The Realms of Rhetoric

The Prospects for Rhetoric Education

Edited by Joseph Petraglia & Deepika Bahri

Subjects: Composition And Rhetoric Studies
Paperback : 9780791458105, 289 pages, October 2003
Hardcover : 9780791458099, 289 pages, October 2003

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Table of contents

Foreword: Seriously Considering Rhetoric Education
Wayne C. Booth

Introduction: Traveling among the Realms: A Tale of Big Rhetoric and Growing Ambitions
Deepika Bahri and Joseph Petraglia

PART 1: Language Theory and Rhetoric Education

1. The Logos of Techne (or, By Virtue of Art)
Walter Jost

2. Pathos, Pedagogy, and the Familiar: Cultivating Rhetorical Intelligence
Thomas J. Darwin

3. The Materiality of Rhetoric, the Subject of Language Use
David Bleich

4. A New Canon for a New Rhetoric Education
John T. Scenters-Zapico and Grant C. Cos

5. Changing the Subject
Thomas P. Miller

PART 2: Shaping Praxis: Curricular Forms and Formats

6. Becoming Rhetorical: An Education in the Topics
David Fleming

7. The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: Renewing Rhetoric Education in an Age of "Big Rhetoric"
William D. Fusfield

8. The Curricular Physics of Rhetoric Education
Rolf Norgaard

9. Identity Crisis: Rhetoric as an Epistemic and a Pedagogic Discipline
Joseph Petraglia

10. Beyond Specialization: The Public Intellectual, Outreach, and Rhetoric Education
Ellen Cushman

PART 3: Experiments and Experience

11. Across the Trenches: A Yearlong "Rhetoric Foundation Experience"
M. Lane Bruner and Hildegard Hoeller

12. Integrated Approaches to Teaching Rhetoric: Unifying a Divided House
Carolyn R. Miller, Victoria Gallagher, and Michael Carter

Epilogue: Rhetorical Studies, Communications, and Composition Studies: Disparate or Overlapping Discourse Communities?
Anne Beaufort


About the Contributors


Argues for a more theoretically-informed and cogent curricular space for rhetoric in the academy.


In The Realms of Rhetoric, contributors from a wide range of disciplines explore the challenges and opportunities faced in building a curricular space in the academy for rhetoric. Although rhetoric education has its roots in ancient times, the modern era has seen it fragmented into composition and public speaking, obscuring concepts, theories, and skills. Petraglia and Bahri consider the prospects for rhetoric education outside of narrow disciplinary constraints and, together with leading scholars, examine opportunities that can propel and revitalize rhetoric education at the beginning of the millennium.

Joseph Petraglia is Co-Director of Global Health Communications and an International Project Manager for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is the author of Reality by Design: The Rhetoric and Technology of Authenticity in Education and editor of Reconceiving Writing, Rethinking Writing Instruction. Deepika Bahri is Associate Professor of English at Emory University. She is the coeditor (with Mary Vasudeva) of Between the Lines: South Asians and Postcoloniality.