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ERIC Number: ED311471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 18
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Reconsidering I. A. Richards' Role in the New Rhetoric: Predecessor, Prestidigitator, Proponent.
Brown, Stuart C.
I. A. Richards (most easily recognized as the "father" of New Criticism, but a true interdisciplinarian) bears re-examination in light of present discussions over the role and nature of rhetoric as a discipline. Richards' work has more to offer than is presently recognized. First, his work in toto exemplifies the capability and possible role of rhetoricians to reflect and unify the diversity of disciplines in the modern university. Second, his various investigations and speculations in the different disciplines are, for the most part, still unrecognized and unused. His concerns about what rhetoric is and how it is to be used have neither been resolved nor shelved. "The Philosophy of Rhetoric" is a good example of a work which represents the essential characteristics of Richards' thoughts on language and its uses. This paper studies the aims of discourse and types of context, the interinanimation of words, some criteria of words, metaphor, and the command of metaphor. (An attachment contains lecture synopses on "The Philosophy of Rhetoric" and a select Richards bibliography.) (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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