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Rhetorics of Display

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ISBN-10: 1570036195

ISBN-13: 9781570036194

Edition: 2006

Authors: Lawrence J. Prelli

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Rhetorics of Display is a pathbreaking volume that brings together a distinguished group of scholars to assess an increasingly pervasive form of rhetorical activity. Editor Lawrence J. Prelli notes in his introduction that twenty-first century citizens continually confront displays of information and images, from the verbal images of speeches and literature to visual images of film and photography to exhibits in museums to the arrangement of our homes to the merchandising of consumer goods. The volume provides an integrated, comprehensive study of the processes of selecting what to reveal and what to conceal that together constitute the rhetorics of display. Surveying major historical transformations in the relationship between rhetoric and display, this book also identifies the leading themes in relevant scholarship of the past three decades. Seventeen case studies canvass a representative and diverse range of displays--from body piercing to a civil rights memorial to a Titanic exhibition to imagery found in gambling casinos--and examine the ways that phenomena, persons, places, events, identities, communities, and cultures are exhibited before audiences. Collectively the contributors shed light on rhetorics that are nearly ubiquitous in contemporary communication and culture.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 443
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134

List of Illustrations
Series Editor's Preface
Rhetorics of Display: An Introduction
The Verbal Depiction of the Visual and the Visual Depiction of the Verbal
Satisfaction of Metaphorical Expectations through Visual Display: The Titanic Exhibition
"This Horrible Spectacle": Visual and Verbal Sketches of the Famine in Skibbereen
Visualizing a Bounded Sea: A Case Study in Rhetorical Taxis
Liberal Representation and Global Order: The Iconic Photograph from Tiananmen Square
The Disposition of Place and the Placing of Disposition
National Park Landscapes and the Rhetorical Display of Civic Religion
Envisioning Postcommunism: Budapest's Stalin Monument
Displaying Race: Cultural Projection and Commemoration
After Walter Benjamin: The Paradise at the End of the Rainbow
Death on Display
Demonstrations as Rhetorical Display and Rhetorical Displays as Demonstrative
Demonstrative Displays of Dissident Rhetoric: The Case of Prisoner 885/63
It's Showtime! Staging Public Demonstrations, Alinsky-Style
Creating Real Presences: Displays in Liminal Worlds
Epideictic Identifications and Divisions
Epideictic and Its Cultured Reception: In Memory of the Firefighters
Flaunting Identity: Spatial Figurations and the Display of Sexuality
Tattoo and Piercing: Reflections on Mortification
Colin Powell's Life Story and the Display of a "Good" Black Persona
Displaying the Body Politic: Televisual Exposures and Concealments
Selected Bibliography