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Arrangement

Arrangement  

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[This entry comprises two articles. The first article describes the traditional theory and practice of the parts of oratory from Aristotle through the Hellenistic treatises to Cicero and beyond. The ...
Classical rhetoric

Classical rhetoric  

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Historically defined, is the total record—many thousands of printed pages—of Greek and Roman rhetorical teaching and practice from the time of the Homeric and Hesiodic epics to that of the ...
commonplace book

commonplace book  

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A book into which notable extracts from other works are copied for personal use.
Composition

Composition  

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[This entry comprises two articles. The first article provides a brief overview. The second article describes a history of English departments in the United States.]An overviewHistory of English ...
Contingency and Probability

Contingency and Probability  

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For Aristotle (384–322 bce), the contingent is the unproblematic scene of rhetoric. This Aristotelian connection between the scene and agency (or practice), originally put into play to blunt Plato's ...
Deliberative genre

Deliberative genre  

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In the field of rhetorical studies, deliberation is as old as the ancient Greeks and as new as the Internet. Throughout Western history, it has been an abiding act of ...
dialectic

dialectic  

The method of reasoning that proceeds by question and answer and logical argument, famously illustrated by the dialogues of Socrates (470–399bce) as recorded by Plato (c.428–347bce). Teaching of ...
Eloquence

Eloquence  

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Literature
Modern usage applies the concept of eloquence in various ways, at times with an implication of distrust, as if a choice had to be made between art and sincerity. But ...
Ethos

Ethos  

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From its inception, classical rhetoric has grounded persuasion upon a speaker's knowledge of the varieties and complexities of human character. [See Classical rhetoric.] This knowledge enables the ...
Expository rhetoric and Journalism

Expository rhetoric and Journalism  

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As the main facilitators of public debate and controversy, journalists are involved in every aspect of rhetorical activity. Journalists stand in for the mass audience, recording and relaying ...
Forensic genre

Forensic genre  

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In forensic, or legal, rhetoric, the speaker addresses a jury or judge selected to adjudicate issues surrounding a past event. Through pro and con argumentation by prosecution and defense (forensic ...
history

history  

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History repeats itself comment on circumstances that replicate a previous situation; proverbial saying, mid 19th century. The comment was wryly extended by Rupert Brooke, in a letter of 1906, to ...
hybrid genre

hybrid genre  

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[Latin hybrida ‘mongrel’]In genre theory, the combination of two or more genres. Back to the Future 3 (1990) combines elements of science fiction and western films. Such combinations can also cut ...
Ideograph

Ideograph  

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As a technical term in rhetorical theory, an ideograph is a figure of thought, often a one-term summary of an aspect of a people's historical ideology; for example, a clear ...
logos

logos  

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(Greek, statement, principle, law, reason, proportion)In Heraclitus, the cosmic principle that gives order and rationality to the world, in a way analogous to that in which human reason orders human ...
Nineteenth-Century rhetoric

Nineteenth-Century rhetoric  

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The discipline of nineteenth-century American rhetoric—the focus of this article, although many of the enumerated characteristics pertain to nineteenth-century European rhetoric as well—was founded ...
Occasion

Occasion  

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We have become accustomed to thinking of all communicative situations as rhetorical. Aristotle (384–322 bce) himself opines (Rhetoric 2.18) that rhetoric is at play even in a conversation involving ...
patent

patent  

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Law
A government authority or licence to an individual or organization conferring a right or title for a set period, especially the sole right to make, use, or sell some invention. Recorded from late ...
Perspective by incongruity

Perspective by incongruity  

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“Perspective by Incongruity” is Kenneth Burke's central critical method in his works of the 1930s, particularly Permanence and Change (1935) and Attitudes toward History (1937). Perspective by ...
plastic

plastic  

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Term applied to certain synthetic materials that can be moulded in various ways, including being used in sculpture. The earliest such use is credited to the British chemist Alexander Parkes ...

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