Bibliography of General Works and Landmark Essays in Rhetoric and Public Discourse

This bibliography drafts a list of key rhetorical handbooks, dictionaries and encyclopedias. It also lists landmark volumes and essays. To qualify as a "landmark" an essay should be the inaugural book or article in an area of rhetorical theory and criticism. Naturally opinions will differ here. Contributors are invited to submit their own favorites and editors to be generous. This is an annotated bibliography. Include a short description of the type of volume or area covered

Compilations, Handbooks, Dictionaries and Encyclopedias.

Parry-Giles, Shawn J., and J. Michael Hogan. The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address. Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ;: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Collection of Essays in rhetoric and public address.

Landmark Essays.

Please include the area of rhetoric for which each book or essay stands as a landmark.

Bitzer, Lloyd F. "The Rhetorical Situation." Philosophy and Rhetoric 1 (1968): 1-14. Inaugurates study of the "rhetorical situation."

Black, Edwin. Rhetorical Criticism: A Study in Method. 2nd ed. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1978. Key volume expanding neo-Aristotelianism into other areas including genre.

Black, Edwin. "The Second Persona." Quarterly Journal of Speech 56 (1970): 109-119. Inaugurates study of the "second persona" in rhetoric.

Bormann, Ernest G. The Force of Fantasy: Restoring the American Dream. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1985. Key work in Bormann's "fantasy theme" or "symbolic convergence" theory.

Charland, Maurice. Charland, Maurice. "Constitutive Rhetoric: The Case of the Peuple Quebecois. Quarterly Journal of Speech 73 (1987): 133-150. Begins the studies of "constitutive rhetoric."

Farrell, Thomas B. Norms of Rhetorical Culture. New Haven: Yale UP, 1993. Exposition of Farrell's lifetime project in social knowledge and language action.

Jamieson, Kathleen Hall. "Generic Constraints and the Rhetorical Situation." Philosophy and Rhetoric 6 (1973): 162-170. Landmark essay in the fields of rhetorical situation and genre.

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