The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies surveys the latest advances in rhetorical scholarship, synthesizing theories and practices across major areas of study in the field and pointing the way for future studies. Edited by Andrea A. Lunsford and Associate Editors Kirt H. Wilson and Rosa A. Eberly, the Handbook aims to introduce a new generation of students to rhetorical study and provide a deeply informed and ready resource for scholars currently working in the field.
Chapter 1: Historiography and the Study of Rhetoric
Historiography and the Study of Rhetoric
Historiography is the critical study of the assumptions, principles, and purposes that have informed a historical account—in our case here, of rhetoric. A good description of the methods that a historian might use to create a history of rhetoric was offered by Stephen M. North, who drew on descriptions Robert J. ...