Jarrod Atchison is Assistant Professor of Speech Communication and the Director of Debate at Trinity University. His primary research interest concerns 19th-century public address with a focus on the public discourse of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. A secondary research interest stems from his position as Director of Debate, which involves publishing debate theory pieces designed to improve the practice of intercollegiate debate in the United States. His research has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Speech and Women's Studies in Communication.

    James Arnt Aune is Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the historical sociology of rhetoric, especially the interaction between rhetoric and the technical discourses of economics and law. He is the author or editor of four books: Rhetoric and Marxism (1994), Selling the Free Market (2001), Civil Rights Rhetoric and the American Presidency (2004), and The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric (2008). He is also the editor of Free Speech Yearbook.

    David Beard is Assistant Professor of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His research approaches rhetoric at the intersection of disciplines of communication, composition, and philosophy. He has published essays in Philosophy and Rhetoric, Southern Communication Journal, Reference and User Services Quarterly, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and in several anthologies in rhetoric and composition. He has served as editor of the International Journal of Listening and coeditor of the collected edition of Advances in the History of Rhetoric: The First Six Years with Richard Enos. He is currently working on a book on I. A. Richards and the Anglo-American roots of the New Rhetoric.

    Vanessa B. Beasley (Ph.D., University of Texas) is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of You, the People: American National Identity in Presidential Rhetoric and editor of Who Belongs in America: Presidents, Rhetoric and Immigration. Her research has also been published in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Communication Monographs, Political Communication, and elsewhere. She teaches courses in political communication, rhetorical criticism, presidential rhetoric, and the history of public address in the United States.

    Thomas W. Benson is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Rhetoric at Penn State University. He is the author or editor of 13 books, most recently Writing JFK: Presidential Rhetoric and the Press in the Bay of Pigs Crisis; American Rhetoric in the New Deal Era; and The Rhetoric of the New Political Documentary. He is a former editor of The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Quarterly, and The Review of Communication.

    Don Bialostosky is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. His primary responsibility is in the Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric Program, and he also teaches history of criticism and the British romantic poets. He is the author of Making Tales: The Poetics of Wordsworth's Narrative Experiments (1984) and Wordsworth, Dialogics and the Practice of Criticism (1992) and coeditor with Lawrence Needham of Rhetorical Traditions and British Romantic Literature (1995). He has also published widely on the Bakhtin School. He has taught at the Universities of Utah, Washington, and Toledo and at Stony Brook and Pennsylvania State Universities. He is currently finishing a book on rhetoric in the Bakhtin School.

    Stephen Howard Browne is Professor of Rhetorical Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Jefferson's Call for Nationhood (2003), Angelina Grimké: Rhetoric, Identity, and the Radical Imagination (1999), and Edmund Burke and the Discourse of Virtue (1993).

    Karlyn Kohrs Campbell is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Her publications include Critiques of Contemporary Rhetoric; The Rhetorical Act; Man Cannot Speak for Her (2 vols.); Interplay of Influence: News, Advertising, Politics, and The Mass Media; Deeds Done in Words: Presidential Rhetoric and the Genres of Governance; Form and Genre: Shaping Rhetorical Action. She has edited Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1800–1925: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook, Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1925–1993: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook, and the Quarterly Journal of Speech (2000–2004). Her articles appear in Philosophy and Rhetoric, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Communication Studies, Communication Education, Communication and Cultural/Critical Studies, and Women's Studies in Communication.

    Martin Carcasson is Assistant Professor in the Speech Communication Department at Colorado State University (CSU) and the founder and director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation. His research interests are focused on deliberative democracy and rhetoric and public affairs, especially concerning public policy issues such as poverty, education, freedom of speech, and the environment. His essays have appeared in journals such as Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and the International Negotiation.

    Edward M. Clift is Associate Professor and Chair of Communication at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. Drawing on research interests that range from rhetoric to communication ethics, he teaches classes on media culture, interpersonal communication, and communication theory. He recently edited How Language Is Used to Do Business: Essays on the Rhetoric of Economics (2008). Clift serves as a reviewer for Vestnick: Theory and Practice of Communication, an international journal sponsored by the Russian Communication Association (RCA). The undergraduate student government at his university named him Faculty Advisor of the Year in 2006. In mid-2008, he was appointed Director of the School of Media, Culture & Design.

