Speech Criticism, the Development of Standards for Rhetorical Appraisal

By Lester Thonssen; A. Craig Baird | Go to book overview

CONTENTS
PAGE
PART I
The Nature of Rhetorical Criticism
CHAPTER
1 INTRODUCTORY PRINCIPLES
The Problem of Criticism--Nature of the Rhetorical Medium-- Constituents of the Rhetorical Judgment--Sources of Certain Canons of Rhetorical Criticism--Relation of Criticism to Theory and Practice--Definition of Rhetorical Criticism-- Types of Rhetorical Criticism--Qualifications of the Rhetorical Critic--The Functions of Rhetorical Criticism--Speech as a Useful Art--The Ultimate Goal of Rhetorical Criticism--General Summary
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PART II
The Development of Rhetorical Theory
2 FOUNDATIONS OF THE ART OF SPEAKING
The Value of Tradition--Early Rhetorical Theory in Homeric Expression--The Influence of Athenian Democracy upon Speechmaking--The Early Sicilian Rhetoricians--The Influence of the Sophists and the Rhetors--Early Masters of Expression--The Union of Oratory and Citizenship: Isocrates' Theory of Culture--Plato's Inquiry into the Nature of Rhetoric--Aristotle's Systematic Investigation of Rhetoric--General Summary
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3 ELABORATIONS OF ARISTOTELIAN PRINCIPLES
Interrelation of Greek and Roman Thinking--The ad Herennium--The Classical Divisions of Rhetoric--A Great Orator's Conception of His Art--Pedagogical Inquiry into Rhetoric-- --Excesses in Theory and Practice--Critical Investigations into Style--General Summary
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4 THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MODERN THEORISTS
Rhetoric in the Middle Period--Christian Preaching and Rhetoric--John of Salisbury--The First Rhetoric in the English Language--The Restatement of Classical Doctrines--Bacon Helps to Revitalize Classical Doctrines--The Influence of Stylistic Rhetoric--The Forerunner of Contemporary Theory-- Whately's Contribution to Argumentative Composition--Recent Contributions--General Summary 110

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