ERIC Number: ED045627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
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The Anatomy of Critical Discourse.
Rosenfield, Lawrence W.
Speech Monographs, v35 n1 p50-69 Mar 1968
Critical discourse is best understood when its logical features are identified. An examination of the basic elements and modes of rhetorical criticism (a form of critical discourse) produces a finite set of options for the critic, thus enabling him to develop a system of alternatives in his critical efforts. For example, by selecting from among the four elements of the communicative event (source, message, environment, and critic), the critic directs the focus of his criticism. An understanding of these four components and their use in critical discourse reveals that much of the controversy among critics results from differences in focus rather than from questions of critical acuity or validity. Choosing between the fundamental modes of discourse--model modality and analog modality--enables the critic to use the most appropriate vehicle in applying personal criteria to rhetorical events. Thus, an understanding of these formal facets of critical methodology is necessary for speech scholars, critics, and students of criticism. (JM)
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Authoring Institution: Speech Association of America, New York, NY.