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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.

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. Connors provided of his own work writing the histories of 19th-century rhetoric and writing instruction in North America. North presented the process in linear stages, though he recognized that actual research is always recursive. First is the empirical stage, where relevant texts are identified, found, and validated. In the validation stage, the historian practices “internal criticism”: that is, examines the text in context ...

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