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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.

Between Touchstones and Touch Screens: What Counts as Contemporary Political Rhetoric?
Between touchstones and touch screens: What counts as contemporary political rhetoric?

Political rhetoric is not what it used to be. As someone who is not easily given to nostalgia, I nevertheless begin with this claim because it is generally accepted to be true in at least two senses. That is, the quality of political rhetoric has declined in the United States over the past 30 to 40 years, even as there has been an increase in its overall quantity and distribution, especially via new technologies. The conventional wisdom seems to be that we are presently one generation beyond a time when U.S. politics was the breeding ground for stirring and memorable public discourse, “great speeches” ...

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