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Rhetoric and Public Culture Reading List - Revised 2012


Aristotle. On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse. Trans. George A. Kennedy. Oxford University Press, 1991.

 Bennett, Jeffrey A. Banning Queer Blood: Rhetorics of Citizenship, Contagion, and Resistance. University of Alabama Press, 2009.

 Biesecker, Barbara and John Louis Lucaites.  Rhetoric, Materiality, and Politics. University of Alabama Press, 2011.

Read especially:

* “Rhetorical Materialism: The Rhetorical Subject and the General Intellect” by Ronald Walter Greene

* “People Shopping” by John Sloop

* “Hard Evidence: The Vexations of Lincoln’s Queer Corpus” by Charles E. Morris III

 Brouwer, Daniel C. and Robert Asen, Public Modalities. University of Alabama Press, 2010.

Read especially:

* Introduction, “Public Modalities, or the Metaphors We Theorize By,” by Daniel C. Brouwer and Robert Asen

* Chapter 1, “Pragmatist Publicity: W.E.B. Du Bois and the New Negro Movement by EricKing Watts

* Chapter 2, “VIII. Lowghost Publicity, or, My Vocabulary Did This To Me’” by Dale Smith and Joshua Gunn

* Chapter 9 “Risibility Politics: Camp Humor in HIV/AIDS Zines” by Daniel C. Brouwer

 Burke, Kenneth. The Philosophy of Literary Form: Studies in Symbolic Action. 3rd. ed. 1941. University of California Press, 1973.

Read especially:

* “The Philosophy of Literary Form”

* “The Rhetoric of Hitler’s Battle”

* “Literature as Equipment”

Kenneth Burke, "Dramatism." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 1968.

Butler, Judith. Frames of War: When is Life Grievable. Verso, 2009.

Butterworth, Michael L. Baseball and Rhetorics of Purity. University of Alabama Press, 2010.

 de Certeau, Michel. The Practice of Everyday Life. University of California Press, Reprint 2002.

 Hariman, Robert. Political Style: The Artistry of Power. University of Chicago Press, 1995.

 Hawhee, Debra. Bodily Arts: Rhetoric and Athletics in Ancient Greece. University of Texas Press, 2005.

 Jasinski, James. Sourcebook on Rhetoric: Key Concepts in Contemporary Rhetorical Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2001
(See in particular his “Introduction: On Defining Rhetoric as an Object of Intellectual Inquiry,” pp. xiii-xxxv.)

 Lucaites, John Louis, Celeste Condit, and Sally Caudill. Contemporary Rhetorical Theory.Guilford Press, 1999.

Read especially:

* “Toward a Sophistic Definition of Rhetoric” by John Poulakos

* “Text, Context, and the Fragmentation of Contemporary Culture” by Michael Calvin McGee

* “Practicing the Arts of Rhetoric: Tradition and Invention” by Thomas Farrell

* “The Taming of Polos/Polis: Rhetoric as an Achievement Without Women” by Jane Sutton

* Part 3: The Character of the Rhetorical Situation (all essays)

* Part 4: Rhetoric, Reason, and Public Morality (all essays)

* “The Rhetoric of Women’s Liberation: An Oxymoron” by Karlyn Kohrs Campbell

* “The ‘Ideograph’: A Link Between Rhetoric and Ideology” by Michael Calvin McGee

* “Critical Rhetoric: Theory and Praxis” by Raymie E. McKerrow

Ober, Josiah. Mass and Elites in Democratic Athens: Rhetoric, Ideology, and the Power of the People. Princeton University Press, 1989. Read especially chapters 1-4, 7.

Perelman, Chaim and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca. The New Rhetoric: A Treatise on Argumentation. Trans. John Wilkinson. Notre Dame University Press, 1969.

Plato, Gorgias. Trans. Terence Irwin. Oxford Clarendon Press, 1980.
Plato, Phaedrus. Trans. W. C. Helmbold and W. G. Rabinowitz. Macmillan, 1956.

Warner, Michael. Publics and Counterpublics. Zone Books, 2002. Read especially Chapter II “Publics and Counterpublics”.