This website contains the text of a book by John P. Broderick entitled The Able Writer : A Rhetoric and Handbook, first published in 1982. The book was intended to be used in college composition courses or as a reference guide for writers. It explains how to organise ideas and express them clearly and persuasively in correct scholarly English. The text is available in PDF format chapter by chapter. The site includes summaries of important sections of the book, with illustrative exercises. There are paragraphs on audience, coherence, the placement of modifiers, and figurative language. An instructor's manual is also provided for those teaching classes using the book. The resource should prove useful to students requiring help with their written style, particularly at A-Level and undergraduate level.
The online resource 'Across the Disciplines: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Academic Writing' is a website of the academic journal under the same title, devoted to the issues of disciplinarity and communicating across the curriculum (CAC). ADT's goal is to be a resource for secondary school teachers, university instructors and researchers, by providing a platform to interact and get up-to-date information on the use of writing and speaking across the disciplines. This publication is the effect of merging two academic journals 'Language and Learning Across the Disciplines' and 'Academic Writing', and it continues to pursue the interests of these original journals. Some of the topics discussed in ATD articles include: 'Developing and Assessing an Online Research Writing Course' (2009); 'Client-Based Writing about Science: Immersing Science Students in Real Writing Contexts' (2008); 'Fear of the Blank Page: Teaching Academic and Professional Writing in Social Work' (2007). All articles are peer reviewed and are available online in full text. Although the existing collection is organised into annual volumes (2004 onwards), the editors promise that new materials are published as soon as they have been accepted. Sections 'Archives' and 'Current Issue' provide access to relevant documents. 'Archives' also link to issues of 'Academic Writing' (2000-2003) and 'Language and Learning Across the Disciplines' (1994-2003). The website publishes as well book and conference 'Reviews', submissions guidelines, and calls for special issue proposals. There are also pages of general information about the journal and its editors.
The “American Rhetoric” website contains an extensive database of speeches, sermons, lectures, legal proceedings, and other such recorded materials, which illustrate and exemplify the principles of rhetoric. Users will need audio and video plug-ins to view many parts of this online resource. The site includes a page of classical and modern definitions of rhetoric, and excerpts from Plato and Aristotle. The bulk of the content consists of texts (and audio and video recordings) of great American speeches and political addresses. There is also a section on the movies, featuring classic fictionalised speeches. The best-known American speeches, such as Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream”, and President Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address”, are all included, alongside over 5,000 others. There are special sections on Christian rhetoric, and on the rhetoric of 9/11. This latter page contains over 100 speeches responding to the terrorist attacks against New York and Washington in 2001. The site contains several interactive exercises such as a rhetoric quiz, and tests based on the evaluation of rhetorical arguments. Links are provided to journals and societies devoted to communication studies, while a news and information index offers links to other external websites.
The art or crafte of rhetoryke (1532), is the second edition of an elementary textbook on rhetoric. It provides a paraphrase and extension of a part of Philipp Melanchthon's Institutiones rhetoricae (1522). The purpose of the project is to provide an electronic reference text for scholarship and instruction. The resource is available via the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) website, and can be downloaded as a zipped SGML file.
This is a straightforward, no-frills, electronic-text version of George Puttenham's 'Arte of English Poesie'. The site consists of a scanned copy of the 1569 primary source, in the original spelling. This may be accessed through the Contents page, which has links to each chapter of the text, or through a single page which scrolls down through the whole 258 pages. No additional information is given about the text. The scan was made from a 1968 Scholar Press reprint. This text is a publicly-available part of the University of Virginia's Electronic Text Centre, much of the contents of which are restricted to Virginia University and its associates. The site links to the E-Text Centre's home page and a list of their online databases.
The EServer.org website began in 1990 with a few critical publications and is now hosted by Iowa State University and has over 35,000 publications, with the number growing. This site will be of interest to a range of students as it provides indepth links to subjects such as: art; architecture; aesthetic theories; cultural theory; cybertheory; government; bibliographies; calls for papers; drama; education; feminism; scholarly resources and journals and too many more to name. The plethora of works available ensures many students will find something pertinent. Of the myriad critical studies these are some well-know names: Mary Wollstonecraft; Aphra Behn; Marx; William Faulkner; Jane Austen; Samuel Johnson; Mona Lisa and again, many many more. Each section is divided by subject heading and then within that section are links to primary sources, secondary and critical sources also although most sources are text documents there are often images and links to external sites included.
