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The Media and Religious Authority

by Stewart M. Hoover Penn State University Press (August 02, 2016)

As the availability and use of media platforms continue to expand, the cultural visibility of religion is on the rise, leading to questions about religious authority: Where does it come from? How is it established?...


Infertility

by Robin E. Jensen Penn State University Press (October 10, 2016)

This book explores the arguments, appeals, and narratives that have defined the meaning of infertility in the modern history of the United States and Europe.

Throughout the last century, the inability of women...


Text + Field

by Sara L. McKinnon, Robert Asen, Karma R. Chávez & Robert Glenn Howard Penn State University Press (May 12, 2016)

Rhetorical critics have long had a troubled relationship with method, viewing it as at times opening up provocative avenues of inquiry, and at other times as closing off paths toward meaningful engagement with...


Supernatural Entertainments

by Simone Natale Penn State University Press (February 03, 2016)

In Supernatural Entertainments, Simone Natale vividly depicts spiritualism’s rise as a religious and cultural phenomenon and explores its strong connection to the growth of the media entertainment industry...


Listening, Thinking, Being

by Lisbeth Lipari Penn State University Press (July 01, 2014)

Although listening is central to human interaction, its importance is often ignored. In the rush to speak and be heard, it is easy to neglect listening and disregard its significance as a way of being with others...


The Rhetorics of US Immigration

by E. Johanna Hartelius Penn State University Press (September 11, 2015)

In the current geopolitical climate—in which unaccompanied children cross the border in record numbers, and debates on the topic swing violently from pole to pole—the subject of immigration demands innovative...


Dialectical Readings

by Stephen N. Dunning Penn State University Press (July 18, 1997)

Interpretation pervades human thinking. Whether perception or experience, spoken word or written theory, whatever enters our consciousness must be interpreted in order to be understood. Every area of inquiry—art...


Intentions

by Arabella Lyon Penn State University Press (November 24, 1998)

The relationship between an author's and an audience's intentions is complex but need not preclude mutual engagement. This philosophical investigation challenges existing literary and rhetorical perspectives...


Pietas from Vergil to Dryden

by James Garrison Penn State University Press (March 02, 1992)

For centuries the most revered poem in the Western literary canon, Vergil's Aeneid celebrates the Roman virtue of pietas. In the preface to his English translation of the poem, John Dryden attempts to explain...


Terms of Response

by Robert Montgomery Penn State University Press (October 15, 1991)

This book takes a new look at the place occupied by medieval Spanish epic within European folk and literary tradition. Thomas Montgomery traces the origins of key parts of most known medieval Spanish epics to...


Rhetorical Style and Bourgeois Virtue

by Mark Garrett Longaker Penn State University Press (September 04, 2015)

During the British Enlightenment, the correlation between effective communication and moral excellence was undisputed—so much so that rhetoric was taught as a means of instilling desirable values in students....


Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-paper" and the History of Its Publication and Reception

by Julie Bates Dock Penn State University Press (February 27, 1998)

Since its publication in 1892, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-paper" has always been recognized as a powerful statement about the victimization of a woman whose neurasthenic condition is completely...


Democracy, Deliberation, and Education

by Robert Asen Penn State University Press (July 28, 2015)

The local school board is one of America’s enduring venues of lay democracy at work. In Democracy, Deliberation, and Education, Robert Asen takes the pulse of this democratic exemplar through an in-depth study...


The Pragmatics and Semiotics of Standard Languages

by Albert Sweet Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

Sweet describes the pragmatic foundations of standard logic and applies these foundations to the task of developing a theory of intended models as an extension of standard model theory in which the relevant...


Sacred Estrangement

by Peter A. Dorsey Penn State University Press (July 12, 1993)

Sacred Estrangement analyzes certain works by important American writers and thinkers in the context of the "rhetoric of conversion." Such analysis is especially valuable because it provides a reliable index...


