ERIC Number: ED151876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Critical Questions in Speech Communication: The Role of Historical Research.
Bormann, Ernest G.
This document begins by discussing several conflicting opinions on the distinction between historical scholarship and rhetorical criticism. It then compares and contrasts historiography and rhetorical criticism in an attempt to define a role for historical research in the field of speech communication. Both areas of scholarship use comparable methods, but they differ as to function; each approaches the subject matter from contrasting scholarly viewpoints and provides a different explanatory structure as a result. The document concludes by citing three important areas where good historical works are needed in the field of speech communication: (1) studies of the history of speech communication, (2) integrated studies that survey the history of communication in the United States, and (3) survey histories that integrate and explain the rhetorical traditions and practices of our society. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (63rd, Washington, D.C., December 1-4, 1977)