This website provides a basic glossary of literary terms. As of July 2009 the site is still incomplete (last revised in 1999), and lacks many of the rhetorical terms the title promises. All entries are listed alphabetically, each item linking to a specific term. Each definition includes hyperlinks to other terms where appropriate, and some include illustrative examples. An index of topics sorts individual terms according to whether they are applied to poetry, the novel, or drama. 'The Book' heading groups basic bibliographical terms, and a 'genre' heading intends to familiarise the user with more specific generic terms, such as 'Bildungsroman'. There is also a 'history' heading, under which are arranged the various traditional periods and schools of literary history. Unfortunately, the index of topics is not hyperlinked, thus serving only as an example how to find relevant items in the glossary. This resource might be useful for non-specialists faced with literary criticism, or literature undergraduates at the outset of their courses.
This online resource provides an alphabetical quick reference guide of rhetorical terms, indexed alphabetically from alliteration to zeugma. Descriptions are succinct and are complemented well by the examples given. In many instances links are provided from the examples given to an electronic version of the text cited at the Perseus Digital Library website. These links usefully take the visitor to the precise point in the text from which the examples is given. The examples are predominantly from classical texts, but others are from modern and early modern sources. The resource is provided by Ross Scaife of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Kentucky.
'A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices' is part of former university lecturer Robert A. Harris's educational site 'VirtualSalt'. This online handbook provides definitions and examples for 60 rhetorical terms, along with a short self-test for students. The handbook was originally printed in 1980, but has now effectively been superseded by its author's new book (details of which are provided on the site). However, the definitions are clear and detailed in this version, and would provide a very useful source of reference for students of this subject.
'Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion' is an open academic ejournal, with content freely available online in full-text form. At October 2008 there is one issue available online. Harlot aims to be... "provoking playful and serious conversations about rhetoric - from reality television to public monuments, religion to pop music, and everything in between". There is also a weblog, a wiki, and an online discussion forum associated with the journal. The website has details of the aims of the journal, the editorial team, and the submission and review process. Articles in the first issue include, among others: 'A Provocation: Queer is Not a Substitute for Gay/Lesbian'; 'Caroling Commercialism: The Rhetorical Power of Christmas Music'; and 'Beijing's 2008 Olympic Games'.
The Immediacy of Rhetoric: Definitions, Illustrations, and Implications is an online version of Steven D. Krause's PhD dissertation. The thesis addresses issues of rhetoric relating to the Internet. Looking in particular at notions of immediacy, Krause examines how postmodernity and new technology alter and destabilise traditional concepts such as: the rhetor; the audience; and the 'message'. Beginning with a discussion of 'kairos', the thesis goes on to study, using the theories of Derrida, Foucault, and Baudrillard, the relationship between 'immediacy' and 'situation'. An abstract is provided, along with a relatively modest bibliography.
Kairos is a peer-reviewed electronic journal that publishes scholarly articles relating to the intersection of rhetoric, technology and pedagogy. Each issue of the journal has a theme. Recent themes have included: digital scholarship; technology, popular culture and the art of teaching; electronic publishing; disability; hypertext fiction and hypertext poetry; and computers and writing. First published in 1996, the number of issues per year vary between one and four. Kairos is edited by James A. Inman and Douglas Eyman (George Mason University), with the support of a network of editors based at a number of American universities and an editorial board.
This Web page forms part of the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. It offers a commentary on Plato's hugely influential discussions of poetry and rhetoric, based on the texts of the Ion, the Republic, the Phaedrus, and the Gorgias. Each text is examined in turn, followed by a brief analysis of Plato's own dialogues as rhetoric and poetry. There is an extensive bibliography, and links to online editions of the texts being considered. This encyclopaedia entry offers a good scholarly introduction to Plato's ideas that should be of use to literature students as well as classicists and literary philosophers.
This website was inspired by the work of the Institute of Propaganda Analysis which was established in 1937 to educate the American public about the ways in which political propaganda could be used to influence their views. The website provides an introduction to modern propaganda techniques and political rhetoric, using the model devised by the IPA, with a discussion of its strength and weaknesses. The site has information on the nature of each technique and the way in which it may be used, such as name-calling, testimonials and fear. The site includes many examples of propaganda from the Second World War and from late twentieth-century America. As well as text files, there are also video clips of propaganda films that may be viewed with RealPlayer.