Walt Whitman's Language Experiment

by James Perrin Warren Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

Combining intellectual history with literary analysis, this study of Whitman's language experiment from 1855 to 1892 offers a refreshing new look at his theory of language especially the English language in...


Kafka's Narrative Theater

by James Rolleston Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

Can one speak of Kafka's heroes as "characters"? If so, why is it so hard to define their characteristics? If not, how is the reader persuaded to accompany them on their existential journeys, accepting their...


The Art of Translating Poetry

by Burton Raffel Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

This book by a well-known translator and critic is divided into two parts, the first dealing with the linguistic and other more technical aspects of translating poetry, the second involved with more practice-oriented...


Literary Translation in Russia

by Maurice Friedberg Penn State University Press (January 07, 1997)

In this rich historical study, Maurice Friedberg recounts the impact of translation on the Russian literary process. In tracing the explosion of literary translation in nineteenth-century Russia, Friedberg determines...


Letters to Power

by Samuel McCormick Penn State University Press (December 15, 2011)

Although the scarcity of public intellectuals among today’s academic professionals is certainly a cause for concern, it also serves as a challenge to explore alternative, more subtle forms of political intelligence....


Appeals to Interest

by Dean Mathiowetz Penn State University Press (March 04, 2011)

It has become a commonplace assumption in modern political debate that white and rural working- and middle-class citizens in the United States who have been rallied by Republicans in the “culture wars” to...


The Politics of Resentment

by Jeremy Engels Penn State University Press (May 29, 2015)

In the days and weeks following the tragic 2011 shooting of nineteen Arizonans, including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, there were a number of public discussions about the role that rhetoric might have played...


Voting Deliberatively

by Mary E. Stuckey Penn State University Press (April 20, 2015)

The 1932 election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt seemed to hold the promise of Democratic domination for years to come. However, leading up to the 1936 election, persistent economic problems, a controversial domestic...


Five Chapters on Rhetoric

by Michael S. Kochin Penn State University Press (March 23, 2009)

Michael Kochin’s radical exploration of rhetoric is built around five fundamental concepts that illuminate how rhetoric functions in the public sphere. To speak persuasively is to bring new things into existence—to...


Seeking Ezekiel

by David J. Halperin Penn State University Press (November 19, 1993)

In Seeking Ezekiel, David J. Halperin argues that the biblical Book of Ezekiel provides substantial information about its author's psychology and reveals his personality in considerable depth. Psychoanalytic...


Reading the Written Image

by Christopher Collins Penn State University Press (October 22, 1991)

Reading the Written Image is a study of the imagination as it is prompted by the verbal cues of literature. Since every literary image is also a mental image, a representation of an absent entity, Collins contends...


The Impossible Craft

by Scott Donaldson Penn State University Press (March 03, 2015)

In The Impossible Craft, Scott Donaldson explores the rocky territory of literary biography, the most difficult that biographers try to navigate. Writers are accustomed to controlling the narrative, and notoriously...


Sign of Pathology

by Nathan Stormer Penn State University Press (March 18, 2015)

Much of the political polarization that grips the United States is rooted in the so-called culture wars, and no topic defines this conflict better than the often contentious and sometimes violent debate over...


Posters for Peace

by Thomas W. Benson Penn State University Press (May 04, 2015)

By the spring of 1970, Americans were frustrated by continuing war in Vietnam and turmoil in the inner cities. Students on American college campuses opposed the war in growing numbers and joined with other citizens...


From Apartheid to Democracy

by Katherine Elizabeth Mack Penn State University Press (November 11, 2014)

South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings can be considered one of the most significant rhetorical events of the late twentieth century. The TRC called language into action, tasking...


Kant and the Promise of Rhetoric

by Scott R. Stroud Penn State University Press (August 28, 2014)

Immanuel Kant is rarely connected to rhetoric by those who study philosophy or the rhetorical tradition. If anything, Kant is said to see rhetoric as mere manipulation and as not worthy of attention. In Kant...


