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The History and Theory of Rhetoric: An Introduction

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The History and Theory of Rhetoric offers an accessible discussion of the history of rhetorical studies in the Western tradition, from ancient Greece to contemporary American and European theorists. By tracing the historical progression of rhetoric from the Greek Sophists of the 5th Century B.C. to contemporary studies—such as the rhetoric of science and feminist rhetoric—

Paperback, Third Edition, 320 pages
Published May 10th 2004 by Allyn & Bacon (first published August 1st 1996)
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Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting for a text book.
This is a really complete and interesting textbook on rhetoric, but it is also just a textbook. Herrick does a good job surveying a wide range of rhetorical thought from the ancient Greeks to Foucault and Derrida.
The one major concern I have with the textbook is that it brings together a bunch of things that aren't directly rhetorical theory, including things like Habermas' public sphere theory and Foucault's analysis of discourse and power. These clearly have connections to rhetoric, but I feel
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice, simplistic history of rhetoric with practical explanations. After having read parts of The Rhetorical Tradition, which contains many of the primary texts that Herrick decodes, I am not ashamed to say that translators and the original authors of rhetorical theory have a poor sense of prose.

This type of information at least is understandable and pragmatic in its definitions.
Dan Richards
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Great book for a 200- or 300-level introduction to rhetoric course. The downside is that you still have to supplement with primary texts, but Herrick's overview, while truncated in some spots that many will have problems with, is well-informed by rhetorical scholarship in a way that allows students an opportunity to follow the breadcrumbs for more in-depth research projects.
James Zhan
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A required book for my rhetoric course. Herrick covered a lot of the history and theories of rhetoric, ranging from ancient Greek to the modern times. However, as comprehensive as it is, I did not have a great time reading it, as it was quite dry and tedious. I would probably not read it if it was not required for a course.
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
An excellent overview and historical survey of rhetoric.
Just the introductory section was so useful to me I ended up using it as the basis of a large component of my English Comp. class.
I'm reading it for the third time now.
Andrew Eick
This was the textbook used for my introduction to rhetoric survey course and I still flip through it now and then for clarification. an excellent first source for anyone interested in the study of rhetoric.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
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good overview of the topic, but this book is a prime example of over editing. seriously, the sentences have been so obviously overwrought that the whole thing ends up sounding like it was written for 5th graders.
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best textbook I've ever read. Clear, concise, and simple enough to understand. The author took 2,600 years of Rhetorical theory and made it available and easily accessible to a modern audience.
Adam Sprague
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Excellent introduction to the history and development of rhetoric.
Read this for a Professional Writing course. Read whatever chapters were required
Aug 07, 2011 added it
Very informative
This is for class.
Randy Hulshizer
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A basic, and rather naive, introduction to rhetoric.
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