Revives the classical strategies of ancient Greek and Roman rhetoricians and adapts them to the needs of contemporary writers and speakers.
The authors abandon thesis statements, the so-called modes of discourse, and the research paper in favor of the theory of knowledge and the argumentative strategies built into the ancient art of rhetoric. Emphasizing context and invention, they cover early rhetors, rhetorics, and teachers; and the rhetorical situation; stasis theory; commonplaces and ideology; ethical, pathetic, and extrinsic proofs; reasoning in rhetoric; arrangement; the formal topics; and style, memory and delivery . The end-of- chapter and end-of book exercises include explanations, classical and modern examples, and composing suggestions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.