The Art of Rhetorical Criticism

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Jim A. Kuypers
Pearson/ Allyn and Bacon, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 376 pages
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Covering a broader range of rhetorical perspectives, "The Art of Rhetorical Criticism" presents a thorough, accessible introduction to rhetorical criticism.

Throughout the text, sample essays written by experts in the field provide students with models for writing their own criticism. In addition to covering traditional modes of rhetorical criticism, "The Art of Rhetorical Criticism" presents less commonly-discussed rhetorical perspectives (for example, mythic criticism, framing analysis, and ideographical criticism), exposing students to a broad range of material.


  • Each chapter and sample essay is written by a nationally-recognized scholar in that field, ensuring that students are offered the best and most current research for each perspective.
  • Each author comments on his or her writing process to demonstrate the very personal nature of criticism. With this unique emphasis, students will begin to appreciate that writing criticism is an artistic process and not a simple formula.
  • The "Potentials and Pitfalls" feature in each chapter highlights the strengths and weaknesses, pros and cons, of the rhetorical perspective being discussed.
  • Each chapter includes a short, accessible sample essay, written specifically with the student audience in mind, offering students a model of rhetorical criticism for their own assignments.

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About the author (2004)

JIM A. KUYPERS is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Office of Speech at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Presidential Crisis Rhetoric and the Press in a Post-Cold War World (Praeger, 1997) and co-editor, with Andrew King, of Twentieth-Century Roots of Rhetorical Studies (Praeger, 2001). He is a former editor for the American Communication Journal.

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