Reflections on Rhetoric
Perhaps no other presidential candidate or sitting president has attracted as much attention from rhetorical critics as Barack Obama. Much of this work was conceived and written during Obama’s initial presidential campaign, or relatively early in his two terms in office. This book provides rhetorical critics an opportunity to revisit their published work on Obama in light of events that have occurred since its publication. In each chapter, these eminent critics begin by summarizing the analysis and conclusions in their original essays on Obama, and then reflect on their previous conclusions, revising or extending them in response to developments since the publication of the original work. The chapters provide a glimpse into the inventional strategies of practicing critics and into some of the ways that that critical insights may evolve over time. Scholars rarely have an opportunity to publish essays that reflect on their own previous work, even though few resources can be of greater use to both beginning critics and to established scholars seeking to continue to hone and reflect on their critical practice. This book, then, makes an important contribution not only to the existing literature on the 44th president of the United States, but also and perhaps most significantly to the study of the art and craft of rhetorical criticism.
Contributors Contributors David A. Frank is Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Oregon and served as dean of the Clark Honors College from 2008–2013. His research agenda in- corporates rhetorical theory and history, with a focus on Chaïm Perelman’s new rhetoric project, argumentation, the rhetoric of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, and the rhetoric of racial reconciliation. Most recently, Professor Frank and Michelle Bolduc were awarded a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study Perelman’s new rhetoric. Professor Frank, Paul Slovic, and Robin Gregory were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to study decision making in times of genocide. Oscar Giner is a Professor at the Herberger College of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Giner’s research focuses on myths and rituals of the Spanish Religious stage and Native American performance practices. He has published book chapters in Rhetoric, Materiality and Politics (Peter Lang, 2009); with Robert L. Ivie in Sourcebook for Political Communication Research (Routledge, 2011); and in Carmelo Santana Mojica’s edition of Tirso de Molina’s El burlador de Sevilla (Universidad de Puerto Rico, 2010). He is coauthor, with Robert L. Ivie, of Hunt the Devil: A Demonology of U.S. War Culture (University of Alabama Press, 2015). Ivie and Giner currently are work- ing on a sequel, “After Empire.” Their blog, “Hunt the Devil,” features mythic interventions in U.S. war culture. 170 | contributors Amy L. Heyse is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, California State University,...
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