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Michael Moore and the Rhetoric of Documentary
by Thomas W. Benson , Brian J. Snee , Jennifer L. Borda , Christine Harold , Brian L. Ott , Susan A. Sci , Thomas Rosteck , Thomas S. Frentz , more…Edward Schiappa , Daniel Ladislau Horvath , Peter B. Gregg , Davis W. Houck , Joseph Delbert Davenport , Kendall R. Phillips …less
Not afraid to tackle provocative topics in American culture, from gun violence and labor policies to terrorism and health care, Michael Moore has earned both applause and invective in his career as a documentarian. In such polarizing films as Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Sicko, Moore has established a unique voice of radical nostalgia for progressivism, and ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 27th 2015 by Southern Illinois University Press
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This exemplary collection includes original essays on all of Moore's documentary films and an introduction exploring Moore's significance in the history of the documentary. Essay collections tend to be uneven, but the impressive contributors Benson (rhetoric, Penn State) and Snee (communication and media, Manhattanville College) assembled write both knowledgeably and clearly. Especially valuable is the treatment of Moore's reputation in the media, from the early, enthusiastic reception of Roger ...more