ERIC Number: ED150662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Senses of Rhetoric: A Topical System for Rhetorical Critics of Nonoratorical Forms.
Benson, Thomas W.
Teachers of rhetorical criticism need not wait for critics to reach agreement on only one usage of "rhetoric" as a theoretical construct, but can use the various ways it is conceived as an educational resource. This document describes nine kinds of critics, each of whose sense of rhetoric can be useful in suggesting to students ways to unravel a text: intentionalists, social critics, critics such as Wayne Booth ("The Rhetoric of Fiction"), critics of imitative rhetoric, formalists, genre critics, implicit rhetorical theorists, idealists, and eclectics. These nine senses form a topical system intended to give students the minimum amount of background in critical method to stimulate the maximum appreciation of a text--its form, content, context, and communicative potential. Extensive footnotes are appended. (CC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (63rd, December 1-4, 1977)