Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students

ISBN-10: 0205269036
ISBN-13: 9780205269037
Edition: 2nd 1999
List price: $67.00
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List price: $67.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 7/15/1998
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 395
Size: 7.09" wide x 9.53" long x 0.94" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students revives the classical strategies of ancient Greek and Roman rhetoricians and adapts them to the needs of contemporary writers and speakers. It shows that rhetoric, as it was practiced and taught by the ancients, was an intrinsic part of daily life and of communal discourse about current events. This is a fresh interpretation of the ancient canons of composing: invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery. It gives special emphasis to classic strategies of invention, devoting separate chapters to stasis theory, common and special topics, formal topics, ethos, pathos, extrinsic proofs, and Aristotelian means of reasoning. The authors' engaging discussion and their many contemporary examples of ancient rhetorical principles present rhetoric as a set of flexible, situational practices. This practical history draws the most relevant and useful concepts from ancient rhetorics and discusses, updates, and offers them for use in the contemporary composition classroom.

Sharon Crowley is professor of rhetoric and composition at Arizona State University and a former professor at Penn State and Northern Arizona universities. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Nebraska and her Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado. She has written articles on the history of rhetoric and composition and on postmodernism in the teaching of writing; her work has appeared in Journal of Advanced Composition, Rhetoric Review, and College Composition and Communication. Crowley has served as chair of the Committee on Professional Standards to help improve the working conditions of college writing teachers. This stems from her interest in the history of writing instruction in the U.S. Her book, The Methodical Memory: Invention in Current-traditional Rhetoric, won the 1991 W. Ross Winterowd Award. In it, she explains what current rhetoric is and discusses its development. She has also written Composition in the University: Historical and Polemical Essays, Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students, and A Teacher's Guide to Deconstruction.

Most chapters conclude with Exercises, Notes, and Works Cited
Preface
Ancient Rhetorics: Their Differences and the Differences They Make
Ancient Attitudes Toward Rhetoric
Some Differences between Modern and Ancient Rhetorics
Language as Power
A History of Ancient Rhetorics
Early Rhetors, Rhetoricians, and Teachers
The Older Sophists
Philosophers on Rhetoric
Isocrates
An Early Sophistic Textbook
Hellenistic Rhetoric
Roman Rhetoric
Rhetoric in Later Antiquity
Further Reading about Ancient Rhetorics
Invention
Kairos and the Rhetorical Situation
Seizing the Moment
(Kairos) Kairos and Dissonance
A Kairotic Stance
Questions Raised by Kairos Urgency: How Urgent or Immediate Is the Issue?
Arguments
Power Dynamics: Who Gets to Speak?
Who Can Be Heard?
A Web of Related Issues
Stasis Theory: Asking the Right Questions
What Happens When Stasis Is Not Achieved?
The Four Questions
Are We into Theory Here or What?
Putting These Distinctions to Work
Using the Stases
The Commonplaces
Commonplaces and Ideology
Ancient Topical Traditions
Aristotle's Common Topics
Past/Future Fact (Conjecture)
Greater/Lesser (Values)
Possible/Impossible (Possibilities)
The Topics and American Ideologies
The Political and Ethical Commonplaces
Conjecture
Greater/Lesser
Possibilities
Ethical Proof
Ethos in Ancient Rhetorics
Invented Ethos
Voice and Rhetorical Distance
Grammatical Person
Verb Tense and Voice
Word Size
Qualifiers
Punctuation
Situated Ethos
Pathetic Proof
Ancient Teachers on the Emotions
Emotions as Rhetorical Proofs
The Characters of Audiences
Composing Pathetic Proofs
Using Honorific and Pejorative Language
Reasoning in Rhetoric
Probabilities
Aristotle on Reasoning in Rhetoric
Deduction
Induction
Enthymemes
Extrinsic Proofs
Extrinsic Proofs in Ancient Rhetorics
Testimony
Data
Arrangement
Arrangement
Ancient Teachings about Arrangement
The Exordium
Introductions
Topics for Making Audiences Attentive
Topics for Making Audiences Receptive
Insinuations
The Narrative (Statement of the Case)
The Partition
The Arguments: Confirmation and Refutation
The Peroration (Conclusion)
Composing a Summary
Composing Appeals to the Emotions
Enhancing Ethos
The Formal Topics
Definition
Definition by Species/Genus
Enumerative Definition
Analytic Definition
Etymological Definition
Division
Classification
Similarity (Comparison)
Style, Memory, And Delivery
Style
Correctness
Clarity
Appropriateness: Kairos and Style
Ornament
Sentence Composition
Paratactic and Periodic Styles
Figurative Language
Figures that Interrupt Normal Wo

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