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DAO of Rhetoric

ISBN-10: 079146282X
ISBN-13: 9780791462829
Edition: 2005 (Annotated)
Authors: Steven C. Combs
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Description: In the first book to systematically deal with Daoism (Taoism) from a rhetorical perspective, author Steven C. Combs advances the idea that the works of Daoist (Taoist) sages Laozi (Lao Tzu), Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu), and Sunzi (Sun Tzu) can be fused  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 1/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 178
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

In the first book to systematically deal with Daoism (Taoism) from a rhetorical perspective, author Steven C. Combs advances the idea that the works of Daoist (Taoist) sages Laozi (Lao Tzu), Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu), and Sunzi (Sun Tzu) can be fused into a coherent rhetorical genre, which can then form a methodology for rhetorical criticism. This notion of Daoist rhetoric enables critics to examine discourse from new vantage points with novel processes and concepts that honor the creativity and complexity of human communication. Combs also critically examines four contemporary films-The Tao of Steve, A Bug's Life, Antz, and Shrek-to amplify rhetorical Daoism, to indicate clear differences between Western and Daoist values, and to offer fresh perspectives on individuals and social action. The book argues that Daoism provides a lens for viewing limitations of current Western rhetorical theorizing, positioning Daoist rhetoric as a potent critical perspective in the contemporary, postmodern world. Book jacket.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Rhetoric East and West
Culture, Text, and Context
Laozi and the Natural Way of Rhetoric
Zhuangzi and the Rhetoric of Evocation
Sunzi and the Rhetoric of Parsimony
Daoist Rhetorical Criticism
Is The Tao of Steve Really "The Way"?
Values East and West in Antz and A Bug's Life
Shrek as the Daoist Hero
The Future of the Past
Notes
References
Index

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