The Responsibilities of Rhetoric:  by Michelle  Smith, Barbara  Warnick
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The Responsibilities of Rhetoric
Spanning topics from Rustic design to bot-written texts in Wikipedia, from the rhetoric of graphic novels to medieval Arabic rhetorical theory, The Responsibilities of Rhetoric combines reflections on today’s globalized world with responsive glances toward the rhetoric of the future. A product of the 2008 conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, thirty-one contributors ask, if rhetors are responsible and responsive to their publics, if rhetoricians instruct and empower those who learn from them, what are the responsibilities of rhetoric in our time? Their discussions implicate the promotion of public reason in society, the ability to unite publics and communities, the commitment to provide visions of the possible, and the responsibility to prepare students to think and deliberate in
contemporary society.
Table of Contents
Editors' Introduction
Plenary Address: Reclaiming Rhetoric's Responsibilities (David Zarefsky)

Part I: PROMOTING PUBLIC REASON

1. Rousseau, Rhetoric, and the Promise of Contractual Politics (David Tell)
2. Rhetoric, Virtue, and the Necessity of Invention (William Duffy)
3. "Licentia" in the Seventeenth-Century French Pulpit (Claudia Carlos)
4. The Functions of Polemical Discourse in the Public Sphere (Ruth Amossy)
5. Form Is a Feminist Issue (Eve Wiederhold)
6. Knifing Orlan's Mask: Grotesque Aesthetics as Visceral Resistance to Commodification (Jane Munksgaard)
7. Audre Lorde's Embodied Invention (Lester C. Olson)
8. La Frontera y El Chamizal: Liminality, Territoriality, and Visual Discourse (Brian J. McNely)

Part II: FORMING PUBLICS AND COMMUNITIES

9. Public Deliberation and the Rhetorical "Real": Balancing Accomplishment and Complication in Republican-Democratic Structures (Todd Kelshaw)
10. Changing the Public Face of Christian Politics: The Rhetoric of Sojourners (Barbara Little Liu)
11. The Temporality and Function of "Ethical Shifting" in Discursive Interaction (Stephen R. Yarbrough)
12. Edit This Page: Wikipedia and the Responsibilities of Digital Rhetorics (James J. Brown, Jr.)
13. Aesthetics and Rhetoric in The Oprah Winfrey Show (Kathleen Dixon)
14. Textual and Visual Building Blocks: Agency and Social Responsibility in Christine de Pizan's "The City of Ladies" (Julia M. Smith)
15. The Constitutive Rhetoric of Common Sense (David C. Hoffman)
16. Paternalistic Rhetoric and the American People (Jay P. Childers)

Part III: SHAPING HISTORIES AND ENVISIONING FUTURES

17. Rustic Experience and the Rhetorical Work of National Park Architecture (Gregory Clark)
18. Eugenics, Nazism, and the Sinister Science of the Human Betterment Foundation (Kathleen A. Swift)
19. Synecdoche as Figure of the Holocaust (Richard Glejzer and Michael Bernard-Donals)
20. The Arabs Did Not "Just" Translate Aristotle: Al-Farabi's Logico-Rhetorical Theory (Maha Baddar)
21. The Cynic (Charles Johnson)
22. Loyalty Oaths and the Letter of the Law: Rhetoric, Resistance, and Responsibility (M. Karen Powers)
23. Scholarship of Engagement: Both a New Name For and Challenge To the Work of Rhetoric (Richard C. Gebhardt)
24. Gender Equity in the Rhetoric Society of America (Cheryl Geisler)

Part IV: PREPARING STUDENTS TO LIVE IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD

25. I Told U So: Classical and Contemporary Ethos and the Stabilization of Self (Nathaniel A. Rivers)
26. Coming to Terms with Analogy: Generativity and Constraint in the Work of Nagaoka, Gamow, and Freud (Joseph Little and Lisa Jane Kabasin)
27. Textual Machinery: Authorial Agency and Bot-Written Texts in Wikipedia (Krista Kennedy)
28. The Rhetoric of the Graphic Novel (Kathryn E. Dobson)
29. The Earth Liberation Front's (ELF) Failed Diatribe of Sacramental Arson (Mark Meister and Curt Gilstrap)
30. "The Future Is Ours," or Is It?: The Rise and Fall of Totalitarian Rhetoric in Poland (and Elsewhere) (Cezar M. Ornatowski)