Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student

Hardcover | September 1, 1998

byEdward P. J. Corbett, Robert J. Connors

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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'swriting. 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; andthe 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 toInvention."

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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'swriting. Presenting its subject in five parts, t...

Edward P.J. Corbett is at Ohio State University (Emeritus). Robert J. Connors is at University of New Hampshire.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:578 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.18 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195115420

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Table of Contents

PrefaceI. INTRODUCTIONRhetorical Analysis of a Magazine AdHomer, " The Envoys Plead with Achilles" Analysis of "The Envoys Plead with Achilles"A Brief Explanation of Classical RhetoricThe Five Canons of RhetoricThe Three Kinds of Persuasive DiscourseThe Relevance and Importance of Rhetoric for Our TimesII. DISCOVERY OF ARGUMENTSFormulating a ThesisThe 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 AppealThe Topics The Common Topics Special TopicsManuel 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 SyntopiconAn Illustration of the Use of the Search StrategyReadingsRachel 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 ObituaryJames 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 MATERIALThe Parts of a Discourse Introduction Statement of Fact Confirmation Refutation ConclusionConcluding Remarks on ArrangementReadingsThomas 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. STYLEGrammatical CompetenceChoice of Diction An Adequate Vocabulary Purity, Propriety, and Precision of DictionComposition of the SentenceStudy 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 StyleFigures of Speech The Schemes The Tropes Concluding Remarks on the Figures of SpeechImitation Testimonies about the Value of Imitation Rollo Walter Brown: "How the French Boy Learns to Write Exercises in ImitationReadingsHugh Blair: "Critical Examination of the Style of Mr. Addison in No. 411 of The SpectatorJohn 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 WoolfAnalysis of Style as Persuasion in the "Letter from Birmingham Jail by Richard P. FulkersonV. THE PROGYMNASMATAA Sequence of AssignmentsVI. A SURVEY OF RHETORICClassical RhetoricsRhetoric During the Middle AgesSome Continental RhetoriciansEnglish Vernacular Rhetorics of the Sixteenth CenturyEnglish Rhetorics of the Seventeenth CenturyEnglish Rhetorics of the Eighteenth CenturyRhetoric in the Nineteenth and Twentieth CenturiesBibliographyIndex

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"An excellent text for Advanced Composition and Rhetoric because it allows you to pace the course according to the level of your classes."--Mark Craver, George Mason University