THE RHETORICAL ACT: THINKING, SPEAKING, AND WRITING CRITICALLY, Fifth Edition, teaches liberal arts students how to craft and critique rhetorical messages that influence, inviting and enabling them to become articulate rhetors and critics of the world around them. The new edition maintains a traditional humanistic approach to rhetoric, while extending the scope and relevance of the text. THE RHETORICAL ACT reaffirms the ancient Aristotelian and Ciceronian relationships between art and practice-one cannot master rhetorical skills without an understanding of the theory on which such skills are based. The text combines thorough coverage of rhetorical criticism, media literacy, and strategic public speaking, providing a solid grounding in essential concepts while helping students hone their skills in each area.
Table of Contents
Prologue: “Why Study Rhetoric?”
Part I: FUNDAMENTALS OF RHETORICAL ACTION.
1. A Rhetorical Perspective.
2. Reading Rhetorical Acts.
3. Crafting Your Rhetorical Act.
Part II: RESOURCES FOR RHETORICAL ACTION.
4. The Resources of Evidence.
5. The Resources of Argument.
6. The Resources of Organization.
7. The Resources of Language.
Part III: CONTEXTS OF RHETORICAL ACTION.
8. Challenges Arising from the Audience.
9. Challenges Arising from the Subject and Purpose.
10. Opportunities and Challenges Arising from the Rhetor.
Part IV: SPECIAL CONSTRAINTS ON RHETORICAL ACTION.
11. Understanding Evaluation.
12. Understanding Visual Rhetoric.
13. Understanding the Medium of Transmission.
14. Understanding Occasion.
Epilogue: “What Is Rhetoric?”