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 23: History of Public Discourse Studies
History of Public Discourse Studies
Public discourse is situated rhetorical practice. It is the product of a rhetorical transaction in the context of a particular situation. The situation is a set of circumstances presenting opportunities and constraints, and the discourse exhibits the ways in which rhetors and audiences respond to them.
Public discourse is both the result of rhetorical creativity and the ...