    Robert Cox is Professor of Communication Studies and the Ecology Curriculum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His principal areas of research and teaching are rhetorical theory, environmental communication, and the discourse of social change/social movements, including critical studies of civil rights, labor, antiwar, and environmental movements. His current work explores the influence of “crisis disciplines” in the natural sciences and medicine on the emerging scholarship in environmental communication. His 2006 book Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere is the recipient of the Christine L. Oravec Award in Environmental Communication. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh (1973). His work has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, Communication Monographs, Argumentation and Advocacy, and the Journal of Applied Communication.

    James Darsey is Professor of Communication at Georgia State University. His work, concentrating largely on radical rhetorics and the rhetorics of marginalized people and groups, has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Monographs, the Western Journal of Communication, Communication Studies, and in a number of anthologies and reference works. His work has been recognized with the B. Aubrey Fisher Award and the Randy Majors Award, and his 1997 book, The Prophetic Tradition and Radical Rhetoric in America, was the recipient of the National Communication Association's Diamond Anniversary and Winans-Wichelns awards and of the Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award from the Public Address Division of NCA. The Prophetic Tradition and Radical Rhetoric in America has been widely cited in work in public address. Darsey is presently working on a project on cosmopolitan rhetoric.

    Greg Dickinson is Associate Professor in the Department of Speech Communication at Colorado State University. His research concerns the intersections of rhetoric, place, memory, everyday life, consumer culture, and suburbia. He investigates local built spaces as a mode to understand the ways specific places engage individuals as well as to build a theory about the materiality and spatiality of rhetoric. In 2007, he (along with his coauthors Brian L. Ott and Eric Aoki) won the NCA Visual Communication Division Excellence in Scholarship Award. His essays have appeared in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Southern Journal of Communication, and Western Journal of Communication.

    Richard Leo Enos is Professor and Holder of the Lillian Radford Chair of Rhetoric and Composition at Texas Christian University. His research concentration is in classical rhetoric with an emphasis on the relationship between oral and written discourse. He is the past president of the Rhetoric Society of America and former editor of Advances in the History of Rhetoric. In 2006, he was awarded the George E. Yoos Distinguished Service Award by the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) and was inducted as an RSA Fellow.

    Jeanne Fahnestock is a Professor in the Department of English, University of Maryland. She is the author of Rhetorical Figures in Science (1999/2002) and coauthor of A Rhetoric of Argument (3rd ed., 2004). She has published articles and contributed chapters on rhetorical theory, argument, language analysis, and the rhetoric of science. She served on the Board of Directors of the Rhetoric Society of America and was co-organizer of its conference in 2000. She has directed the Professional Writing Program and the combined University Writing Programs at Maryland.

    Christina R. Foust is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Communication Studies at the University of Denver. Her research and teaching engage rhetoric, power, and social change in a variety of contexts, including social movements, political discourse, and popular culture. Her current projects focus on retheorizing relationships between resistance and the body, social subjectivity, and collective action in light of global justice activism. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Robert Cox as her dissertation advisor. Her dissertation won the 2005 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Dissertation award from the National Communication Association; it is currently being revised into a book manuscript. Her work has appeared in the Western Journal of Communication, Review of Communication, and Women's Studies in Communication.

    Lynée Lewis Gaillet is Associate Professor of English at Georgia State University and President of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. She is the editor of Scottish Rhetoric and Its Influences and author of numerous articles and book chapters addressing writing program administration and the history of rhetoric/writing practices. Currently, she is coediting with Winifred Bryan Horner the second edition of The Present State of Research in the History of Rhetoric.

    Cheryl Glenn is Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women's Studies and codirector of the Center for Democratic Deliberation at The Pennsylvania State University. She is also Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. In the summers, she teaches courses in rhetoric and writing at the Bread Loaf School of English, a summer graduate program especially geared to secondary school teachers. Her scholarly work focuses on histories of women's rhetorics and writing practices, processes for the teaching of writing, and inclusionary rhetorical practices and theories. Her publications include Rhetoric Retold: Regendering the Tradition From Antiquity Through the Renaissance, Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silence, Rhetorical Education in America, The St. Martin's Guide to Teaching Writing, The Writer's Harbrace Handbook, Making Sense: A Real-World Rhetorical Reader, and The Harbrace Guide to Writing. With Shirley Wilson Logan, she coedits the Southern Illinois University Press series, “Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms.” Her scholarship has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Richard Braddock Best Article of the Year Award from College Composition and Communication, and an Outstanding Article Award (shared) from Rhetoric Review.

