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Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student

Fourth Edition

Edward P. J. Corbett and Robert J. Connors

Publication Date - August 1998

ISBN: 9780195115420

576 pages
Hardcover
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $164.99

Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student brings to life the three vital components of classical rhetoric--argument, arrangement, and style. The book illuminates the strategies and tactics of argumentation; effective presentation and organization; the development of power, grace, and felicity; and the history of rhetorical principles.

Description

Widely used in advanced composition and writing courses, Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student discusses the three vital components of classical rhetoric--argument, arrangement, and style--bringing these elements to life and demonstrating their effective use in yesterday's and today's writing. Presenting its subject in five parts, the text provides grounding in the elements and applications of classical rhetoric; the strategies and tactics of argumentation; the effective presentation and organization of discourses; the development of power, grace, and felicity in expression; and the history of rhetorical principles. Numerous examples of classic and contemporary rhetoric, from paragraphs to complete essays, appear throughout the book, many followed by detailed analyses.
The fourth edition of Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student features a new section on the Progymnasmata (classical composition exercises), a new analysis of a color advertisement in the Introduction, an updated survey of the history of rhetoric, and an updated section on "External Aids to Invention."

Previous Publication Date(s)

April 1990
April 1971

Table of Contents

    Preface
    I. INTRODUCTION
    Rhetorical Analysis of a Magazine Ad
    Homer, " The Envoys Plead with Achilles"
    Analysis of "The Envoys Plead with Achilles"
    A Brief Explanation of Classical Rhetoric
    The Five Canons of Rhetoric
    The Three Kinds of Persuasive Discourse
    The Relevance and Importance of Rhetoric for Our Times
    II. DISCOVERY OF ARGUMENTS
    Formulating a Thesis
    The Three Modes of Persuasion
    The Appeal to Reason
    Principles of Definition
    Other Methods of Definition
    The Syllogism
    The Enthymeme
    The Example
    The Fallacies
    The Ethical Appeal
    The Emotional Appeal
    The Topics
    The Common Topics
    Special Topics
    Manuel Bilsky, McCrea Hazlett, Robert E. Streeter, and Richard M. Weaver: "Looking for an Argument"
    Richard L. Larson: "A Plan for Teaching Rhetorical Invention"
    External Aids to Invention
    Biography
    Books of Quotations and Concordances
    Biblical Concordances
    Indexes to Periodicals
    Other Periodical Indexes
    Handbooks
    Dictionaries
    Other Specialized Dictionaries
    Bibliographies
    Some Bibliographical Guides to Various Disciplines
    Annual Bibliographies
    Syntopicon
    An Illustration of the Use of the Search Strategy
    Readings
    Rachel Carson: "The Obligation to Endure"
    Topical Analysis of Rachel Carson's "The Obligation to Endure"
    Socrates' Apology
    Analysis of the Topics in "Socrates' Apology"
    Obituary for Katharine Sergeant White
    An Analysis of the Topics in Katherine Sergeant White's Obituary
    James Madison: "The Federalist, No. 10"
    Mark Ashin: "The Argument of Madison's 'Federalist, #10'"
    Edmund Burke: "Letter to a Noble Lord"
    Thomas Henry Huxley: "Science and Culture"
    Matthew Arnold: "Literature and Science"
    III. ARRANGEMENT OF MATERIAL
    The Parts of a Discourse
    Introduction
    Statement of Fact
    Confirmation
    Refutation
    Conclusion
    Concluding Remarks on Arrangement
    Readings
    Thomas A. Sancton, "Planet of the Year"
    Analysis of the Arrangement in Thomas A. Sancton's "Planet of the Year"
    Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
    Analysis of the Arrangements of "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
    Henry David Thoreau: "Civil Disobedience"
    IV. STYLE
    Grammatical Competence
    Choice of Diction
    An Adequate Vocabulary
    Purity, Propriety, and Precision of Diction
    Composition of the Sentence
    Study of Style
    Kind of Diction
    Length of Sentences
    Kinds of Sentences
    Variety of Sentence Patterns
    Sentence Euphony
    Articulation of Sentences
    Figures of Speech
    Paragraphing
    A Student Report on a Study of Style
    Figures of Speech
    The Schemes
    The Tropes
    Concluding Remarks on the Figures of Speech
    Imitation
    Testimonies about the Value of Imitation
    Rollo Walter Brown: "How the French Boy Learns to Write
    Exercises in Imitation
    Readings
    Hugh Blair: "Critical Examination of the Style of Mr. Addison in No. 411 of The Spectator
    John F. Kennedy: "Inaugural Address"
    The Editors of The New Yorker: "John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address"
    Analysis of the Style of John F. Kennedy's "Inaugural Address"
    A Paragraph by Virginia Woolf to be Analyzed for Style
    An Analysis of the Style of the Paragraph by Virginia Woolf
    Analysis of Style as Persuasion in the "Letter from Birmingham Jail by Richard P. Fulkerson
    V. THE PROGYMNASMATA
    A Sequence of Assignments
    VI. A SURVEY OF RHETORIC
    Classical Rhetorics
    Rhetoric During the Middle Ages
    Some Continental Rhetoricians
    English Vernacular Rhetorics of the Sixteenth Century
    English Rhetorics of the Seventeenth Century
    English Rhetorics of the Eighteenth Century
    Rhetoric in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
    Bibliography
    Index

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