Deliberative Acts

by Arabella Lyon Penn State University Press (April 26, 2013)

The twenty-first century is characterized by the global circulation of cultures, norms, representations, discourses, and human rights claims; the arising conflicts require innovative understandings of decision...


Constitutive Visions

by Christa J. Olson Penn State University Press (November 15, 2013)

In Constitutive Visions, Christa Olson presents the rhetorical history of republican Ecuador as punctuated by repeated arguments over national identity. Those arguments—as they advanced theories of citizenship,...


Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation

by Christian Kock & Lisa Villadsen Penn State University Press (September 04, 2012)

Citizenship has long been a central topic among educators, philosophers, and political theorists. Using the phrase “rhetorical citizenship” as a unifying perspective, Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation...


The Australian Citizens’ Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy

by Lyn Carson, John Gastil, Janette Hartz-Karp & Ron Lubensky Penn State University Press (August 26, 2013)

Growing numbers of scholars, practitioners, politicians, and citizens recognize the value of deliberative civic engagement processes that enable citizens and governments to come together in public spaces and...


Spiritual Modalities

by William FitzGerald Penn State University Press (October 23, 2012)

A bold recasting of prayer as a rhetorical art, Spiritual Modalities investigates situations, strategies, and performative modes of discourse directed to divine audiences. Examining how prayer “works,” Spiritual...


The Evolving Citizen

by Jay P. Childers Penn State University Press (August 15, 2012)

It has become a common complaint among academics and community leaders that citizens today are not what they used to be. Nowhere is this decline seen to be more troubling than when the focus is on young Americans....


How Books Came to America

by John Hruschka Penn State University Press (January 24, 2012)

Anyone who pays attention to the popular press knows that the new media will soon make books obsolete. But predicting the imminent demise of the book is nothing new. At the beginning of the twentieth century,...


The Fourth Enemy

by James Cane Penn State University Press (January 18, 2012)

The rise of Juan Perón to power in Argentina in the 1940s is one of the most studied subjects in Argentine history. But no book before this has examined the role the Peronists’ struggle with the major commercial...


Licensing Loyalty

by Jane McLeod Penn State University Press (February 11, 2011)

In Licensing Loyalty, historian Jane McLeod explores the evolution of the idea that the royal government of eighteenth-century France had much to fear from the rise of print culture. She argues that early modern...


Public Forgetting

by Bradford Vivian Penn State University Press (March 01, 2010)

Forgetting is usually juxtaposed with memory as its opposite in a negative way: it is seen as the loss of the ability to remember, or, ironically, as the inevitable process of distortion or dissolution that...


Rhapsody of Philosophy

by Max Statkiewicz Penn State University Press (October 01, 2009)

This book proposes to rethink the relationship between philosophy and literature through an engagement with Plato’s dialogues. The dialogues have been seen as the source of a long tradition that subordinates...


Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America

by Dave Tell Penn State University Press (September 25, 2012)

Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America revolutionizes how we think about confession and its ubiquitous place in American culture. It argues that the sheer act of labeling a text...


Authority Figures

by Torrey Shanks Penn State University Press (October 23, 2014)

In Authority Figures, Torrey Shanks uncovers the essential but largely unappreciated place of rhetoric in John Locke’s political and philosophical thought. Locke’s well-known hostility to rhetoric has obscured...


Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics

by Damien Smith Pfister Penn State University Press (November 04, 2014)

In Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics, Damien Pfister explores communicative practices in networked media environments, analyzing, in particular, how the blogosphere has changed the conduct and coverage of...


Speaking Hatefully

by David Boromisza-Habashi Penn State University Press (November 16, 2012)

In Speaking Hatefully, David Boromisza-Habashi focuses on the use of the term “hate speech” as a window on the cultural logic of political and moral struggle in public deliberation. This empirical study...