    Laura J. Gurak is Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is author of Cyberliteracy: Navigating the Internet With Awareness (2001) and Persuasion and Privacy in Cyberspace: The Online Protests Over Lotus Market Place and the Clipper Chip (1997), the latter of which was the first book-length study to use rhetoric to study online communication. She is the coeditor of an electronic edited collection, Into the Blogosphere (, which was published entirely on a blog and explores the communicative features of Weblogs. Her research continues to focus on the rhetorical and social dynamics of digital communication.

    Gerard A. Hauser is Professor of Communication and College Professor of Distinction at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the editor of Philosophy and Rhetoric. His publications include Introduction to Rhetorical Theory, second edition (2002) and Vernacular Voices: The Rhetoric of Publics and Public Spheres (1999). He is the past president of the Rhetoric Society of America and recipient of its George Yoos Distinguished Service Award. He is an RSA Fellow and an NCA Distinguished Scholar. His current research focuses on vernacular rhetoric as a means of resistance.

    Maria T. Hegbloom is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Communication from Boise State University. Her research is largely focused on the theory and philosophy of communication, with particular emphasis on critical and cultural theories. Her current work is concerned with the relationship between neoliberalism, globalization, and democracy.

    Bruce Horner is Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville, where he teaches courses in composition, composition pedagogy and theory, and literacy studies. His books include Writing Conventions (2008), coauthored with Min-Zhan Lu; Terms of Work for Composition: A Materialist Critique (2000), winner of the 2001 W. Ross Winterowd Award for the Most Outstanding Book in Composition Theory; Key Terms in Popular Music and Culture (1999), coedited with Thomas Swiss; and Representing the “Other”: Basic Writers and the Teaching of Basic Writing (1999), coauthored with Min-Zhan Lu. His essays have appeared in journals such as College Composition and Communication, College English, JAC, Rhetoric Review, English Education, and the Journal of Basic Writing. “English Only and U.S. College Composition,” an essay he coauthored with John Trimbur, won the 2002 Richard Braddock Award. His scholarship is frequently cited, and he has been a guest speaker at national and international venues.

    Sue Hum is Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the coeditor of two anthologies: Ways of Seeing, Ways of Speaking: The Integration of Rhetoric and Vision in Constructing the Real (2007) with Kristie S. Fleckenstein and Linda T. Calendrillo and Relations, Locations, Positions: Composition Theory for Writing Teachers (2006) with Peter Vandenberg and Jennifer Clary-Lemon. Her research and teaching interests include postprocess composition theory, multicultural and contrastive rhetoric, and cultural studies. She is completing a manuscript titled “Networked Learning, Learning Networks: The Nature of Students’ Literacies in Course Management Software.”

    Connie Kendall is Assistant Professor of Literacy in the Center for Access and Transition at the University of Cincinnati, where she teaches various courses in developmental reading and writing as well as a graduate seminar in basic writing theory and pedagogy. Her research interests center on the history and politics of literacy testing in U.S. contexts, and she is currently at work on a book project that examines the connections between “high-stakes” tests of literacy and nation building. Her essays appear in Rhetorical Agendas: Political, Ethical, Spiritual (2006), Untenured Faculty as Writing Program Administrators: Institutional Practices and Politics (2007), and The Literacy Standard (in press).

    Zornitsa D. Keremidchieva is a visiting Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She holds a B.A. from the American University in Bulgaria, two M.A.s from the University of Maine, and a Ph.D. in communication studies with graduate minors in feminist studies and literacy and rhetorical studies from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests are in the areas of feminist rhetorical theory and history, congressional rhetoric, and critical citizenship studies.

    Julie Thompson Klein is Professor of Humanities at Wayne State University. She has also held visiting posts in Japan and New Zealand and was a Fulbright professor in Nepal and Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges & Universities. She is an internationally recognized expert on interdisciplinary research, education, and problem solving. She received the Kenneth Boulding Award for outstanding scholarship on interdisciplinarity and has lectured and consulted throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, the South Pacific, and Asia. She has also served on national task forces and advised public and private agencies. Her authored and edited books include Interdisciplinarity: History, Theory, and Practice (1990); Interdisciplinary Studies Today (1994); Crossing Boundaries: Knowledge, Disciplinarities, and Interdisciplinarities (1996); Mapping Interdisciplinary Studies (1999); Transdisciplinarity: Joint Problem Solving Among Science, Technology, and Society (2001); Interdisciplinary Education in K-12 and College (2002); and Humanities, Culture, and Interdisciplinarity: The Changing American Academy (2005).

