Sizing Up Rhetoric:  by David  Zarefsky, Elizabeth  Benacka
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Sizing Up Rhetoric
As a multifaceted compilation, Sizing Up Rhetoric offers the best of both rhetorical worlds: the breadth of rhetorical study’s interdisciplinary reach and an exploration of subfields within its domain. A product of the 2006 conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, this collection genuinely succeeds in stimulating dialogue and reflection on the connotations of rhetorical studies. Over thirty contributors investigate the many aspects of rhetoric, from historical and contemporary rhetorical theory to the rhetorics of science, civic discourse, nineteenth-century discourse, and the correlation between rhetorical scholarship and pedagogy.

The works in this volume, whether they are theoretical essays, historical analyses, case studies, or practical applications, contribute to the goals of discerning where rhetoric is and the pursuit of new directions. Together, they present a model of how the health and scope of rhetoric allows for the application of rhetorical studies to multiple genres such as campaign rhetoric, religious explanatory rhetoric, and global politics and issues.

Table of Contents
Part I. PLENARY PERSPECTIVES
1. One Size Doesn't Fit All: The Contingent Universality of Rhetoric (Steven Mailloux)
2. Rhetoric and Race in the American Experience: The Promises and Perils of Sentimental Memory (Kirt H. Wilson)
3. Religion and Rhetoric: Reason, Emotion, and the Sensory in Religious Persuasion (Patricia Bizzell)
4. Aphthonius and the Progymnasmata in Rhetorical Theory and Practice (Manfred Kraus)

Part II. RHETORICAL THEORY
5. Apuleius and the Forensic Genre in Antiquity (Craig R. Smith)
6. The Eulogy: Grief and the Wisdom of the Ancients (Beth L. Hewett)
7. "The Siren of Isocrates . . . Sappho's Lyre, or Some Other Power Greater Still": The Rhetoricity of Anna Komnena's Alexiad (Susan C. Jarratt and Ellen Quandahl)
8. Kenneth Burke and the Progressive Press (Ann Dobyns)
9. Intellectual and Conceptual Resources for Visual Rhetoric: A Reexamination of Scholarship Since 1950 (Lester C. Olson)

Part III. LEGAL AND POLITICAL RHETORICS
10. Sizing Up Legal "Rhetoric": Law from the Outside In (Frances J. Ranney)
11. Getting the Government Out of Farming: Sizing Up Eisenhower's Early Agricultural Policy Rhetoric (Lora Cohn)
12. Appealing the Divide: Logos, Ethos, and Contemporary American Presidential Campaign Rhetoric (Marc C. Santos)
13. Complexity and Ideology in Televisual War Rhetoric: The Ad War Over Iraq in Campaign 2004 (Stephen A. Klien)
14. Receiving Rhetoric: Mayor Ray Nagin's Persuasion Regarding the Evacuation of New Orleans (Karen Taylor)
15. Into Dark Places: Violence, History, and the American Militia Movement (D. J. Mulloy)

Part IV. RHETORICS OF SCIENCE
16. Bio(in)security: Rhetoric, Science, and Citizens in the Age of Bioterrorism—The Case of TOPOFF 3 (Lisa Keränen)
17. The Biggest Rhetoric of All: Restoring the Tropological Heritage of Lacanian Psychoanalysis (Christian Lundberg)
18. Physicians Who Are Qualified; Women Who Are Not (Barbara Schneider)
19. Limited Prevention, Limiting Topos: Reframing Arguments about Science and Politics in the HIV Prevention Policy Debate (J. Blake Scott)

Part V. RHETORICS OF RELIGION
20. In the Blood of the Word: Embodied Rhetorical Authority in St. Catherine of Siena's Dialogue (Kristie S. Fleckenstein)
21. Painted Sermons: Expanding the Scope of Explanatory Rhetoric (Karen Rowe)

Part VI. NINETEENTH-CENTURY DISCOURSE
22. The Prophet of Abolition: Ambiguous Prophecy and Rhetorical Echoes in the Rhetoric of David Walker's Appeal (David C. Bailey)
23. What about Sex?: Reconsidering Histories of Nineteenth-Century Women's Public Reform Discourse (Inez Schaechterle and Sue Carter Wood)
24. Fortified Young Men: Comstock and the Force of Law (Leslie Hahner)

Part VII. CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL CULTURES
25. Topoi of Identity: Rhetorical Practices in the Political Reconstruction of Poland (Cezar M. Ornatowski)
26. "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word to Say": Official Apologia and Rhetorical Agency in Contemporary Danish Politics (Lisa Storm Villadsen)
27. Rhetoric and Resistance in Lu Yin's Feminist Essays (Bo Wang)

Part VIII. RHETORICAL PEDAGOGY
28. Transgressive Eloquence: bell hooks, Cicero, and the Aims of Rhetorical Pedagogy (Antonio Raul de Velasco)
29. Arguing War and Facing the Other: Critical Pedagogy in the Post-9/11 Classroom (Kevin Kuswa and Briann Walsh)

AFTERWORD: REMEMBERING WAYNE BOOTH

30. Rhetoric, Criticism, and My Many Selves (Gregory Clark)