Rhetor is an online peer reviewed journal containing an eclectic collection of articles relating to rhetorical theory, practice, history and criticism. The journal was launched in 2004 by the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (CSSR) but only two issues seem to have resulted. Articles are written either in French or English. The full-texts of each article are freely available online in PDF format. The contents include: discussions of the 'liminal' status of rhetoric; an article on French political speeches; a study of 19th-century Hudson's Bay company correspondence; an article on learning conversational rhetoric in 18th century Britain; a paper on the possibility of a new rhetoric for modern Jewish Studies; an essay on Augustine and Christian rhetoric; and pieces concerning Philippe Quineault, George Frideric Handel, Frida Kahlo, and Kenneth Burke. The material is likely to be of interest to researchers in rhetoric, communications and social studies.
The materials in the Rhetoric Notes website have mostly been contributed by students taking Dale Sullivan's rhetoric course at Northern Illinois University, although there are some notes from established rhetorical theorists. The emphasis of the site is very much upon modern theories of rhetoric rather than classical or 'practical' rhetoric. The site contains bibliographies on 19th-century rhetoric, writing assessment theory, and 'writing across the curriculum'. There are three essays on rhetorical concepts, covering discourse communities, literature in composition classes, and the debate surrounding rhetoric as epistemic. There are essays on 20th-century rhetorical theorists such as: Hélène Cixous; Jürgen Habermas; Julia Kristeva; Erika Lindemann; I A Richards; and Robert L Scott. There are comments from rhetorical theorists, and a number of book reviews are also included. Although the editor hopes that the site 'will provide starting places for people new to the field of rhetoric', this site will probably be of more interest to critical theorists.
The Rhetoric Review website provides information on a scholarly, peer reviewed print journal covering all aspects of rhetoric: history; theory; writing; praxis; technical and professional communication; philosophy; criticism; and education. The site provides tables of contents for past, present, and forthcoming editions, as well as submission guidelines and subscription details. There is also a list of peer reviewers and contact details for the editors. Students and researchers in this area would find this publication of interest.
The website of the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) is designed to promote the Society and its aims of furthering the study, teaching, and practice of rhetoric. The Society's interests cover all aspects and applications of rhetoric, from its classical origins, to political debate, to visual media and the role of rhetoric in modern popular culture. The RSA organises conferences and publishes the journal Rhetoric Society Quarterly. Although the full-texts of the journal articles are not available online, there is an archive of contents pages with abstracts from editions since 2000. Submission and subscription information is also provided. The RSA sponsors several awards, details of which are also available online. In addition the website provides a comprehensive list of related links (although these are aimed at American members and users) and a 'members only' section.
Rhetorical resources is a website designed to provide information for students studying the Theory and Literature of Rhetoric course at Bradley University. The site is the work of Dr Edward Lee Lamoureux and gives access to various resources for the study of rhetoric from Plato (429-347BCE) to the present day. Items available include: lecture notes with links to relevant texts; links to other related sites; and a bibliography. The site is easy to navigate and clearly written, and would interest students new to the topic.
Rhetorical Review, edited by Dr Pernille Harsting, is an electronic journal that publishes book reviews of new publications on the history of rhetoric. It is the result of international collaboration of specialists in the field of rhetoric.The journal was launched in June 2003 and is published three times a year in February, June and October. Publications reviewed cover all aspects of the history of rhetoric in various languages. All reviews are written in English. All back issues are archived and available full-text. There is an cumulative A-Z listing of authors and editors of books reviewed plus an A-Z book title listing.
Rhetorical Theory is a website providing information on classical and modern rhetoric and rhetoricians. The site also acts as a gateway to a great many related but independent sites offering additional information, criticism, and debate on the subjects covered. Specific authors featured include: Socrates; Plato; Aristotle; Cicero; Quintilian; and Augustine. In addition to these there is a long list of other 'rhetorical scholars' from all periods. The site includes definitions of the various rhetorical divisions, and links are provided to some of the classical treatises on rhetoric. This website forms part of virtualology.com, an educational service aimed primarily at pre-university students, and which publishes students' class assignments on the web. This particular part of the site is however evidently aimed at the more advanced student. Unfortunately commercial advertising on the site is somewhat distracting.
Silva Rhetoricae: the Forest of Rhetoric has been developed as an online reference guide to rhetorical theories and terms. It covers both the classical and the Renaissance periods. The site offers an alphabetical glossary of technical terms for rhetorical tropes and figures. For each term, there is a definition, examples, pronunciation guideline, etymology, cross references, and a very useful list of sources. It is possible to search the site by keyword. There is a helpful overview of the art of rhetoric, including surveys of the various canons and parts of oratory, such as the judicial, deliberative, and epideictic kinds. Information about classical practices for training in rhetoric is also given. The site is attractively designed, and has won a number of awards for its content. It provides a useful introduction to rhetoric for students of classical and Renaissance literature, and a very good quick reference source for researchers.