    John Lyne is Professor of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves on the faculty of the graduate program in Bioethics and is a resident fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science. His work on philosophical and theoretical issues in rhetoric, argumentation, and rhetoric of science appears in journals and edited volumes both inside and outside the field of communication. He has been editor-in-chief for a book series on Rhetoric and the Human Sciences. A past president of the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology and an active member of the National Communication Association, he has also served as department chair at the University of Iowa and the University of Pittsburgh. He has directed several national award-winning dissertations. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978.

    Min-Zhan Lu is Professor of English and University Scholar at the University of Louisville, where she teaches courses in composition, composition pedagogy and theory, life writing, critical and cultural theory, and theories of languages and literacies. Her books include Shanghai Quartet: The Crossings of Four Women of China (2001); Comp Tales, coedited with Richard Haswell (2000); and Writing Conventions (2008), coauthored with Bruce Horner. Her work is frequently cited and has been reprinted both in general readers and in scholarly collections such as Feminism and Composition (2003), Landmark Essays in Basic Writing (2001), and Landmark Essays on Writing Processes (1994). She is the winner of the Richard Braddock Award (2005) and the Mina Shaughnessy Award (1992), as well as several teaching awards, and she has served as a keynote and featured speaker at national and international venues.

    Arabella Lyon is Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York, Buffalo, and is the author of the Ross Winterowd Award winner Intentions: Negotiated, Contested, and Ignored. She is currently working on two book-length projects, one on transnationalism and comparative rhetoric and the other on deliberative democracy, human rights, and speech act theory.

    Joyce Irene Middleton is Associate Professor of English at East Carolina University. She has published essays on rhetorical memory, orality, and literacy; on pedagogy, race, and gender; and writings by Toni Morrison in journals such as College English, Journal of Advanced Composition, and Cultural Studies; and in scholarly collections such as African American Rhetoric(s): Interdisciplinary Perspectives and the award-winning Calling Cards: Theory and Practice in the Study of Race, Gender, and Culture. She was awarded a position in the 2001 NEH Summer Institute for Black Film Studies. She teaches and writes about visual rhetoric in film and film as a form of public pedagogy. She served as a guest coeditor, with Krista Ratcliffe, for a special issue on Whiteness Studies in Rhetoric Review (Fall, 2005), and she is a member of the editorial board for the Rhetoric Society Quarterly. She is completing a book-length project on race, whiteness, and gender, titled “Shifting the Gaze”: Toni Morrison and “Race Matters” Rhetoric.

    Carolyn R. Miller is SAS Institute Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Technical Communication at North Carolina State University. She has published essays on digital rhetoric, rhetorical theory, the rhetoric of science and technology, and technical communication in journals such as Argumentation, College English, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetorica, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly, as well as in many edited volumes. Her publications have received three awards from the National Council of Teachers of English. She has lectured and taught in North America, Europe, and South America. She is a past president of the Rhetoric Society of America and current editor of Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

    Gordon R. Mitchell is Associate Professor of Communication and Deputy Director of the Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. His book Strategic Deception (2000) won the National Communication Association's Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, while Hitting First (coedited in 2006 with William Keller) is the lead title in the University of Pittsburgh's Ridgway-Ford “Security Continuum” book series. His research has also appeared in journals such as The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs; Science, Technology, and Human Values; and the Quarterly Journal of Speech, while his briefing papers have been published by organizations including the Federation of American Scientists, the International Security Information Service (United Kingdom and Europe), and the Peace Research Institute, Frankfurt. As an intercollegiate debate coach, he has guided teams to two national championships and currently serves as Director of the William Pitt Debating Union.

    Roxanne Mountford is Associate Professor of English at the University of Kentucky. She teaches rhetorical history, theory, and criticism; ethnographic research methods; composition pedagogy; and gender issues in communication. She is the author of two books, The Gendered Pulpit: Preaching in American Protestant Spaces and Women's Ways of Making It …In Rhetoric and Composition (with Michelle Ballif and Diane Davis), and numerous articles and book chapters. Her research focuses on rhetorical performance, religious rhetoric, research methodology, the future of the discipline, and feminist issues in rhetoric and composition.

