Commonplace Witnessing: Rhetorical Invention, Historical Remembrance, and Public Culture by Bradford VivianCommonplace Witnessing: Rhetorical Invention, Historical Remembrance, and Public Culture by Bradford Vivian

Commonplace Witnessing: Rhetorical Invention, Historical Remembrance, and Public Culture

byBradford Vivian

Hardcover | July 26, 2017

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Commonplace Witnessing examines how citizens, politicians, and civic institutions have adopted idioms of witnessing in recent decades to serve a variety of social, political, and moral ends. The book encourages us to continue expanding and diversifying our normative assumptions about whichhistorical subjects bear witness and how they do so. Commonplace Witnessing presupposes that witnessing in modern public culture is a broad and inclusive rhetorical act; that many different types of historical subjects now think and speak of themselves as witnesses; and that the rhetoric ofwitnessing can be mundane, formulaic, or popular instead of rare and refined. This study builds upon previous literary, philosophical, psychoanalytic, and theological studies of its subject matter in order to analyze witnessing, instead, as a commonplace form of communication and as a prevalent modeof influence regarding the putative realities and lessons of historical injustice or tragedy. It thus weighs both the uses and disadvantages of witnessing as an ordinary feature of modern public life.
Bradford Vivian is Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Pennsylvania State University. His previous books include Public Forgetting: The Rhetoric and Politics of Beginning Again (Penn State University Press, 2010), and his past honors include a Faculty Fellowship with the Center for Humanities and Information and a...
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Title:Commonplace Witnessing: Rhetorical Invention, Historical Remembrance, and Public CultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 26, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190611081

ISBN - 13:9780190611088

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