Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse A Cross-Historical Study

ISBN-10: 0809330679

ISBN-13: 9780809330676

Edition: 2011

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According to Ben McCorkle, the rhetorical canon of delivery—traditionally seen as the aspect of oratory pertaining to vocal tone, inflection, and physical gesture—has undergone a period of renewal within the last few decades to include the array of typefaces, color palettes, graphics, and other design elements used to convey a message to a chosen audience. McCorkle posits that this redefinition, while a noteworthy moment of modern rhetorical theory, is just the latest instance in a historical pattern of interaction between rhetoric and technology. InRhetoricalDelivery as Technological Discourse: A Cross-Historical Study, McCorkle explores the symbiotic relationship between delivery and technologies of writing and communication. Aiming to enhance historical understanding by demonstrating how changes in writing technology have altered our conception of delivery, McCorkle reveals the ways in which oratory and the tools of written expression have directly affected one another throughout the ages. To make his argument, the author examines case studies from significant historical moments in the Western  rhetorical tradition. Beginning with the ancient Greeks, McCorkle illustrates how the increasingly literate Greeks developed rhetorical theories intended for oratory that incorporated “writerly” tendencies, diminishing delivery’s once-prime status in the process. Also explored is the near-eradication of rhetorical delivery in the mid-fifteenth century—the period of transition from late manuscript to early print culture—and the implications of the burgeoningprint culture during the nineteenth century. McCorkle then investigates the declining interest in delivery as technology designed to replace the human voice and gesture became prominent at the beginning of the 1900s. Situating scholarship on delivery within a broader  postmodern structure, he moves on to a discussion of the characteristics of contemporary hypertextual and digital communication and its role in reviving the canon, while also anticipating the future of communication technologies, the likely shifts in attitude toward delivery, and the implications of both on the future of teaching rhetoric. Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discoursetraces a long-view perspective of rhetorical history to present readers a productive reading of the volatile treatment of delivery alongside the parallel history of writing and communication technologies. This rereading will expand knowledge of the canon by not only offering the most thorough treatment of the history of rhetorical delivery available but also inviting conversation about the reciprocal impacts of rhetorical theory and written communication on each other throughout this history.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 1/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: Delivery Resurrected, Redefined, Recovered
Reading Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Remediation: A Rationale
Alphabetic Literacy and the Transformation from Speakerly to Writerly Rhetorics
Pressing Matter: The Birth of Print, the Decline of Delivery
Harbingers of the Printed Page: Theories of Delivery in the Nineteenth Century
Delivery Disappeared in the Age of Electronic Media
Reviving Delivery, Remediating Hypertext
Afterword: Rhetorical Delivery on the Technological Horizon
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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