    Brian L. Ott is Associate Professor of Media and Rhetorical Studies at Colorado State University. An award-winning scholar and teacher, he has published widely in national and regional journals, including Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Western Journal of Communication, Southern Communication Journal, Women's Studies in Communication, and The Journal of Popular Culture. He is author of The Small Screen: How TelevisionEquips Us to Live in the Information Age and editor of the Western Journal of Communication.

    Edward Panetta is Associate Professor of Speech Communication and the Director of Debate at the University of Georgia. His research program is in the area of argumentation. One element of his project is the work associated with the development of a nationally visible intercollegiate debate program. As an outgrowth of working with the Georgia Debate Union, he publishes debate theory pieces that are intended to influence the practice of intercollegiate debate in the United States. A second element of his research is the assessment of argumentation in public movements. He focuses on the impact of economic transformation on religious, environmental, and labor rhetoric. His research has been published in journals such as Argumentation, Communication Quarterly, Free Speech Yearbook, and Argumentation & Advocacy.

    Angela G. Ray is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. As a rhetorical critic, she studies public discourse of the 19th-century United States, with particular interests in popular education, commercial entertainment, and social reform. Her essays have appeared in Argumentation and Advocacy, the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Women's Studies in Communication. She received awards from the American Forensic Association, the National Communication Association, and the Rhetoric Society of America for her 2005 book, The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States, a study of the development of the popular lecture circuits.

    Joshua R. Ritter is a doctoral candidate in Communication at Georgia State University. His main area of interest is rhetoric and religion, and he is currently exploring issues surrounding rhetorical theology and the various historical and contemporary intersections of rhetoric and religion. An ordained Baptist minister, he has served as a chaplain at the Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, Texas, as well as at the Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where he began exploring ways in which pastoral care might be approached as a rhetorical process. He received an M. Div. from the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University.

    Kate Ronald is the Roger and Joyce L. Howe Professor of English at Miami University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in composition and rhetoric and directs the Howe Writing Initiative in the School of Business. Her recent publications include Reason to Believe: Romanticism, Pragmatism, and the Teaching of Writing, coauthored with Hephzibah Roskelly (1998), and Available Means: An Anthology of Women's Rhetoric(s) (2001) and Teaching Rhetorica (2006), both coedited with Joy Ritchie.

    Edward Schiappa is Professor and Chair of the Communication Studies Department of the University of Minnesota, where he holds the Paul Frenzel Chair of Liberal Arts. He writes about classical and contemporary rhetorical theory, with particular interests in definitional controversies, theories of interpretation, and the rhetorical work of popular culture. His books include Protagoras and Logos: A Study in Greek Philosophy & Rhetoric, Landmark Essays on Classical Greek Rhetoric, Warranting Assent: Case Studies in Argument Evaluation, The Beginnings of Rhetorical Theory in Classical Greece, Defining Reality: Definitions and the Politics of Meaning, and Beyond Representational Correctness: Rethinking Criticism of Popular Media. He has published in journals in English, communication, classics, psychology, and philosophy.

    Judy Z. Segal is Professor of English at the University of British Columbia, where she teaches rhetorical history and theory rhetoric of science, and rhetoric of health and medicine. Her monograph, Health and the Rhetoric of Medicine (Southern Illinois University Press), appeared in 2005. Her recent essays appear in journals such as Journal of Medical Humanities and Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness, and Medicine, and in the books Unfitting Stories: Narrative Approaches to Disease, Disability, and Trauma (edited by V. Raoul et al., 2007) and Rhetoric of Healthcare: Essays Toward a New Disciplinary Inquiry (edited by B. Heifferon and S. Brown, 2007). Her current research project is entitled “Values and Public Persuasion: The Rhetoric of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising for Prescription Pharmaceuticals.” From 2003 to 2007, she was a member of the President's International Advisory Committee for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

    Wendy B. Sharer is Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition at East Carolina University. She is the author of Vote and Voice: Women's Organizations and Political Literacy, 1915–1930 (2004), coauthor of 1977: A Cultural Moment in Composition (2007), and coeditor of Rhetorical Education in America (2004). Her work has also appeared in Rhetoric Review and Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

    Christine Mason Sutherland was educated at Oxford and McGill and is now Professor of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary, where she teaches courses in rhetoric and the history of rhetoric, and also the senior seminar in Communications Studies. She has published essays on the rhetoric of St. Augustine of Hippo and on the plain style movement of the 17th century, but her work has mostly been on women in the history of rhetoric. In 1999, she was the principal editor of The Changing Tradition: Women in the History of Rhetoric, commissioned by the International Society for the History of Rhetoric. Her single-authored book, The Eloquence of Mary Astell, a study of the theory and practice of an important 17th/18th-century thinker and writer, was published in 2005.

