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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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...