Making Sense of Messages A Critical Apprenticeship in Rhetorical Criticism

ISBN-10: 0205564518

ISBN-13: 9780205564514

Edition: 2005

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Book details

List price: $133.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/28/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 7.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Introduction
What Are Rhetorical Messages?
Characteristics of Rhetoric
Definition of Rhetoric
Rhetorical Terminology
Why Study Rhetorical Messages?
Criticism: What Critics Do with Rhetorical Messages
Reaction versus Critique
Characteristics of Critics
A Critical Stance: In the Balcony
How This Book Can Help
Message Analysis Matters!;
Process to Product
Four Kinds of Critical Thinking
Creative and Critical Thinking
The Process of Critical Analysis of Messages
Notes
The Process of Description
Approaches to Describing a Text
Recording Your Thinking
Approaches to Describing Context
Conducting Relevant Research
Text-Context Interaction
Applications of Text-Context Interactions
Notes
The Process of Analysis
Naming the Parts of the Message
Looking for Rhetorical Patterns
Sample Analysis
Deriving Questions from the Analysis
Notes
The Process of Interpretation
Characteristics of Interpretation
How Does a Critic Develop an Interpretation?
The Process of Evaluation
Types of Judgments
Selecting a Type of Judgment
Sample Evaluation
Writing Your Ideas
Effectively Arguing Your Claims about Messages
Documenting Your Sources
Notes
Analytical Tools
Classical Approaches
Classical Approaches: Ancient Rhetoric
Some Classical Rhetorical Concepts
The Classical Model Applied
Notes
Suggested Readings
Classical Approaches: New Rhetoric
Toulmin and Everyday Argument
Perelman and the New Rhetoric
The New Rhetoric Applied
Notes
Suggested Readings
Dramatistic Approaches
The Narrative Paradigm
Some Vocabulary of the Narrative Paradigm
Narrative Paradigm Applied
Two Concepts--Four Concerns
Narrative Applied toWWF Smackdown!
Suggested Readings;
Fantasy Theme Analysis
Fantasy Theme Analysis Contrasted with Narrative
Some Basic Concepts of Fantasy Theme Analysis
The Process of Fantasy Theme Analysis
Fantasy Theme Applied: Gettysburg Address
The Fantasy Themes ofWWF Smackdown!
Notes
Suggested Readings;
Burkeian Analysis
The Negative and Human Speech
The Pentad
Two Examples of the Pentad Applied
Using Pentadic Ratios
Discovering Motives
Burkeian Concepts Applied toWWF Smackdown!
Notes
Suggested Readings;
Sociopolitical Approaches
Ideological Approaches
Critical Theory
Hegemony and Marginalization
Legitimation
Naturalization
Ideological Concepts Applied toBeauty and the BeastandShrek
Notes
Suggested Readings;
Feminist Approaches
Liberal Feminism
Cultural Feminism
Postmodern Feminism
Feminist Concepts Applied toBeauty and the Beast andShrek
Notes
Suggested Readings
Postmodern Approaches
Deconstruction
Ideographs
Discursive Formations
Using the Postmodern Approaches
Postmodern Concepts Applied to "America"
Notes
Suggested Readings;
Visual Approaches
Visual Communication
Visual Messages and Argument
The Nature of Visual Messages
Semantics and Visual Communication
Functions of Visuals in Persuasion
An Application
Expanding the Analysis
Notes
Suggested Readings
Appendices
Sample Analysis of "She's Leaving Home"
Sample Student Paper: Barbara Jordan's Keynote Address at the 1992 Democratic National Convention: A Neutral Approach to a Partisan Task
Sample Student Paper: A Response to the Death of a Princess: The Form and Function of a Eulogy
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