    C. Jan Swearingen is Professor of English at Texas A&M University, where she teaches courses in the history and theory of rhetoric, comparative studies in literacy, feminist theory, Chinese rhetorical traditions, the rhetoric of religion, and Colonial American oratory. The author of Rhetoric and Irony: Western Literacy and Western Lies and editor of Rhetoric, the Polis, and the Global Village, she has served as President of the Rhetoric Society of America and as Chair of the MLA Division on the History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition and the Division on Language and Society.

    Elizabeth Tasker is Assistant Professor of English at Stephen F. Austin State University, where she teaches writing and 18th-century literature. Her research interests include Restoration actresses, 18th-century female authors, historiography, and the rereading of Restoration and 18th-century drama as performative rhetoric. She has published articles on feminist historical rhetoric in Peitho and Rhetoric Review.

    Frans H. van Eemeren is Professor of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory, and Rhetoric at the University of Amsterdam, Department Head, and Director of the Research Program “Argumentation and Discourse” and the Research Master Program “Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory, and Philosophy” (RAP). He is Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association, Fulbright Professor, recipient of various research awards, chairman of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA), and editor of the journal Argumentation and Springer's Argumentation Library. Together with Rob Grootendorst, he developed the influential pragma-dialectical theory of argumentation. Among his book publications are Speech Acts in Argumentative Discussions; Argumentation, Communication and Fallacies; and A Systematic Theory of Argumentation (with Grootendorst); Reconstructing Argumentative Discourse (with Grootendorst, Jackson, and Jacobs); Fundamentals of Argumentation Theory (with other prominent argumentation scholars); Dialectic and Rhetoric (with Houtlosser); and Argumentative Indicators in Discourse (with Houtlosser and Snoeck Henkemans).

    Arthur E. Walzer is Professor in Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is the author of George Campbell: Rhetoric in the Age of the Enlightenment (2003), coeditor (with Richard Graff and Janet Atwill) of The Viability of the Rhetorical Tradition (2005), and coeditor (with Alan G. Gross) of Rereading Aristotle's Rhetoric (2000). His essays have appeared in Rhetorica, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Review, and other periodicals. He is past president of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric and immediate past Board Chair of the Alliance of Rhetoric Societies.

    Morris Young is Director of English 100, Associate Professor of English, and faculty affiliate in Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was formerly a faculty member at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His research and teaching focus on composition and rhetoric, literacy studies, and Asian American literature and culture. His essays and reviews have appeared in College English, Journal of Basic Writing, Amerasia and Composition Forum, and he has contributed chapters to many edited collections, including The Literacy Connection (1999), Personal Effects: The Social Character of Scholarly Writing (2001), East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture (2005), and Women and Literacy: Local and Global Inquiries for a New Century (2007). His book Minor Re/Visions: Asian American Literacy Narratives as a Rhetoric of Citizenship (2004) received the 2004 W. Ross Winterowd Award and the 2006 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. With LuMing Mao, he is coeditor of the collection Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric.

    David Zarefsky is Owen L. Coon Professor of Argumentation and Debate and Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. Among his publications are President Johnson's War on Poverty: Rhetoric and History and Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate, both of which received the Winans-Wichelns Award for distinguished scholarship in rhetoric and public address from the National Communication Association. He also has been named an NCA distinguished scholar. He is a former president of the National Communication Association, the Rhetoric Society of America, and the Central States Communication Association. He wishes to acknowledge especially the assistance of Angela G. Ray and Kirt Wilson.

    Margaret D. Zulick is Associate Professor of Communication at Wake Forest University. She now teaches and conducts research in rhetorical theory and criticism, American public discourse, the history of rhetoric, and prophetism in American public discourse. Her recent publications include “The Ethos of Invention: The Dialogue of Ethics and Aesthetics in Kenneth Burke and Mikhail Bakhtin,” The Ethos of Rhetoric (2004, M. J. Hyde, Ed., pp. 34–55) and “Prophecy and Providence: The Anxiety Over Prophetic Authority,” Journal of Communication and Religion, 26(2) (2003). Her Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Northwestern University, 1993) concentrated in rhetoric of the Hebrew Bible and was conducted under the auspices of the Garrett/Northwestern Joint Program in Religious Studies.

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